New computers – Windows 7 – compatibility (4) – oddities
A few interesting … “undocumented features” of Windows 7 observed in the last couple of days.
One is that Windows 7 seems to have a great deal of difficulty remembering the window settings (placement, size, full screen, etc.) for non-Microsoft software. Not terribly important, perhaps, but greatly annoying, and new to Windows 7. (XP had some faults in that regard, but nothing like Win7.)
I plugged in one of my cameras this morning. Normally this would just be plug and play. However, I couldn’t find any entry for it in Windows Explorer, even though the computer had said that the new device was found, and the driver successfully installed. Unplugged and plugged again, and it still wouldn’t play. Finally went looking for devices and printers, and, under removeable storage it simply did not appear.
However, I noticed that one of the other devices had an oddly familiar name. When I clicked on that, I noticed that one of my mapped network drives was no longer that network drive, but the camera. Very odd.
(I must say that, once I found out [via Google, not Microsoft Help] how to access it, I very much appreciated the fact that you no longer have to go through contortions to get yourself a command prompt function via Windows Explorer. A “Shift-context menu” seems a bit arcane, though …)