Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th Jul 2005 15:32 UTC, submitted by Wim van Buuren
Windows Longhorn will have some new features that will be particularly interesting for hardware hackers: The Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSat) is basically a built-in benchmarking tool that should help with determining what affect a new component is having on the system, and another, unnamed feature looks for hardware changes on boot, and, if it finds any, will restart the hardware configuration process.
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Better errors would be nice
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 12th Jul 2005 16:16 UTC
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I'd be happy if Windows just gave more descriptive error messages. I shouldn't have to google a bluescreen error code to find out if a crash was caused by bad RAM or a problem with the video card driver, etc.

My personal favourite recently came when trying to import settings in Outlook Express. "Settings could not be imported because an error has occurred." Thanks a lot, that's really bloody useful.

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