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The various versions of Microsoft's desktop operating system, Windows, have received many criticisms since Microsoft's inception.

Criticisms that apply to several or all versions of Windows

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Clock management

Windows expects the real-time clock of the computer to run on local time. Since Windows NT there has been a registry entry RealTimeIsUniversal=1, but this feature is not supported or fully implemented yet (including Vista), so it is not possible to run the real-time clock on Coordinated Universal Time, which may be desirable to, for example, avoid problems with multi-boot environments or disk images and daylight saving time, because Windows changes the real-time clock when switching to or from daylight saving time. However, other operating systems or other instances of Windows cannot know if the real-time clock has been changed already. This setting has been revised under Windows Vista SP2 , Windows 7 (RC) and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Beta). [1][2]

File sort order

Starting with Windows XP, Microsoft introduced a new logical default sort order for files in the Windows Explorer file manager which can lead to confusion for programs and users that have come to rely on a strict alphanumeric sort order. There is no simple way to switch back to the earlier sort order. This is by design.[3][4] However, a configuration option can be added by importing a small registry modification.[5]

Hiding of filename extensions

By default, the Windows Explorer file manager hides filename extensions. This can be used to trick users into running malicious programs that they have previously downloaded. If a computer virus has the name "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs", for example, its name will be displayed as "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT" and appears to be a text file. The hiding of a large number of filename extensions can be disabled via menu settings,[6] but some extensions will remain hidden unless the user edits the system registry.[7]

Bloatware and minimum system requirements

Microsoft Windows has been criticised for being bloated.[8] Newer versions of Microsoft Windows requires more powerful hardware to run, compared to the previous versions. For more information, please read the "Examples" section of the software bloat page.

Criticisms that apply only to a specific version of Windows

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