Category: Developer

Windows 8 (8.1) vs. The Power User, Part 1

As many of you know, I develop the highly popular program known as Restore Point Creator. It’s a program that gives users (Power Users) far more control over how System Restore works in Windows. It gives you all of the ability to use and maintain System Restore all in one easy to use program without having to go to various different places in Windows to maintain your system’s System Restore. This program was written by a Power User for Power Users.

On Windows 8/8.1 it seems that Microsoft wants to take the power away from the power user. When developing the program for Windows 8 there’s a lot of hacks that I have to add to the system to keep Microsoft’s hands away from System Restore. For instance, I have to add several registry entries just so that I can keep Windows 8 from deleting restore points. Why Microsoft? Why are you deleting restore points that the user created?

Now, I understand that Windows 8 was created for tablets and other various touchscreen devices that might have limited amounts of storage space but on the desktop people have huge storage devices. For those types of machines allow the user to keep as many restore points as they want. If they want 16, let them. 24? Let them. 36? Let them! Who’s in charge here? Last time I checked it was the user, the person sitting in front of the keyboard and mouse that owns the computer in question; not Microsoft.

But here I am having to fight Windows 8 in that it seems to want to delete restore points for no good reason other than the fact that it seems to think it may be on a tablet that has limited flash memory storage. The problem is that we’re not, we’re on a desktop with hard drives in excess of 750 GBs of storage space; quit assuming that we’re using limited flash memory storage space.

Once again the idea that this operating system was designed for tablets and other touchscreen mobile devices comes up. It was then shoehorned into being a desktop operating system. A “one size fits nobody” paradigm.