User:Alex Ionescu/Alex's 0.3.0 'User Wow Factor' Ideas

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Here are some totally non-technical (or easy to implement) ideas to make ReactOS much more user-friendly, even if only on the surface:


  • Ship with FreeLDR timeout set to 0.
  • NTLDR theme as default. FreeLDR is both ugly, overly-confusing for true newbies, and makes booting seem longer.

Second Stage

  • Boot at 800x600 instead of 640x480. Fallback if impossible. Or let user choose from a dropdown list.
  • Prettify the Wizard a bit: Use Windows XP-styled Wizard (all that's needed is the large backdrop app, the dialog can stay on top)
  • Disable or hide non-functional buttons on the Wizard. It's confusing/depressing/frowned upon to see buttons to choose the keyboard layout on the wizard and see they do nothing when you click on them.

First Boot and forward

  • Boot with a nice desktop wallpaper (maybe of the users choose like in Windows Vista)... something really catchy.
  • Boot with a readme file on the desktop, as well as icons for My Computer, My Network Places, Recycle Bin and IBrowser icon. They should all open the appropriate shell namespace.
  • Support adding new shortcuts to the desktop.
  • Use a CONSISTENT ICON SET! Use Tango until mf's icons are ready. Make startmenu 24x24.
  • Use a hack to Center taskbar buttons until activation contexts work right.
  • Support transparent text labels for desktop icons.

Control Panels

  • Have a working network panel!