Written on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 by Jessica

Microsoft Windows is so annoying that a website,, is devoted entirely to helping people deal all the irritations of life with Windows.

My current annoyance? When copying a whole bunch of files, why, oh why, does Windows stop copying if it encounters a file of the same name? I usually run into this with the Thumbs.db file. I might have 20 minutes left on the copy, so I leave the computer and expect Windows to be all done when I come back. But no! I return to find a prompt that is asking me if I want to replace the old file with the new one. Why can't Windows just set that file aside and continue copying? I now have 17 minutes left in the copy.

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  1. Myron Davis |

    Exactly... but that is what windows is. It is an operation system then tries to think "what do you REALLY want to do", in order to save you in case you gave it a wrong direction.

    I just imagine windows being the little kid that questions everything you want it to do.

    Unlike unix which is blindly obedient and never questions anything even to the point of completely destroying itself if you ask it too.

    I like the blindly obedient system better.

  2. Teriana |

    I hate it even worse when I'm copying files and it gives an error message saying one file is protected or something so it quites. Then I have to go through the files to find out where it stopped copying.

  3. Jessica |

    There's definitely something to be said for blind obedience. But it is the reason I've never made the leap to Unix. I figure that since I don't know what I'm doing, I'll be the one destroying my system. :)

    Teriana, I wonder if someone has written a copying utility to help up avoid these pitfalls.

  4. Unknown |

    Ditto! I do like that Vista asks if you want to copy and replace or copy and keep both. But yeah, my computer has been giving me fits!

    there's something at my place for you. :)

  5. Jessica |

    Wow, you're the first person I've heard say anything good about Vista. :)


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