Microsoft revamped the Copy Dialog box in Windows 8. You now get useful visualizations of the progress and speed of your file copy. You can also pause/resume individual copies if you're doing many in parallel. Microsoft also claims that file copies now properly resume if you put your system to sleep and wake it up later.

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  • alcalde - Friday, March 02, 2012 - link

    Thank you; I was about to point this out... well, all except for the "KDE is an abomination" part. :-) If you're a Windows user and hate Metro UI, take a look at OpenSUSE Linux and the KDE desktop... everything being added to Win8 0 this copy functionality, ability to "refresh" install, mount ISOs and virtual drives, flash drive booting, etc. - is already there, plus there's a touch interface that can be toggled on and off but not forced on you. The regular desktop is just that... a nice, normal desktop with a regular launcher, but the best I've used on any OS (like WIn7 but slightly better). Every object on the desktop is a widget (even the task launcher, panel, system tray, etc) so you can completely swap around and customize the desktop. You also won't get the Metro-apps-can't-multitask and all-Metro-apps-have-to-come-from-our-app-store lock-in.

    I took a look at it and Win7 when an XP install got messed up and I knew I was going to have to install an OS no matter what about 1.5 years ago, and after one year I realized I was still "testing" it :-) and made the switch official. Seeing what MS is sadly doing to Windows (I suspect forcing the Metro UI on people so they'll be accustomed to it and want to buy a WP7 phone the same way Apple is slowly turning OS X into iOS to lure iPhone users to Macs) I'm glad I left when I did.
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  • DukeN - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Perhaps MS can bring file copy performance to XP levels atleast.

    Win 7 is horribly slow compared to XP for simple (and large) file copies. Maybe Windows 8 can fix the speed issue first, before bloating up another simple thing.
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  • Dug - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Very true, but at least 7 improved on Vista. In Vista you would have to wait 30 seconds before it even started copying a 1MB file. Reply
  • alyarb - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    this is the best image you could get? Reply
  • bigboxes - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Sigh, it's a photo of a Microsoft presentation @ MWC 2012. You did know that, right? Reply
  • mike55 - Friday, March 02, 2012 - link

    Comic relating to this feature: http://xkcd.com/612/

    I like how much information it looks like the new dialog gives you. It's a bit hard to tell from the picture. Sure, I don't really need all of that info, but I'm a sucker for graphs.
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