This is a silly question.

In Windows 7/Vista when a user trying to copy multiple file, it looks like he has five options:

  1. Copy and Replace
  2. Don't Copy
  3. Copy, but keep both files
  4. Skip
  5. Cancel the operation.

It looks to me that option 2 (Don't Copy) is the same as 4 (Skip). However, it's kind of strange for Microsoft to put two buttons that perform the same action. I probably miss something.

Could you please tell me what I'm missing?


I think it's for DAUs which are familiar with the old replace window and are immune against learning new things..

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    I'd like to learn something new. What does DAU stand for? – Vadim Oct 22 '10 at 17:17
  • well.. it's for german "Dümmster anzunehmender User" which is like "most dumb user ever imaginable" – schöppi Oct 23 '10 at 0:10

Correct, they are virtually the same in function.

However, it doesn't seem strange to me at all that Microsoft would do something absolutely redundant and stupid.

Consider: If you open up "Computer" and click on "Organize" then select "Folder and Search Options", click the "View" tab. You see a whole bunch of checkboxes... Except for... Hidden Files and folders! Now tell me, what is the functionality difference between two radio buttons (on/off) or one checkbox (on/off)? I think it's been that way since Win95? Inane inconsistencies in UI design.

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Its the same as the difference between Abort and Fail.

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