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Windows 7: 7, I Hate!

04 Mar 2011   #1
Sp3c5

7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
7, I Hate!

Hey guys,

I just came from XP to 7 Ultimate 64Bit to be able to utilize my 6GB of RAM. As of now, 7 is making me made nuts as there are a few things that drive to the point where I feel like I'm using a Mac because it simply just does not make any sense!

First thing I realized, I can't view GIFs in Photo Viewer no more and instead opens up IE (kind alike a Mac). WTFFFF. I have Chrome installed FFS. I don't want to be launching IE and even less just to view a bloody GIF image. So I right click it, Open With... I use the Search Box to find Chrome and yields no results. So then I try Photo Viewer and it's just a still image. At this point, I'm ready to throw the F*****G thing out the window. Dumbest thing I have ever seen!

Next in line; when I have Windows Explorer open and I want to navigate to a new destination, I click the drop down menu and... THERE IS NOTHING! Instead I got to open that Navigation Pane which is a total eye sore! Why include a F*****G drop down box and not include any relevant directories? Instead it's a very few list of recently opened, not important folders! What happened to XP style? That was functional!

The weirdest thing by far is the whole "Libraries" thing. What's the damn point? It's so annoying and I see it to be completely useless. Was it made for morons who can't properly find the desired folders so they go and mash em' up in some "virtual" folder? If I want my X and Y folder in the same directory ill just put em' together! What's the problem? You don't want your X and Y folder to be in the same directory? Move em'! It's like a "loop" folder.. I just really don't get it... Your Windows Explorer IS your library! Is the tool you use to organize your folders! So why would I need "Libraries"??

At this very moment, I've never raged so hard about an OS. I feel like Microsoft went to Mac route and screwed up even harder. That damn Windows Explorer icon beside the Start button is like Macs "Finder". Useless Junk icon. I open it up and brings me right to Libraries.. I'm going to throw this machine out onto a busy highway.

Now where did I put my XP CD... Damnit..

/EndRage

/Begin Question

If someone can please help me out with the Drop Down menu in Windows Explorer to show relevant locations it would be greatly appreciated!

And a way to view GIFs "normally".



/Thanks guys!


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04 Mar 2011   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Whenever a file opens with the wrong program, rightclick on it to Open With the program you want. You may have to browse to it's executable in the Program Files to set it as default.

I'm not sure what drop-down menu you're referring to in Explorer other than the Tools along the top, but the explorer tree at the left is so useful I miss it sorely when in XP or Vista. You can overlook the Libraries until you find a use for them (put any folder in a Library by rightclicking). Just browse into C: to find the folder you want to drop something into, wait until the tree stops expanding to show you all sub-folders to drop the file. This allows you to do everything in one window.

I know it takes some adjustment from XP but in no time you'll get the hang of it. Ask back if you have anything else.
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05 Mar 2011   #3
reborn7778

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

For the view GIF, you can install and it is a free. IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide. enjoy!
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05 Mar 2011   #4
Sp3c5

7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Thanks for the fast reply!

I understand the whole process to open a file with a program and make it stick, it's the same as XP. What I want to know is, what the hell are we supposed to use to open GIF images? I don't fell like having 20 million Chrome tabs open just to browse em'. You get what I'm saying?

As for the drop down menu in Windows Explorer... I don't know how I can be more clear.. It's the only one.. it's at the top. And when I click it, there is nothing useful to display, so what's the point? Why can't it display Desktop, My computers, A list of all my HDD and removable storages and so on, just like XP? Instead it's just a browser history.. and messy to! Ye I could use the Navigation Pane but my natural instinct is to go to the Address Bar. I mean after all, it IS an address bar.

/Question

Where is the UpFolder button? And no, don't tell me the back button.

/Thanks!


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05 Mar 2011   #5
Sp3c5

7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reborn7778 View Post
For the view GIF, you can install and it is a free. IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide. enjoy!
Thanks but I find and XP like Viewer.
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05 Mar 2011   #6
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sp3c5 View Post
...The weirdest thing by far is the whole "Libraries" thing. What's the damn point? It's so annoying and I see it to be completely useless. Was it made for morons who can't properly find the desired folders so they go and mash em' up in some "virtual" folder?...
Just one scenario:

Suppose you had a folder for recent pictures you were still editing, another folder for pictures you were sorting and tagging, then another folder for pictures which were exactly like you wanted them: tagged, sorted, and archived by date & subject.

Might be nice to have one central (virtual) location where you could find everything all at once, right?

Multiply that by Videos, Music, Documents, Backups, Programs, etc, and you have a one-stop location for all your data - even stuff you've stashed across multiple drives, networked computers, etc.

Even a moron like myself could see where that might be useful.

Of course, nothing is making you use them...
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05 Mar 2011   #7
Sp3c5

7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sp3c5 View Post
...The weirdest thing by far is the whole "Libraries" thing. What's the damn point? It's so annoying and I see it to be completely useless. Was it made for morons who can't properly find the desired folders so they go and mash em' up in some "virtual" folder?...
Just one scenario:

Suppose you had a folder for recent pictures you were still editing, another folder for pictures you were sorting and tagging, then another folder for pictures which were exactly like you wanted them: tagged, sorted, and archived by date & subject.

Might be nice to have one central (virtual) location where you could find everything all at once, right?

Multiply that by Videos, Music, Documents, Backups, Programs, etc, and you have a one-stop location for all your data - even stuff you've stashed across multiple drives, networked computers, etc.

Even a moron like myself could see where that might be useful.

Of course, nothing is making you use them...
It's a valid point I must admit. I just hate how MS tried to make everything evolve around it. It was almost like they were trying to force me to stop using normal navigation through a drive.
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05 Mar 2011   #8
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sp3c5 View Post
...It was almost like they were trying to force me to stop using normal navigation through a drive.
I use Windows Explorer a lot, but am also a big fan of Quad Explorer for Windows - Q-Dir

Give it a shot, and don't be afraid to mess with the settings under "Extras".
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05 Mar 2011   #9
BogdanH

Windows 7 HomePremium 64bit
 
 

Hi,

I'm Win user since DOS. There were ups and downs, but Win7 is the best till now, IMO. However, there are many thing where I agree with Sp3c5: some times I have a feeling MS thinks Win7 users are morons (aka: Win can even be managed by 8-years old kid).
The sad truth is, there are many Win user who have no clue about disk management: they just throw things into.. where shall I?... yes: there's "My Music"! And see: there's also a place for "My Video"! What a great OS! Of course, they have no idea where their files actually are -Win reinstalling comes to mind?
There (above) was mentioned how Libraries can be usefull. Whatever...
For me, after changing few things (one of them being hidding of Libraries), Win7 is pleasant to use.

Just my 2c,
Bogdan
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05 Mar 2011   #10
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sp3c5 View Post
I click the drop down menu and... THERE IS NOTHING!
For your dropdown in explorer:
1. Probably can get it back simply by ticking "Store and display recently opened programs..." in Start menu > Properties
2. Another possiblilty: Internet Options > Content tab > Autocomplete "Settings" button: tick your preferences
3. But if you disabled Internet Explorer like I do, and some of the autocomplete settings are gone, then go to
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete]
Set "AutoSuggest" to yes

Edit: The above is for the recent places dropdown at the right. If you want to see Desktop, Computer, etc use the little dropdown at the left, and while you're at it try the other dropdowns - the Windows 7 address bar is far more versatile than XP and you'll like it when you get used to it, I think.
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