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Windows 7: The legacy of Windows 7 - last of a breed?

27 May 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

I think they'll continue to resist this since they revamped their marketing model to sell apps on the Metro screen. This is counter to the desktop which they can't monetize similarly since no one doing productive work realy wants their crApps.

The irony of 8 is that it is poised to ruin the desktop experience which is what MS OS's are most prized for: productive, intuitive desktop work such as what drives the world economy. This has overshadowed its performance on the platform where it belongs, touchscreens, where it actually has competitive advantages with the live tiles that beat Ipad's dead icons.


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27 May 2013   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Everything I've read indicates that the rumored "Start Button" is just going to do what the Windows key on your keyboard does now. I haven't seen anything from Microsoft that even hints at resurrecting the classic start menu.
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27 May 2013   #13
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

At a local computer shop, the owner runs his invoicing and sales on Win 8 computers. But he has them looking like Win 7. No tiles. No crap. And a Start button.

I didn't stop to ask him how. but if he can do it, so can anyone else.
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27 May 2013   #14
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lhorwinkle View Post
At a local computer shop, the owner runs his invoicing and sales on Win 8 computers. But he has them looking like Win 7. No tiles. No crap. And a Start button.

I didn't stop to ask him how. but if he can do it, so can anyone else.
But why bother?
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27 May 2013   #15
theveterans

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lhorwinkle View Post
At a local computer shop, the owner runs his invoicing and sales on Win 8 computers. But he has them looking like Win 7. No tiles. No crap. And a Start button.

I didn't stop to ask him how. but if he can do it, so can anyone else.
But why bother?
IMO, it maybe probably due to arguably noticable performance improvements like better RAM management, less GPU strain due to removal of Aero theme or even the "ribbon" Windows explorer interface.

IMO, Windows 8 forcing desktop composition to be always enabled always breaks old program compatibility. That's why I still choose Windows 7 despite 8's arguably better performance. If Windows 8 has a feature to turn off metro, charms bar and hot corner menus, and the most important for me "disable desktop composition" to enable playing old games, I will definitely consider upgrading.
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28 May 2013   #16
McRuff

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
But why bother?
There is only one for me anyway, which is the changes to the Licensing Conditions introduced with the System Builder License. Being able to reinstall it on other hardware unlike the OEM License of Windows 7 and being much cheaper then the W7 retail version.

However that only brings it to my consideration as long as I can completely hide the Unnecessary, Ugly Metro interface. I have no interest in walled garden apps or the push to Cloud computing on a Desktop PC.
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28 May 2013   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Everything I've read indicates that the rumored "Start Button" is just going to do what the Windows key on your keyboard does now. I haven't seen anything from Microsoft that even hints at resurrecting the classic start menu.
I thought that was supposed to be the function of the the start button on the new Windows 8 mouse?

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28 May 2013   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

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28 May 2013   #19
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lhorwinkle View Post
At a local computer shop, the owner runs his invoicing and sales on Win 8 computers. But he has them looking like Win 7. No tiles. No crap. And a Start button.

I didn't stop to ask him how. but if he can do it, so can anyone else.
Very easy to do see here:
Windows 8 Start Button - Start Menu for Windows 8
I have my Win8 on a VM but it opens to a desktop with all the old Win 7 functions, I like it but then being so young I find change very easy to accommodate
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28 May 2013   #20
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Everything I've read indicates that the rumored "Start Button" is just going to do what the Windows key on your keyboard does now. I haven't seen anything from Microsoft that even hints at resurrecting the classic start menu.
I thought that was supposed to be the function of the the start button on the new Windows 8 mouse?

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Same thing, just another Windows key/button.
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