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Windows 7: How to take control over Windows 7

30 Jun 2013   #1
Lord of Rings

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How to take control over Windows 7

Hello everybody,

I would like to understand and control Windows 7 better. I think that my understanding of windows 7 processes and working principles is very poor. Can you tell me where I can read more about what is happening with my computer during the start up phase? I would also like to have more control over the process.

I also believe that Microsoft has done a great job by keeping users on the surface far from understanding what is really happening with the computer and how Windows 7 is operating. By turning users into dummies Microsoft can constantly introduce changes that will force customers to buy its products and to learn old things in a new way. For example new windows 7 is shiny and colorful but I still miss thousands of old features from Windows XP. Not to mention the compatibility issue for hundreds of programs that once worked fine with win XP.

There is no doubt win 7 is more user friendly, more colorful etc, but it also alienates a user from the essence and turns it into a dummy.

If you can suggest any good books or any websites where I can read more to understand win 7 better, I will appreciate your help.

Thanks in advance,
Lord of Rings


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30 Jun 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

What features did you like in XP that you can't find in Windows 7?

For me, Windows 7 is better than XP in every way - and I'm a tweaker and tinkerer. I maybe don't tweak and tinker as much as some people, but I'm still 100% satisfied.

What exactly would you like to do?
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30 Jun 2013   #3
pcunite

Windows 10 x64
 
 

In technical forums and Microsoft publications the way Windows 7 operates is public knowledge. You need to become a part of these communities that discuss this information. Your grandma does not know how to work on her automobile, it is not because car manufactures are keeping secrets.
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30 Jun 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Reading here will give you a lot of information but it takes time. I'm not sure what you are trying to control.
Windows 7 does not works like XP it works better.
If you have something you are trying to do and don't know how; please just ask a more precise question. Their will be someone out of a quarter of a million members that will be able to help.
Your system spec is very lacking. That information helps us help you. Try this below. You could also take a look at my specs or others to get a idea of information that helps.

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30 Jun 2013   #5
x BlueRobot

 

Welcome to the forums Lord of Rings,

Windows is a closed operating system, therefore the general public won't have access to the source files, which in my opinion is great for security, if the source files were open and public, then anyone would be able to exploit the vulnerabilities within the code.

Windows does offer backwards compatibility for older programs, XP Mode is available for editions such as Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. Alternatively, you could run XP in a VM, even though that is what XP Mode is.

How much detail would you like to know about Windows? You will able to read plenty of Wiki and Driver Development web pages explaining the internals of the operating system if that's how deep you wish to learn.
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30 Jun 2013   #6
Lord of Rings

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
What features did you like in XP that you can't find in Windows 7?

For me, Windows 7 is better than XP in every way - and I'm a tweaker and tinkerer. I maybe don't tweak and tinker as much as some people, but I'm still 100% satisfied.

What exactly would you like to do?
Thank you very much for wanting to help me. For beginning I will mention only a small thing that I miss from Win XP. There has been a small utility called FOLDER SIZE which has showed the size of file or folder in Win XP. Is there a possible way for Windows Explorer to show the size of a file or folder in Win 7? I am not talking about a separate utility which can do the job, but Win Explorer (My Computer) with a possible help of an external utility.
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30 Jun 2013   #7
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lord of Rings View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
What features did you like in XP that you can't find in Windows 7?

For me, Windows 7 is better than XP in every way - and I'm a tweaker and tinkerer. I maybe don't tweak and tinker as much as some people, but I'm still 100% satisfied.

What exactly would you like to do?
Thank you very much for wanting to help me. For beginning I will mention only a small thing that I miss from Win XP. There has been a small utility called FOLDER SIZE which has showed the size of file or folder in Win XP. Is there a possible way for Windows Explorer to show the size of a file or folder in Win 7? I am not talking about a separate utility which can do the job, but Win Explorer (My Computer) with a possible help of an external utility.
Natively, there is no easy way to display the folder(s) size, but you can still use "Folder Size" for the task.

HTH
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30 Jun 2013   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can just hover the cursor over the folder and it will show you the size and date and other information.
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30 Jun 2013   #9
Lord of Rings

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcunite View Post
In technical forums and Microsoft publications the way Windows 7 operates is public knowledge. You need to become a part of these communities that discuss this information. Your grandma does not know how to work on her automobile, it is not because car manufactures are keeping secrets.
Yes, this is exactly what I would like to know: the way Win 7 operates explained in a logical and cause-and-effect manner. Is there a youtube video you may recommend from an university lecturer about the topic, or is there a book you would like to recommend. I liked books from Peter Norton very much and the way he was explaining things about computers. I mean his stile of writing. Not only the information, but the reason why as well with some historical background.

Thanks,
LOR
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30 Jun 2013   #10
Lord of Rings

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You can just hover the cursor over the folder and it will show you the size and date and other information.
Thank you for your help. Can I have this information in a column in Win Explorer?
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