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Windows 7: New user questions

20 Dec 2013   #1
FDM

Win 7
 
 
New user questions

Transitioning from XP to Win 7 Pro and am slowly climbing the learning curve at advanced age. I have found the Tutorial and have fond many answers to my expanding questions. Here are a couple that I need help with:

1. Is there a way to configure 7 Window Explorer to look like XP - i.e., the folder/file tree where one can drag and drop files and folders and,

2. In OS (C I find 3 different Program Folders: Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Program Data. What is the difference - each appears to have programs that are functional?


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20 Dec 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Have a look at Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements it may be what you want for Windows Explorer.

As for the Program folders with a 64-bit system you get Program Files (that's where 64-bit programs install to) and you get Program Files (x86) (that is where 32-bit programs install to) and Program Data is where all the program store their data.

Jerry
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20 Dec 2013   #3
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Is this what you want?

Image Source:Hotkey to show/hide left-hand `treeview` of Windows Explorer - Super User

Note: There is no Hot Key as stated, the link is only to provide the source of the image.


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20 Dec 2013   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

It does sound like your missing the Navigation pane ?
Also like Bongo has posted here is a local tutorial,
Look more like x-p,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/77626-convert-windows-xp-style.html
And a somewhat popular threads on Answers.com,
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/how-to-make-windows-7-look-like-xp/257ad2da-b7e4-4ca4-9795-8da1db1429a7
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20 Dec 2013   #5
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I agree with Bongo in terms of the program files and program folders he is referring to. That is is pretty much in a nutshell.
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20 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I personally think it is a mistake trying to simulate XP facilities in Windows 7. Win7 is so much more powerful than XP that it is worth learning the new ways - especially in Explorer with all the library facilities.
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20 Dec 2013   #7
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I do agree with whs above. Windows 7 is by far a way better operating system then xp. Better designed, etc.
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21 Dec 2013   #8
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Many thanks to all responders for their input. I just got comfortable with the XP windows Windows Explorer split screen tree that made it easy to drag and drop files from one location to another. I haven't yet found a simple way to accomplish it other than copy and paste in Win 7 apparently it is not possible or practical.
FDM
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21 Dec 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Drag and drop is a very dangerous operation. Sometimes one drags the wrong file and then you don't find it any more. The proper way is this:

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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22 Dec 2013   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Drag and drop can be a unpredictable operation for sure,
I've always right click drag and drop because it gives options Copy to/ Move to/ Create shortcut to/ and my personal favorite Cancel
Which cancel has saved a few booboos

But there is also Cut and Paste ?
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