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Windows 7: Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails

27 Apr 2014   #11
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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Why use Classic Shell with Windows 7? I can see it with Windows 8 but 7?
Why not, it's his computer. They are called Personal Computers.

If we all thought the same way, most of us would be useless.
I asked an honest question looking for an honest answer, not a put down response that was totally uncalled for.

Am I not allowed to ask questions about things I don't know the answer to?


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27 Apr 2014   #12
derekimo

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Why use Classic Shell with Windows 7? I can see it with Windows 8 but 7?
Why not, it's his computer. They are called Personal Computers.

If we all thought the same way, most of us would be useless.
I asked an honest question looking for an honest answer, not a put down response that was totally uncalled for.

Am I not allowed to ask questions about things I don't know the answer to?
That wasn't a put down response. That was an honest answer to an honest question.

You are free to ask questions all you want. You asked why, I asked why not.

People have their preferences, that was my only point, not to put you down.

I don't use smilies very often, but here's one to try to help lighten the mood.
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27 Apr 2014   #13
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Got it

I'd still like to know why people use Classic Shell on Windows 7 though (:
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27 Apr 2014   #14
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

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Got it

I'd still like to know why people use Classic Shell on Windows 7 though (:
Doesn't it also include XP and W98 style menu options?
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04 May 2014   #15
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

@ Ztrucker
I use Classic Shell because

MS fixed something from XP that was not broken
- these images are from my browser/email laptop (exactly as it is setup)

ClassicShell Start menu
  • settings window/dialog is simple and logical, easily accessible
  • compact -- less real estate
  • win-key > hotkey to open target (no mouse RSI)
  • I can use win-key + hotkeys with my eyes shut (cannot do that with a mouse)
  • "Search" is visible
  • Start > Programs is optional (if I need it) about once a fortnight
  • Desktop is Win-key+0 ... no mouse chase to right hand corner of screen (a long way on 27" monitors)
    Desktop is a shortcut to a .scf file in Programs folder, independent of default desktop-shortcut on desktop
  • shut-down is a menu -- no risk of accidental shut-down
  • settings can be saved and transferred to other PCs
  • I am using AutoCad all day (on other PCs) ... enough mousing for me

Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails-classic-start.png

Default Start menu
  • a lot of wasted, empty grey space
  • MS decides order of "Programs" combobox list not me
  • cannot be dragged to resize smaller
  • to access my busy targets is a two step process
  • to access my busy targets requires ... Programs(click) > Scroll > ... but list is in no logical order
  • to access a target on a menu requires ... Programs(click) > Scroll > Menu(click) > target click
  • "Search" is somewhere else
  • "Run" is somewhere else (I know about Win-Key+R)
  • MS stuff program folders onto "default" Programs menu that are not listed on classic-start
    eg, Adobe, Belarc adviser... and then all the crud red-outlined
Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails-default-start.png Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails-default-start_2.png

Parodoxes
- my wife refuses to use the start menu, she prefers desktop shortcuts on her rig (I don't get it )

Classic Explorer
- I use it because it is there
- I can add custom commands to the classic toolbar
BUT...
- WinExplorer is limited (but essential for some obscure settings)
- I use commercial Xplorer2 for dual result panes and incredible versatility (pinned to taskbar)


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04 May 2014   #16
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 



I notice previous posts in this thread with-no-problems are on 64bit

My problem is on this 32bit laptop.
Toshiba Satellite C665 (15 inch screen)
OS:= Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), sp1 (Build 7601) OEM
UI:=Classic Shell Start + Classic Explorer
Windows Indexing = disabled
My 64bit rig works correctly as everyone else is reporting.
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In Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown I had to delete the old graphics driver and replace it with an upgrade.

But during the uninstall process I could not use "Driver Sweeper" (recommended at the time) because of adware in Driver Sweeper and potential risks.
I wonder if residual driver "stuff" might have a bearing on my current Windows Explorer problem ?
(For some history see Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown ... post #14 and later ... and ultimate resolution)

I am at a loss
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