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Windows 7: Running Windows Explorer from Windows 2000 under Windows 7

26 Apr 2014   #21
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

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Some people do not like change.
I do not like changes to the worse, I do like changes to the better.
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If you decide you do not like windows 7 file structure
Lol. I am OK with the file structure.

Regarding the alternatives, I already tried to find a suitable one, unsuccessfully.


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26 Apr 2014   #22
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The bottom line is that you cannot use the Windows 2000 Explorer in Windows 7. There are multiple serious problems in doing this, only a few of which have been mentioned. Essentially you wish to replace the Windows shell and that consists of a number of DLL's which rely on other DLLs, which rely on others, etc. Few of these can be replace individually but must be part of a matched set. I once tried to update the shell32.dll in NT 4 with an updated version, but one designed for NT 4. The computer would not boot.

But let us assume that somehow you managed to install the Windows 2000 shell and the system was functional. How I cannot even imagine. You would then have a very serious problem, and one for which I see no possible solution - except one. The problem is that most modern software would not run in such an environment. The only solution would be the obvious one, revert back to the Windows 7 shell and all of it's attendant components. But all of that is academic as the chances of getting that far border on zero.

I too dislike Windows Explorer. Always have. Over the years I have used a number of alternatives, of which there are quite a few available. I am sure that many members of this forum do this as well. I suggest you do as well.

Of course you can continue to attempt the impossible.
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26 Apr 2014   #23
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

andrew129260

Over the years I have tried many Windows Explorer replacements, none of which I was entirely happy with. I have been using Free Commander and tolerating it's quirks. But somehow I never came across Multi Commander before. It looks good and will give it a try.
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26 Apr 2014   #24
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I guess maybe my issue is, I do not see how anyone could dislike windows explorer. Yes it is my opinion, but it does what it needs to do well. Managing files. I am not sure why anyone would need more then that. I am a power user and I use windows explorer without issue. If you have tried the alternatives and do not like them there is not much you can do unfortunately.

To each his own, I just do not understand what it can and cannot do. I have looked at the list as stated by anixx, and the things mentioned in your list, (while important to others) does not make sense to me as something to complain about. I even seem to be able to do some of them, not sure why you are not able to....

I am able to see folders and icons when dragging, I can hide show desktop bar which only takes like a centimeter of space, I don't have a language bar. I disable it. I don't know if you have done so. I have use small icons and never combine set for my taskbar so it takes less space, etc.
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26 Apr 2014   #25
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

What is the base of the claim that new software will not work in such environment? I used Win95 for a long time and then Win2000 for years and never encountered with any software incompatibility. I skipped Win98 and ME and switched to Win2000 because it was more stable and looked much better than Win95. I used it for years until I switched to XP just because I needed only one function that was introduced in XP (arrange icons by grid on the desktop), in all other respects XP was worse than 2000 for me (and now I learned that this function is provided by a third-party utility Pitaschio, so there was no need for upgrade). Now I use Win7 because it came with my notebook. Unfortunately if I install Win2000 on it it will not be able to utilize all memory (it has 4 Gb plus some address space is needed for hardware such as video card). That's why I want to keep the system but use the shell from Win 2000. Another alternative is to install Win XP.

Actually under Win7 I experience troubles with software which would not be there under Win2000. For example, I used Outlook Express since Win95, and under Win7 it is not provided. I installed a custom hacked package with Outlook Express and it seems to work quite well. I am looking for a similar package with the Explorer.
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26 Apr 2014   #26
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
I have looked at the list as stated by anixx, and the things mentioned in your list, I seem to be able to do some of them, not sure why you are not able to....
What exactly you can that I cannot do? Maybe I overlooked something.
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26 Apr 2014   #27
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Again my opinion, but it's not hard to figure out why you have so many problems with windows if you keep making unsupported hacks and dll and reg changes. Windows 7 is not xp or older, you do not need to do anything to it to perform better or anything of the sort.

Windows live mail is far better then outlook express. Have you tried it?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
I am able to see folders and icons when dragging, I can hide show desktop bar which only takes like a centimeter of space, I don't have a language bar. I disable it. I don't know if you have done so. I have use small icons and never combine set for my taskbar so it takes less space, etc.
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26 Apr 2014   #28
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

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I am able to see folders and icons when dragging
This happens to me only when using Aero, and not in the Classic theme.
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I can hide show desktop bar which only takes like a centimeter of space
How do you do so? Did you employ only the standard Windows tools? I can hide it only with 7 Taskbar Tweaker.
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I don't have a language bar. I disable it. I don't know if you have done so.
Then I would not know which language is active. So I have to install another indicator. Under Win XP I used the layout indicator from Win2000 which was residing in sytem tray. I took it from Win 2000 distribution along with the required dlls. Now I use Ruslat95 under Win7 but it is not perfect, it disappears when restarting Explorer and also brings instability to some programs.

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I have use small icons and never combine set for my taskbar so it takes less space, etc.
I also use small icons. Before me this notebook belonged to a girl who had tray icons taking more than a half of the taskbar!
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26 Apr 2014   #29
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

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What is the base of the claim that new software will not work in such environment?
Most modern software will not run on Windows 2000 but will require XP SP2 or SP3 as a minimum. All software has a minimum OS requirement in order to run. Unfortunately this is not always stated. When an application runs it makes numerous function calls into system DLLs to do the things that it cannot reasonably do itself. There are thousands of these functions, large numbers of which exist in the DLLs that make up the shell and those that support it. Many of those used in modern software did not exist or have been upgraded since Windows 2000. Attempting to call such a function will cause an application failure. I will add that this is not just something I have read about but something that I have had considerable personal experience with.
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26 Apr 2014   #30
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

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Most modern software will not run on Windows 2000 but will require XP SP2 or SP3 as a minimum.
Is it because of .NET requirement or what? Any example?

You claim the APIs dramatically change even between service packs?!!! You know, Win 2000 received the last update in 2010, just 3 years ago. And it is essentially Win NT 5, similarly to XP. Only the shell appearance is somewhat different between them and other minor things.

But you claimed that software will not work on Win 7 with a shell from Win 2000. Do you have any evidence for this claim?
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