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Windows 7: Convert to Windows XP Style


Convert to Windows XP Style

Change Windows 7 to Look and Function like Windows XP again
Published by not so gray matter
11 Apr 2010
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Change Windows 7 to Look and Function like Windows XP

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While many of Windows 7's features are considering to be amazing and not to be missed, many people, including myself don't enjoy the new styles and wish to return to the styles of earlier times. Now, most Windows 7 users are going to urge you time and time again to stick with the Windows 7 style and attempt to convert with the masses. If you'd like to do that it's your prerogative, however, you shouldn't stick with Windows 7 just because everyone else is. If you want a different style, then get one!


To Convert to a Plain Classic Windows Style

(Available in every Version of Windows since 95)
Example:
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Not only will this change your theme and styles back to Windows XP, but it will also:
Decrease the requirements on your GPU (Aero disabled)
Reinstate the traditional Quick Launch toolbar
Reinstate the traditional Start Menu

Now, on with the conversion process:
  • Turning off Aero and all visual effects:
    • Start > Right Click Computer > Advanced System Settings > Settings > Performance (Settings Button) > Adjust for best performance
    • Not only will that turn off Aero, but it should also turn off the new taskbar.
  • Changing the theme to Windows Classic:
    • Start > Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization > Personalization > Windows Classic in "Basic & High Contrast Themes"
  • Fixing the taskbar items:
    • Right Click Taskbar > Properties > Change the drop down to never combine.
  • Replacing the quick launch toolbar:
    • Right Click Taskbar > Toolbars > New Toolbar > Enter this in Folder Name:
      %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
    • Now you can drag and drop things into your quick launch like you could in XP.
  • Changing the start menu back to XP style:
    • Download CSMenu & StartKiller
    • Install & Index CSMenu then Log Off & Back On
    • Start Menu > Right Click on “Show CSMenu” shortcut > “Pin to Taskbar”.
    • You should now see two start menu buttons (CSMenu is a bit smaller).
    • If you wish to keep both buttons, skip to the next Windows XP conversion. Otherwise:
    • Run the StartKiller.exe file, will auto-start after install.
    • Now only CSMenu is there.
    • To be certain StartKiller runs every time you run Windows: Right Click > Properties > Load on system start-up
  • Showing Icons on the desktop
    • To show icons on the desktop, simply right click on the item you wish to show and click show on desktop. If that option isn't there, you can also use the send to > create shortcut on desktop option.
  • Replacing the file menu & full location in Explorer:
    • Organize > Layout > Menu Bar
    • Organize > Folder & Search Options > View Tab > Display the full path in the title bar (Classic Only)
    • Save Settings: Organize > Folder & Search Options > View Tab > Apply to Folders
To Convert to Windows XP's Style

Example:
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Download and Install this Theme using the related tutorials below.

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27 Aug 2010   #1
ralphslatton

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Will this also give us the folder preview image like xp?


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03 Sep 2010   #2
ucm

XP Pro SP3 || Windows 7
 
 

Quote:
Now, most Windows 7 users are going to urge you time and time again to stick with the Windows 7 style and attempt to convert with the masses. If you'd like to do that it's your prerogative, however, you shouldn't stick with Windows 7 just because everyone else is. If you want a different style, then get one!
This is exactly right on target man!!

You Rock
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01 Feb 2013   #3
brainout

Win7 Pro 32-bit and XP Pro (17 windows machines)
 
 

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you for this thread. I was tearing my hair out until I made some of the changes you put here. Gotta have my two toolbars top and bottom, quick launch and desktop (no visible icons on the desktop itself), or I can't function; and I had 3 Win7 machines to set up! Was going stark raving mad! Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you for giving me back my sanity!
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10 Feb 2013   #4
tweakradje

win7
 
 

How about reverting to old style MMC?

Rename HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\UseNewUI key to UseNewUI.ORG

Also to disable the task pane on every snapin run the mmc_SuppressActionPane.cmd script.

You can find it here on my page. https://sites.google.com/site/tweakr...ndows-tweaking

Cheers
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06 Mar 2013   #5
Lone Browncoat

2000Pro,XP SP3 x86..W7 on next build
 
 

Changing the start menu back to XP style:Yeck! 20 bucks for a utility?

I'm currently scanning MajorGeeks.com - Download Freeware and Shareware Computer Utilities. for freeware alternative or will go with this advice:

WindowsXP style startmenu in windows7 - MajorGeeks Support Forums

Re: WindowsXP style startmenu in windows7
this might not be what you mean but after you click start and "all programs" comes up, right click that and in properties, start menu, there is an option to display and store recently opened programs. It works for me.
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24 Oct 2014   #6
DBenz

Windows 7 64bit pro
 
 

Not so grey matter...

you say:-
  • Replacing the quick launch toolbar:
    • Right Click Taskbar > Toolbars > New Toolbar > Enter this in Folder Name:
      %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
    • Now you can drag and drop things into your quick launch like you could in XP.
    when I do this the folder I am about to paste that into is on my E drive in a folder for the clasic shell download.
Obviously that is wrong, but the fact remains its not heading to a system folder, just where should that folder be saved to ?


DBenz
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11 Dec 2014   #7
Rose1

windows Ultimate
 
 

Can I download and use"Windows XP "Royale Blue" Theme for Windows 7?
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