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Windows 7: Is it Win7 or XP Classic?

06 Jan 2010   #31

Windows 7 Pro x64 (dual-booting XPSP3 and Win7)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Six9siX View Post
My version of win7 & xp mix
windows 6.4
How were you able to change the background color of the explorer windows? That is my main beef with Windows 7 themes.


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06 Jan 2010   #32

Windows 7 Pro x64 (dual-booting XPSP3 and Win7)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Raargh View Post
Seriously, I find the classic shell more productive - less clicking and scrolling. IMHO, the W2K look and feel was the Zenith of Windows Design.
totally agree. And you don't "just run xp" because Win7 is a far better OS when measured by the functions that are not a part of the look and feel. There is the OS and what it does, and the OS and how it interacts with you.
Thanks, Johnhoh, and others who understand the difference between a shell and a kernel. Now if I can just get Win7 explorer to quit crashing.

BTW I'm still willing to go with Aero themes if I can make them not have horrible, harsh, bright-white Explorer window backgrounds. I want a nice, subdues grey-blue background.

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06 Jan 2010   #33

Windows 7 Pro x64 (dual-booting XPSP3 and Win7)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

The GIVE AWAY is the windows message centre icon

Why not go the OTHER WAY round

Here's W2K3 looking (almost) like W7 and using a piece of the Brazilian W7 regional Theme

Much better Idea IMO

Thanks, this is very nice. We run a lot of W2K3 in our datacenter, along with SUSE, FreeBSD, Fedora, and CentOS.

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06 Jan 2010   #34

Windows 7 Pro x64 (dual-booting XPSP3 and Win7)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tweaker View Post
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Want new OS to look and act like an old one?
Because the new look brings nothing to the table in terms of improved workflow and work efficiency? On the contrary for me it just wastes screen real estate, obstructs and clutters the view. After 15 years of using the old look it's much faster to get stuff done because you're all played in. Imagine some virtuoso piano player, and if you'de suddenly shuffle around the notes/keys on the keyboard, no amount of "getting used to the new 'look'" would recover the half a life time (or more) of practicing to become skilled/efficient craftsman he was.

For some people the OS is not a painting to look at, it's an actual tool in which work has to be done, not a launcher for a browser/game/movie player in which most time is spent. If I want to see fancy UI effects and animations I'll watch an episode of CSI: Miami

To each their own taste of what they think is ugly or not, where they work better or not etc. that's pefectly fine, but I really don't get the ridiculing "lollercopterz, you're a sensless moron, go back to win95" attitude that's seems to be around (in general not only this thread) to anyone who prefers classic theme (and related things) over aero.

And sticking to an old OS version is not a valid answer to those of us who work more efficiently in the classic enfironment, because among other things there are features, SW support and HW support which require upgrading.
Hear Hear, Tweaker! Thanks.

Again, I'm willing to abandon Classic Shell and experiment with Aero if someone would please:
* Help me get rid of the harsh, white backgrounds in Explorer windows
* Give me back the "up one folder button"

Also, for some reason Win7 randomly decides to deviate from my default of "details view" Is it Win7 or XP Classic?-details.jpgand revert to the horrible "large icons" viewIs it Win7 or XP Classic?-largeicons.jpg in either Explorer windows or the pop-up browse windows that apps launch.

Another annoyance that even Classic Shell does not fix is the often wrong "decision" that is made when one clicks on a "+" or "-" in the left-hand pane to expand a folder. The focus shifts up and down, away from where it was, forcing one to scroll up or down.

All of these annoyances add up to lost productivity. In my job, and at home, time is indescribably precious - one reason I have been away from this thread for so many weeks!


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07 Jan 2010   #35

7 Ultimate x64 sp1

In this topic is all you need to change the W.E. background
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10 Jan 2010   #36

Windows 7 Pro x64 (dual-booting XPSP3 and Win7)

Thanks, Six9SiX!

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