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Windows 7: Classic Mode

12 Mar 2011   #1

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Classic Mode

Thanks for any help.
I hate this jossling around from one OS to another.
I guess Windows 8 will be no different.
It will probably require me to have two computers
One with all my personnel stuff and NOT connected to the internet.
The other one to let Microsoft play games.

Anyway I used the Classic Mode in Vista Business.
Is there a way to set Windows 7 to this mode?

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12 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

You mean Classic Theme?
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12 Mar 2011   #3

windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Thanks for answering.
No, it was called Classic Mode.
Probably a hang over from XP.
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12 Mar 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Phenix, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Using the tutorial below, see if changing your theme to Windows Classic may be what you are wanting.

Theme - Change or Save

Hope this helps,
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12 Mar 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP


Classic Theme is Windows 2000 which is worse than file-cabinet-retro, it's like sanding all of the paint off a beautifully painted new car or painting a window black which looks out on the Rocky Mountains.

If one needs to claw back some performance then edit Visual Effects at Computer>Properties>Advanced Settings>Performance to leave out fading, sliding and dragging intact. The other features are what makes Win7 functionally beautiful.

If Win2000 in 2011 suits you, fine. Then this post is for others who appreciate the beauty in life, and how Win7 brings some elegance to the mundane. We often get screenshots posted with Classic graphics from those who had no idea Win7 can be breathtakingly beautiful.

Enjoy the most spectacular pictures ever taken in a background slideshow of all national editions of Win7:
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12 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Hello, :) I assume that this is what you are talking about. follow these pictures.

Theme - Change or Save

>> Right click your desktop click personalize
Classic Mode-untitled.jpg
>> This Window Will Appear
Classic Mode-capture1.png
Scroll down and you will see Windows Classic click on that.. and hopefully this is what you are seeking. :)

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12 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 10 Pro x64

For the next time it will be good to use the Snipping Tool in Windows 7. It's better with smaller pictures.
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12 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Did you mean Classic View? That's the Microsoft page that describes how to enable it.
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12 Mar 2011   #9

windows 7 Pro 64 bit

I installed the program "Classic Shell".
It's better IMHO than what's in Windows7 but not exactly
like it was in Vista.
Windows Explorer was a pain to install but I think I have it right.
It also is not like it was in Vista.
Thanks for all your suggestions.
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12 Mar 2011   #10

Win 7 Pro
breathtakingly beautiful?

Not everyone needs their computer to be breathtakingly beautiful...some need it to perform work. Windows had a great GUI that a lot of people understand and don't have time to re-learn a new GUI.

There are new advantages to the new GUI, but why not give people the option.

Anyhow, to answer your question do a Search for "Windows 7 Classic Shell"
or go here:
Welcome to Classic Shell
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