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Windows 7: Making Win10 look and act like Win7

19 May 2019   #21

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.1 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
Its worth noting that as long as programs never run the only annoyance is they take up space, and win10 takes up significantly less space than win7 even if you do not uninstall anything, so its not really a big deal either way.

My W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit) clean install (updated to December 2014) is <12 GB.
The Macrium Reflect Backup Image is <7 GB.

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20 May 2019   #22

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ian50 View Post
There's a plethora of bewildering jargon. For example, I have no idea at all what "defcon 1, 3 ... whatever" means or its' relevance.

All sorts of caveats suddenly appear on the horizon. As I understand your initial post, installing Sledgehammer into a Win10 setup allows a cmd file to be run that blocks intrusive MS upgrades unless you permit them. Sounds great and simple ... but then:

we have defcon, askwoody, green graphs. What on earth ?

And interestingly, Google finds the Sledgehammer 2.6.0 in search and lists a few links, including Softpedia. Yet the Softpedia search box itself comes up empty. So Google accurately lists the download screen for Softpedia, yet Softpedia itself insists it cannot find it. Clearly MS dislikes Sledgehammer a lot.

(OT--there's an entire world outside Google. Try Duckduckgo and Startpage, both of which don't record your IP address.)
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20 May 2019   #23

Windows 7 Pro x64

> " ... Try Duckduckgo and Startpage ..."

That's not my point. Google found Softpedia's Sledgehammer listing but Softpedia itself will not. The inference I draw from this curious fact is that Softpedia is somewhat fearful of MS (probably with reason) and MS most definitely dislikes Sledgehammer, again with reason.

This gives me comfort that Sledgehammer is a potent tool. Hence my thanks to Johnoh for the post. It's an important one and I like the suggestion above that with a bit of polishing it should be lodged with the other excellent tutorials on this site.
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21 May 2019   #24

Windows 7 HP 64

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25 May 2019   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit

Hi johnhoh! I took your post and added links to it for more help to the reader. Please review and tell me if you approve. I left out screenshots as the links have such.

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25 May 2019   #26

Win7 pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lance1 View Post
Hi johnhoh! I took your post and added links to it for more help to the reader. Please review and tell me if you approve.
Looks good Lance, though I found two things that may be typos

when formatted, this line appears as:

"(I only proceed if Defcon isn't level 1 or 2)"Refer to link above""

and I assume you did not mean for Refer To Link Above to appear like that, and for the line

"I created a shortcut on my start menu Command Prompt, PowerShell or Run Dialog Box which goes straight to it"

I assume you meant for the red text to read something like How to Make a Shortcut to Win10 Settings
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25 May 2019   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit

My old eye aren't what they used to be. Thank for catching those. So you OK or discard..
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27 May 2019   #28

W7 HP 64 bit

This should get a whole lot easier soon! W10 version 1903 has a "light theme" that looks very much like Windows 7! And the start menu is much simpler. Personally I'm not upgrading to 1903 until it's been out a bit longer.
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02 Jun 2019   #29

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

that's some useful tips in this thread.
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03 Jun 2019   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit

OK!! I Bit The Bullet.. I Ran the media creation tool for Windows 10... Closed my left eye, stuck my tongue in my right cheek, crossed toes on both feet, crossed my fingers on my left hand, "I need my right hand for the mouse" AND!! ................... I Click Upgrade ...OMG! What Have I Done!! I finished the upgrade, I lit my torch and pulled my sword and made my way into the depths of darkness.. Actually! It's not that bad! I ran Sledgehammer, already have Classic Shell as you can see. I don't need Winaero Tweaker.. I'm running the dark theme. I like it. All In All! Good. Time to start digging around To make changes. I'm no stranger to Windows 10... Just being melodramatic and having fun! Interesting that some app's like Everything still come up white. Does this mean that I can't post in the windows 7 forum?? No problem.. I'll split the drive and ghost the image I created prior to the upgrade and dual boot. Always come prepared for disaster.

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