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Windows 7: Windows 7 awkward feel, missing WinXP, need advice

11 Apr 2010   #21
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Most of the responses that I read didn't seem like rude responses like "get used to it, XP is dead". The responses were people either trying to offer advice on how to install some things to make it seem like it used to be, or people who offered examples that they weren't exactly gung-ho at first when they got on Windows 7...but they adjusted and got used to things the way they are.
Easing the transition as it were...

Sidebar: XP is far from dead. In it's present state XP is rock stable and is naturally faster than Win7. It remains the OS of choice by audiophiles and videophiles as Win7 is showing itself up to be a poor performer where multimedia is concerned. The fact that it is stable allows it to continue even without updates for quite some time, several years, in fact. New devices will continue to include XP/2000 drivers for quite some time to come. Even the disk manufacturers have recognized XP's dominance in creating tools to realign partition boundaries for their Advanced Format drives. I don't see XP dying off any time soon... Heck... I've got friends who are still happy as clams using Win2000!


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11 Apr 2010   #22
burgundyyears

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What will eventually kill XP is the fact that it's a 32-bit OS from 2001 optimized for a Pentium 3 computer with maybe 256MB of RAM. For netbooks, that's fine, but for desktops and laptops outside of corporate holdovers, it's practically dead for new installations already. And for modern technologies like SSDs and DirectX 10/11? Forget it. And I say this as someone who bought a new computer for work with XP Pro a short 2 years ago.
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11 Apr 2010   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Paste the shell command below into any explorer window (not internet explorer) address bar. That will give you comprehensive list of all tasks in the system. If you double click on any entry, you get to the described function. If you right click on it, you get a shortcut on the desktop. From those shortcuts I made myself a handy toolbar with the ones I use frequently. Maybe that will help you to navigate Windows7 a little easier.

shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

This is how they look, but we are still in the a,b,c, and d section. So there are a lot more (before and after).


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11 Apr 2010   #24
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

if i can offer a little advice, as others have said, it is easy to get alot of Xp's way of doing things back, but it might be worth, maybe changing everything back except one or two items, and then when you get used to them, change a couple more things, until you're getting the full Win 7 experience, that way it doesn't seem so alien to start off with, thats what i did when i first got 7, and now im running it at "default" settings with no problems,
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11 Apr 2010   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kenC View Post
I know exactly how you feel. I came to Win7 from XP just before Christmas and found it awkward to use. but now after following the many helpful tips and tutorials here on this site I have 7 working and looking pretty much like XP did.

The first thing I changed was the start menu, couldn't do with that scroll box for Programs. I now use Vista Start Menu which opens out like XP's

Libraries was the next to go as I couldn't find any use for them, although many here really like them. I use my User folder which contains everything I need. It's much like My Documents in XP except it includes My Docs!

Nearly all the things you mention can be changed to how you prefer, just ask and someone will point you in the right direction.
It's funny. One always likes what one is used to. I hate those fly-outs in XP and have stopped all of them in the Win7 start menue. On the other hand I love the Libraries. I have e.g. Videos on several drives and it is so easy to just include a folder into the library. If you have a setup with many drives, including external drives, it is very handy.
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11 Apr 2010   #26
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burgundyyears View Post
What will eventually kill XP is the fact that it's a 32-bit OS from 2001 optimized for a Pentium 3 computer with maybe 256MB of RAM. For netbooks, that's fine, but for desktops and laptops outside of corporate holdovers, it's practically dead for new installations already. And for modern technologies like SSDs and DirectX 10/11? Forget it. And I say this as someone who bought a new computer for work with XP Pro a short 2 years ago.
Hate to break it to you but I have two XP systems under my care using SSDs, and all my xp systems are currently running drirect x 10...
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11 Apr 2010   #27
Nick2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Wow, this really is a warm welcome. It means a lot to me, guys.
Some of the things that bother me seem to have solutions and I'll apply them as soon as possible, but IMHO it would have been better if Microsoft had included the original XP theme(using the same layout,icons, buttons, etc).
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11 Apr 2010   #28
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nick2 View Post
Wow, this really is a warm welcome. It means a lot to me, guys.
Some of the things that bother me seem to have solutions and I'll apply them as soon as possible, but IMHO it would have been better if Microsoft had included the original XP theme(using the same layout,icons, buttons, etc).
That'd be too easy. No, I hear ya. The pleasing aesthetics of Win7 is , I think, one of it's key features, but it's hard to see it when it's not what your'e used to.

Like being on a long road-trip, looking at beautiful scenery and houses, but nothing compares to the sight of your own front door, no matter how old it might be.
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11 Apr 2010   #29
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nick2 View Post
Wow, this really is a warm welcome. It means a lot to me, guys.
Some of the things that bother me seem to have solutions and I'll apply them as soon as possible, but IMHO it would have been better if Microsoft had included the original XP theme(using the same layout,icons, buttons, etc).
If you've been following the "Update now" drama for any time, you will quickly realize that the whole point --especially on microsoft's behalf-- is that "This is NOT XP"... Most of the original features are there but the've "hidden" them in the start menu and navigation panes... It's pretty easy to get them back, just by dragging them out to the desktop as I explained earlier.

The big problem for those needing a bit of transitional help is that for some reason a lot of people, mostly the ones who started out with Vista, have jumped on the Windows 7 bandwagon with little or no real knowledge of XP and thus don't realize the simple tricks that can be used to get back to a workable scenario.

I could not operate a computer without My Computer, My Network and My Documents on the desktop... It's such a habit that the first thing I did was to figure out how to get them there... turns out it was real easy.

So... beware the "you gotta download this" or "edit that" gang... seek simple solutions... click on stuff, try dragging stuff around... you'll figure it out.
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11 Apr 2010   #30
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

*************I could not operate a computer without My Computer, My Network and My Documents on the desktop... It's such a habit that the first thing I did was to figure out how to get them there... turns out it was real easy.

So... beware the "you gotta download this" or "edit that" gang... seek simple solutions... click on stuff, try dragging stuff around... you'll figure it out.
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Good point CommonTater, just messing around with it helped me learn alot, and make things simple for myself.
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