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

11 Apr 2010   #61
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

*Migrating...*

zzz2496


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12 Apr 2010   #62
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nick, You may show up again. The UAC discussion has been diverted. We can focus on your problem again. Sorry for the UAC "bloat" in your thread.
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12 Apr 2010   #63
Duke of Alinor

Win7 32 / 64 and XP 32 / 64 (on various other computers as well)
 
 

I am NOT recommending pirated software, but by far the best user interface for Win7 is Tiny7 (32 bit). Rather than spend weeks reinventing the wheel, down load it, install, use easy transfer when you get your 64 bit up and running. I have the settings on a USB stick now and deleted the Tiny7 file.

This method saves you an incredible amount of time.
If you do like I did and read the volumes of threads here you will find a lot of RAH RAH RAH - you gotta learn it! But precious little actual testing. And even more tips that take more time to implement than they will ever save. Skip the posts with just text, they are opinions. Read the ones with links carefully.

If you don't want to seem to support piracy by downloading Tiny7, start with
Convert to Windows XP Style

Tiny 7 adds
On the right click of "Computer" added:
- Advanced System Properties
- Device Manager
- Edit Registry
- MSCONFIG
- Services
- It is the fastest most XP like UI I can find + Win7 additions
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12 Apr 2010   #64
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Duke of Alinor View Post
Skip the posts with just text, they are opinions. Read the ones with links carefully.
Odd you would bring this up... I was just sitting here thinking about how very easy it would be to virus up a couple of dozen computers by linking to malitious software...
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13 Apr 2010   #65
Nick2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Whew! Nick2, your head must be spinning with all this information. I'm going to add another bit of reading for you -- something I think will help you in the transition from XP to Windows 7. Andre DaCosta, recently awarded Microsoft MVP, prepared a quick guide with side-by-side image comparisons to help new Windows 7 users become familiar with some of the changes and benefits of Windows 7. See Andre's article in For the 'former' Windows XP User - Welcome to Windows 7!

I'm certain between the tutorials here and all the Windows 7 converts, you will get any questions answered -- and then some!

Good luck and enjoy your new computer.
Indeed I'm spinning!

I have an exam today, but this week I'll read/respond to all of the questions.


Many thanks to all of you who have supported me.
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13 Apr 2010   #66
pezzonovante

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

Nick2, the fact is Windows 7's default UI is BY FAR better than Windows XP's. Use Windows 7 the proper way for a couple of weeks and you will never want to use the fugly XP UI ever again.

Most of the problems that you are facing will disappear if you start using Windows 7's greates feature -- Search. Learn to use the Start Search Box for EVERYTHING -- from running programs to Control Panel items to finding text within documents. You will be surprised how great the Search feature is.
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13 Apr 2010   #67
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pezzonovante View Post
Nick2, the fact is Windows 7's default UI is BY FAR better than Windows XP's. Use Windows 7 the proper way for a couple of weeks and you will never want to use the fugly XP UI ever again.

Most of the problems that you are facing will disappear if you start using Windows 7's greates feature -- Search. Learn to use the Start Search Box for EVERYTHING -- from running programs to Control Panel items to finding text within documents. You will be surprised how great the Search feature is.
+1 Very well said.
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15 Apr 2010   #68
Nick2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devildog93 View Post
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.
The problem is that I don't like these aesthetics, I find them to tiring. The menus/text/icons distract me from what I want to do. Everything seems blurry due to cleartype.
There's no privacy, there are previews for every window or folder.
There's no option for fast switching from icons to thumbnails for pictures like XP had.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine
Whew! Nick2, your head must be spinning with all this information. I'm going to add another bit of reading for you -- something I think will help you in the transition from XP to Windows 7. Andre DaCosta, recently awarded Microsoft MVP, prepared a quick guide with side-by-side image comparisons to help new Windows 7 users become familiar with some of the changes and benefits of Windows 7. See Andre's article in For the 'former' Windows XP User - Welcome to Windows 7!

I'm certain between the tutorials here and all the Windows 7 converts, you will get any questions answered -- and then some!

Good luck and enjoy your new computer.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
This may be of interest .

You can choose during install to have either the start menu, or the Explorer enhancements, or both.

Classic Shell: Features
Wow, thank you for the link. This is one of the things that I really need.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Duke of Alinor
I am NOT recommending pirated software, but by far the best user interface for Windows 7 is Tiny7 (32 bit). Rather than spend weeks reinventing the wheel, down load it, install, use easy transfer when you get your 64 bit up and running. I have the settings on a USB stick now and deleted the Tiny7 file.

This method saves you an incredible amount of time.
If you do like I did and read the volumes of threads here you will find a lot of RAH RAH RAH - you gotta learn it! But precious little actual testing. And even more tips that take more time to implement than they will ever save. Skip the posts with just text, they are opinions. Read the ones with links carefully.

If you don't want to seem to support piracy by downloading Tiny7, start with
Convert to Windows XP Style

Tiny 7 adds
On the right click of "Computer" added:
- Advanced System Properties
- Device Manager
- Edit Registry
- MSCONFIG
- Services
- It is the fastest most XP like UI I can find + Windows 7 additions
What's Tiny7? An Win7 stripped down OS?(I need 64bit)
Quote:
Rather than spend weeks reinventing the wheel, down load it, install, use easy transfer when you get your 64 bit up and running. I have the settings on a USB stick now and deleted the Tiny7 file.
What do you mean here?


Thanks for the link.

Quote:
Nick2, the fact is Windows 7's default UI is BY FAR better than Windows XP's. Use Windows 7 the proper way for a couple of weeks and you will never want to use the fugly XP UI ever again.

Most of the problems that you are facing will disappear if you start using Windows 7's greates feature -- Search. Learn to use the Start Search Box for EVERYTHING -- from running programs to Control Panel items to finding text within documents. You will be surprised how great the Search feature is.
It might be better, but I don't feel comfortable with it.
There are many radical changes that aren't necessarily faster. In some cases they are slower, for example using labels(on the taskbar) with multiple instances of the same program. It takes more time to identify the instance that you need.



Offtopic: I did not figure out how to edit permissions for emule(in order to access its own config folder).
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15 Apr 2010   #69
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Nick2, open an explorer window, go to a folder full of pictures, now with that window active - hold ctrl -> then scroll your mouse... See what happen...

zzz2496
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15 Apr 2010   #70
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nick2 View Post
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The problem is that I don't like these aesthetics, I find them to tiring. The menus/text/icons distract me from what I want to do. Everything seems blurry due to cleartype.
There's no privacy, there are previews for every window or folder.
There's no option for fast switching from icons to thumbnails for pictures like XP had.
Nick... if you go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Performance There are quite a few visual options you can mess with, you can even go all the way back (almost) to the windows 2000 look and feel. A lot of the stuff that seems to be annoying you can simply be turned off.

Also for your problem with pictures folders... Win7 allows you to customize each folder (and it's kids) in several different ways... If you go to your home folder, right click on Pictures, select properties and customize it for images, you'll get your previews. To switch betwee preview and icon modes just right click in the folder and select View then Details

Clear Type can be turned off... in the display properties dialog.


Methinks a little time going through all the settings... deliberately looking for them... just might help you out quite a bit.
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