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

11 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Windows 7 awkward feel, missing WinXP, need advice


This is my first post on this forum and I really need your help.

I needed a x64 OS, and up to date multi-processor/hardware optimizations and Win7 seemed to be the only viable choice, since WinXP x64 died long time ago.
So, I've installed the x64 Professional version.

The problem is that I can't get used to it, it feels so much different than XP.
I feel very awkward every time I need to do something that involves the Win7's menus.
I miss the quicklaunch bar, the standard taskbar, the classic start menu, the show desktop button that I had in quicklaunch, My Documents folder, Windows Explorer menus and layouts, the standard icons(for example the ones for folders/JPEG files/etc), the fact that there is no View as Thumbnails option when I set never display as thumbnails, Documents and Settings folder, the text sharpness that XP had(with Standard setting for edges smoothing), and many many other things that I don't remember right now.

What can I do?

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11 Apr 2010   #2

Vista/Windows 7

Welcome, all those things you mention can be sorted :)

The old quick launch bar can be enabled, there's a tutorial in this forum.
You can set the task bar in properties to never combine items and also use small icons so you get that old style that your used to back and there is also a utility you can download for the classic start menu too. You can also enable the old show desktop icon in the taskbar. I'll try and dig the links out for you now :)

I am sure you will get used to's very strange at first if your only used to XP but i personally love W7 now and could never go back. I am sure you will feel the same in time. And dont forget this forum is filled with loads of helpful people
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11 Apr 2010   #3
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04

There are several things you can do that I will let others list (to tired to search for them), although I personally suggest you take the time to just get use to it. It can be awkward at first but eventually it becomes normal.
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11 Apr 2010   #4

Vista/Windows 7

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable[2]=Taskbar%20Start%20Menu
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11 Apr 2010   #5

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Hi Nick

Best to start here - Getting started Online.
Once you are comfortable with that, all that you need to know is here
Windows 7 Tutorials (credits to Windows-Seven Forum)

That's all you will need to be up and running on 7

Hope this helps and regards
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11 Apr 2010   #6

Vista/Windows 7

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11 Apr 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Nick2, welcome to Seven Forums!

As people have said, have a look through the tutorials section and do your best to get used to Windows 7 the way it is, you'll be much better off in the long run, take your time and just have some fun learning to use it.
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11 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional

There is a "show desktop" button. Mine is located on the taskbar, furthest tab to the right. Just drag mouse, you will find it.

Once you get used to it I think you will enjoy it. Many of the things you are looking for are there, just gotta find 'em first, and the links posted above are pretty useful for gaining info.

I may try the classic start menu just for shi*s and giggles.

Thanks burtie.
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11 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

There should be a little unmarked square in the lower right hand corner of your screen next to the clock. If you hover your cursor over it it should show you your desktop. If you click it all windows will be minimized. Click it again and they go back the way they were.
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11 Apr 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below.
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