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Nostalgia!

deekay
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Nostalgia!

I bought this computer eight months ago, and it has Windows7 installed by the manufacturer.
After all this time, I still wish that it was running XP, as my previous one did.  Sad
In my opinion, XP was more "useable and workmanlike". Windows7 is too much 'eye candy' and  "Hold my hand, darling. I will look after you".
I wonder if I am being too nostalgic, or if anyone agrees with me?
Cheers.
Keith
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Re: Nostalgia!

I think all this GUI stuff is over-rated.  Oh for the good old days when the display just showed text or numbers and you could write your own software.
Steve
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Re: Nostalgia!

You can strip windows 7 down so it looks really naff and uses less recources, I think Windows 7 is far superior to outdated X.P. in all different kinds of ways, Of course thats just my opinion. Smiley
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Re: Nostalgia!

+1 for Windows 7 in favour of XP.

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shermans
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Re: Nostalgia!

Quote from: Steve
You can strip windows 7 down so it looks really naff and uses less recources, I think Windows 7 is far superior to outdated X.P. in all different kinds of ways, Of course thats just my opinion. Smiley

Without going into great detail, how is this done and how stripped down can it be ?  In other words, is it controllable ?  What I already hate with XP is the loss of control from Windows 98, so the thought of Windows 7 sends shivers down my spine.  I hate these Wizards and automation because you never know where you are if you are at all technically savvy, and they seldom work satisfactorilly.  They are really designed for parrot-fashion users rather than someone with a modicum of knowledge.
As I may be forced to buy new hardware soon, as my laptop is nearing the end of its days after only four years, I am really dreading the move to Windows 7 for that reason and am full of foreboding - oh for the days of  MSDOS and Wordstar !
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Re: Nostalgia!

The only change I made were to reinstate the start up bar, Lock down the start menu to show the ones I wanted and ignore the whole library system by creating start up icons to explorer which took me where I wanted
Steve
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Re: Nostalgia!

Well If you want no eyecandy you can select the windows 7 classic theme which looks a bit like what Ive just done to show you in my attachment for a start. Smiley
No Aero glass effect, Aero Peek etc...
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VileReynard
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Re: Nostalgia!

I see that your ip address is 89.241.xxx.xxx  Grin

Steve
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was Wink
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shermans
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Re: Nostalgia!

Thanks for the info.  That is all quite re-assuring.
HaydnExport
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Re: Nostalgia!

pretty sure you can run windows 7 in xp mode , dunno why anyone would want to tho, i think 7 is great , miles better than vista
Steve
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Re: Nostalgia!

Think you have to purchase windows 7 Pro for the XP mode, I believe its already on the disc on Premium but you need to unlock it so to speak.
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Re: Nostalgia!

Premium allows you to run a program in XP Mode but not as a virtual XP system
Steve
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Re: Nostalgia!

You ever needed to use that Oldjim?
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Denzil
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Re: Nostalgia!

I think W7 is superior in terms of security, and there are some features that are easier then previous versions, but they have gone over the top in the nannying. The nannying is too complicated for beginners to understand, and too restrictive for the experts. It is also very demanding on resources. There was a thread somewhere here recently about boot times, for example. This W7, quad core CPU, 8GB RAM box takes 2 1/2 minutes to start before I can do anything. My dual core 2GB Linux Mint box at home is ready in 45 seconds. (Note: I am not turning this into a 'Linux is better' thread  Smiley, just using it as an example of how bloated W7 is.)