I finally figured out how to make Win7 not suck; might be ready to ditch XP

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    Katie Boundary

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    Today, I learned the last pieces of information that I needed to learn in order to make Vistaspawn (Vista/7/8/10) usable and tolerable. With this, I might finally be ready to say goodbye to Windows XP, or at least never use it outside of virtual machines.

    First, the cosmetic stuff:

    1) Install Classic Shell and set as much stuff as possible to the way things worked in Win 9x

    2) If you're in Vista or Win7, a "Classic" theme should be available in your list of themes. The Classic theme is not available for Win8 or Win10; you'll have to modify the start button, taskbar color, taskbar opacity, etc. manually to make them look normal.

    3) Set taskbar icons to small. This will reduce the taskbar size from double-thickness to normal thickness.

    4) There's nothing you can do about the lack of support for using animated gifs as wallpapers. Sorry.

    Then, the meaningful, this-might-actually-impact-my-workflow stuff:

    5) If you want a certain program to always appear on the "open with..." menu when right-clicking on a file, and Windows is giving you a hard time, you can force certain file type associations in "Folder Options". You can even give these associations custom names, like "OpEn iN dGiNdEx yOu wHoRe" or "I have some Notepadding to do!"... or at least this is possible in Windows 8.1 (the options seem to be somewhere else, or absent, in Win7)

    6) certain problems require restarts to fix, but Win8 and Win10 have this funny thing where all they really do is log you out and then log you back in when you tell them to reboot. This makes those problems harder to fix. You can disable this (called Hybrid Sleep) in Power Options

    7) lower the UAC slider to its lowest level, then seize ownership of "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" according to the instructions presented here: https://social.technet.microsoft.co...mission-for-the-users-in-program-files-folder this will allow you to edit any file in either of these folders.

    8) lowering the UAC slider to its lowest level will also re-enable downloading or saving directly to C:\

    9) When you go to "Sort By...", your normal options might be replaced with ones that you don't want. For example, if a folder has a lot of WAV files in it, Windows will stupidly assume that the folder is for music, and will replace your normal options with Name, #, Title, Contributing Artists, and Album. To fix this, right-click on the folder, select Properties, go to the Customize tab, and set "Optimize this folder for..." to "General". You can also apply this automatically to all sub-folders.

    10) If you want to run a 16-bit Windows program in a 64-bit version of windows, you'll need something like Win3mu.





    Am I missing anything? Is there a way to make the search function not suck? Am I good to go?
     
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    7 is already going to EOS in 4 months so eh
     
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    That doesn't mean anything. XP went end-of-life five years ago but Steam kept supporting it all the way until the beginning of this year and XP support is still a priority for many independent developers. Given that Win7 is a lot more similar to current Windows code than XP is, and support for it is therefore easier to maintain, I expect Win7 to stay in use even longer after its end of life than XP has.
     
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    Also, I just learned that point #5 is inaccurate. What I wrote applies to XP x64 Edition. Win7 and Win8 have a different way of forcing file type associations, through "Default Programs" in the Control Panel, which replaces the File Types tab in Folder Options.
     
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    I'm not sure this time around (maybe for a couple of years), but Microsoft is REALLY pushing Windows 10. There is a lot riding on it for Microsoft. Windows 10 stands to act as a lucrative conduit for revenue with ads, cloud service integration and so forth.

    There are hacks that can remove all of the Aero layer from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, so a truly classic desktop is a distinct possibility. Here are a couple of images from attempt I did years ago. I used Classic Shell for the Start Menu.
     

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