Originally Posted by Xirix
Your retelling of how you switched to 7 is interesting, but I'll remain stubborn for now.. especially since there's no XP theme as such, just 'Classic'. Plus I have a copy of XP Pro x64 ready to try out.
No wifi-card in this machine, well.. hopefully everything I want will work, I'm going to install it tomorrow and spend all day making sure every single program and piece of hardware I own works properly.. should be fun.
If I had another case and enough leftover components from my old computer, I might have considered putting 7 on it just to mess around with it, but alas, only one computer.. and I really want it back to normal right now.
Cheers for the input though.
At least you already have a copy. So, since you do, I say go for it.
But I didn't want to let go of the XP theme either. I was using the Silver one and I absolutely loved
it. But for me, Windows Aero Glass is dramatically superior (I was sure that I would hate it). Even the Taskbar uses Aero Glass.
Speaking of the Taskbar, this has to be my favorite feature. I mean, I can pin anything I want to the Taskbar. And then after that, I can access it with a simple keyboard shortcut like this: starting from the left, WinKey+1 opens the first pinned item, WinKey+2 opens the 2nd one, WinKey+3 for the 3rd one, etc. This goes all the way up to WinKey+0 for the 10th item. That alone made the switch very worth it.
But never fear: the Quick Launch toolbar is still in Windows 7. It's just that there's no longer a built-in menu option to access it. So, here's how to add it to the Taskbar:
But then there's the superior file navigation features that I think was introduced in Vista. For example: I can access any part of a path in the address bar by just a single left-click on that part of the path. This is because each folder is a button in the path in the address bar. But there's also a little arrow next to each one where I can click that arrow and a menu drops down that includes all of the folders contained in the folder I have my mouse over. That feature alone has made hundreds of moments on my computer much easier.
Then there are also these wonderful keyboard shortcuts:
- WinKey+Up Arrow = Maximize a window
- WinKey+Down Arrow = Restore a maximized window, or minimize a normal window
- WinKey+Left Arrow = "Snap" a window to the left half of your monitor (exactly 50%).
- WinKey+Right Arrow = "Snap" a window to the right-half
- WinKey+Left/Right arrow on an already-snapped window: restore previous window size and position (except when maximized because it just issues the Restore command instead of making it go back to being maximized, in which case you'd just press WinKey+Up instead of WinKey+Left/Right arrow)
- WinKey+Home: minimize every window except for the active window. It's provides the same result as Aero Shake. Press WinKey+Home again to restore everything
There are more keyboard shortcuts that are exclusive to Windows 7.
Anyway, I could probably go on and on about why I like Windows 7 more than XP, but you already have a copy of 64-bit XP, so meh...
But, if you have any problems with 64-bit XP due to it being the 64-bit version of XP, then you know what the next logical step is. hehe