XP Program Manager (Win 3x Progman.exe)

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June 20, 2010 at 23:30:38
Specs: Windows XP, ???
Is there anyway to use the Program Manager in Windows XP and show the groups as icons, rather than as minimized windows, clarified that the program I'm using is 32-bit (From CD Windows XP without any SP), so I don't need my PC with Windows Explorer, and I want Program Mananger as the Windows Shell (like Windows 3x).

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June 21, 2010 at 09:13:42
I am pretty sure progman still works but you have to popluate the desktop with either folders or links to programs.

See this page also.


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June 21, 2010 at 09:36:08
Windows 3.1 ran totally differently than WinXP. Because of stability and security issues programs can no longer run from the root directory of the drive.

If memory serves me correctly there was no multitasking in 3.1 either.

You could make a discriptive folder and place groups of Icons inside that folder to make your desktop less cluttered. Or better yet, don't have so many Icons on the desktop. They are nothing more than shortcuts. The same programs can be accessed at least two other ways when needed. If you don't use a program daily then don't keep an Icon on the desktop.

In WinXP and Windows 7 to a greater extent, I keep icons in the tray instead of on the desktop. That way they are accessible even when on the internet or in a full screen program.

Simply drag and drop icons to the left tray and delete the one on the desktop.

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June 21, 2010 at 13:33:10
I know, Win3.xx (Win16) doesn’t run like XP (which is NT, yet WinNT 3.xx (Win32) is not the same), but what I want is to run the Program Manager (which is a 32-bit application, from original XP without ServicePack, not 16-bit application) how it was designed, ie see the groups as icons, but in Win9x, WinNT and WinXP++ groups are showed as minimized windows and not icons, which makes the program loses its grace, I researched and found that with Win9x is possible to use an application called Mkcompat.exe, which simulates Windows 3.1, I guess it only applies to Win95, because I have MS-DOS 7.1 (Windows 98 and Windows 3.11) and Windows XP, and into Win98 selected the progman.exe from Win3.11 and didn’t work, groups don't appear as icons, appear as minimized windows, I really don’t want anything to do with Windows Explorer, the start menu or the taskbar, so the folders on the desktop is something that gives a bit of style but all it does is slow down access to programs, and you end up using the start menu, I say from personal experience 'cause I did it when I was 13, when Vista was called Longhorn.
I heard that ReactOS used the Program Mananger as Shell or something, but I don’t know if the groups were showed as icons, and sincerely I haven’t been found it.
I will leave here two pictures, one is the real, and the other is how I want to see it, you can see it's a 32-bit application.

Real: http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/...
What I want: http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/...

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January 18, 2011 at 05:48:59
Xami, I share your intentions and wish to have icons in my Program Manager. I post to see if there is a solution that anyone has found, as I find it frustrating no one has solved your problem yet. I hope my bumping of this thread will be excused. .

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February 4, 2011 at 16:10:47
You guys are right explorer taskbar and especially the start menu SUCK thats why I prefer mac these days... good luck on finding your solution

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February 4, 2011 at 16:36:26
If memory serves me correctly there was no multitasking in 3.1 either.

There was but it was very primitive and needed at least 4Mbs of RAM which wasn't always available when Windows 3,1 was current. 4Mbs of RAM could cost as much as the rest of the system put together. It used co-operative multi-taking which means the the CPU relied on the co-operation of applications for it's multitasking. An application would request CPU time and Windows would give it time when there was any available. The application would then do what it needed to do and then relinquish control of the the CPU for another application to get some CPU time. However once the application got the use of the CPU it could keep it for as long as it liked and if an application crashed it never relinquished control and brought the whole system down with it.

Windows 95 onwards used preemptive multitasking where the Operating system had complete control over which applications got CPU time and for how long. So if an application crashed, the CPU could take back control and terminate the application with effecting the rest of the system. Preemptive multitasking also need to advanced features of the 486 CPU do its thing.

I don't find there is that much difference between the minimized icons of Widows 3,1 and the task bar. You get an icon and a description only the task bar is more readily accessible and the minimized icons ever were in Windows 3.1


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