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i hate new win7 - should I go back to xp?

May 30, 2011 at 04:49:25
Specs: Windows 7
I work extensively in windows explorer (its how I keep my files organized and have a very structured hierarchial tree); also use ms office & windows movie maker extensively. Got new computer with win 7 and office 10... and I am so very frustrated that I'm on verge of taking sledge-hammer to this computer. It seems to me that you cannot customize the folders in windows explorer...can't get rid of the libraries, move around 2nd level folders, ete, etc. Also, the "new and improved" (BS) windows live movie maker doesn't recognize old projects so there go all my almost made movies. And what is this business about not allowing the user to determine whether you want updates or not?????? OMG I hate this. Is there any good reason not to retrofit XP?

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May 30, 2011 at 05:07:45
You may think about donating your new PC to a school or to someone instead of sledge-hammering it.


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May 30, 2011 at 05:34:15
You can turnoff automatic windows update and then do it periodically manually, then you have the choice of what to install and what not to install.
I prefer to open 'Computer' (use show on desktop option), open the drive I want to work with and set up my folders there and put links to the top level ones on my desktop for easy access. You can open multiple folders and use the cut/paste option for moving them between folders/subfolders without problems. This is different from what you are familiar with, but it works for me and always has.
Id you do not like the new MS Office, you can search around for an older version of MS Office and install it instead (uninstall the new one first) since you can use Office back to at least 2003 version and possibly older also, or install OpenOffice instead (free at, even with MS Office still installed to see if you like it.
Note that not all newer hardware is supported with Windows XP drivers, so you will have to do a little research if you decide to try to go back to XP on the new machine and you will need to see if your BIOS can emulate IDE drive on your SATA hard drive to allow installing without slipstreaming SATA drivers into the installer. THEN you will have to understand that MS support for XP will be limited.

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May 30, 2011 at 08:08:55
Is there any good reason not to retrofit XP?"

1. XP is almost 10 yrs old & support will be dropping off more & more over the upcoming years
2. there may not be XP compatible drivers for your 2011 hardware
3. you'll simply be prolonging the inevitable. Either change with the times or the times will change without you. Learn to adapt & overcome.

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May 30, 2011 at 12:28:25
I agree fully with response #3

I know, 'old habits die hard' win Xp has run it's course.
Welcome to the modern age of computing that changes constantly.

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May 30, 2011 at 12:52:35
There are a few free file managers that may suit you. I'd look at them first.

It is not easy to go back if you have a new system. A virtual machine is the most easy way.

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August 30, 2011 at 01:17:34
win 7 be damned. i've gone back to xp and i'm loving it!

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August 30, 2011 at 02:27:42
just install xp as a second OS, you can stay old, and everynow and then try out win 7, as you get more used to it you will find yourself liking it more, in general its much easier to use, but of course some people are stuck in tried and tested methodology and because they know it well are not apt for moving forward even if forward is evolution, so get the best of both worlds, dual boot!

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August 30, 2011 at 02:30:43
why not use the windowsXP mode feature of windows 7. that way you will have a virtual XP running right inside your windows 7 install and you can do everything with that XP that you could do on a physical XP BOX

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August 30, 2011 at 04:42:12
why not use the windowsXP mode feature of windows 7.

The built-in XP mode only comes with higher-end versions of Win7. Home Premium, which is on the majority of shop-bought PCs, doesn't have it, though there are other virtualPC programs available.

As far as the 'Libraries' & Homegroup' features, these can be turned off with a small registry hack - I'll let you do a Google for it yourself.

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