Setting Win 7 Home to Emulate Win XP

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
May 1, 2010 at 13:14:39
Specs: Windows XP
I have a friend who just purchased a new notebook with Win 7 Home Premium installed. He is familiar with Win XP but knows nothing about Windows 7. He is asking my help to transfer files from his old computer and install software, etc.

I am probably not the best candidate to do this because personally I find the new Win 7 features an annoyance that just slows me down.

To make life easier for both my friend and myself, I would like to "slap on the training wheels" and set Windows 7 as close to "XP Classic Appearance" as possible. I know all about the Pro Version of Win 7 able to do this in a snap but we are dealing with Win 7 Home Version here.

Is there a quick registry tweak, a VBS script or something that can do this in the Home Version? Can Aero and Peek be disabled or minimized?

I suggested to my friend he can break away from "Classic" settings and experiment once he starts to get used to his new system.

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May 1, 2010 at 15:35:48
Can Aero and Peek be disabled or minimized?
Semi-transparent window title bars prohibit you from using Win7?

A lot of the new functionality can be disabled, turned off, or bypassed, but I haven't heard of any scripts that'll do so automatically. I'm pretty sure a script couldn't disable UAC, though.

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May 1, 2010 at 18:51:47
Thanks for the reply Razor2.3.

I did more research online and found this article with tweak suggestions:

I am going to apply these tips and will report back again here when I see the results.

PS: I've also discovered "skins" available that make Windows XP look like a faux Windows 7 for anybody interested in taking that route!

Now if only we can make Windows 7 look just like Linux! Just kidding! LOL!

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May 1, 2010 at 20:53:55
I have never had any problems switching over the years from '95 to '98 ('95 home, '98 work back then) to XP (XP home, XP & 2000 work) to Windows 7 (at home and 1 vista mixed in with XP & 2000 at work). The best way to get used to the differences, is to just go in and commit to it. It's not difficult, it's just different in a few ways, generally better overall. Why change the new to look like the old, unless you (or your friend) seriously tries it first and honestly does not like something.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 2, 2010 at 07:37:16
I have spent a decent amount of time with Windows 7 and not sorry to say, it's just too much eye candy for this "old timer"!

Call me behind the times but in fact I've even considered why Microsoft didn't provide a standard "Control Panel" button on Windows ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7 to default everything back to a Windows 2000 appearance and functionality.

Add this to the fire: I always keep my desktop taskbar on the top; I can't understand why it defaults to the bottom. To me, it's like trying to read upside down and backwards when the Start Menu comes on. But that's just me!

Can we maybe say it's all a matter of taste and "personalization"? Why do some guitarists prefer "Flying Ace" guitars and why did Jimi Hendrix like to play his from behind his back? And as we have this discussion, no doubt somebody is creating yet another exotic Skin for Windows and the beat goes on.....

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May 14, 2010 at 17:00:15
So I applied the settings suggestions from the Article ( and I am definitely satisfied with the results. There are some minor differences compared to Win XP in appearances of things such as the "Turn Off" command, etc. But overall these tips work just fine!

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May 15, 2010 at 06:39:07

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