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    Default XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Its time for my mum and dad to get a new computer.

    the new computer will be windows 7 64-bit.
    so as to reduce the learning curve, is it possible to change the look and feel to be like XP?

    I know many people will say that win 7 is easy and such , but my parents have spent almost 10 years learning XP and have almost got the hang of it.
    not too keen on having to teach them a new UI.

    the other option maybe linux, is there a "XP look and feel" for ubuntu?


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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    If its Pro / Ultimate install XP mode

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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    If its Pro / Ultimate install XP mode
    Kinda pointless to run XP mode just to get the XP feel under Win 7 (unless they are planning on running XP compatible software). You could disable all visual effects under win 7 and that gives a more of a XP feel. Let me know if you dont know where to find this option.
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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by robsonde View Post
    the new computer will be windows 7 64-bit.
    so as to reduce the learning curve, is it possible to change the look and feel to be like XP?
    No.
    It will look ugly.
    It's not the appearance that takes getting used, it's the where things are etc.
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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    If they have spent 10 years learning their current OS, why not just reload XP for them? It will continue to meet their needs, and do they really need a 64bit OS? I used W2K until last year, still use it on my notebook and have W95 running on my mini-notebook, and XP will probably last me another 10 years.

    I can't see the sense in pushing elderly people too far past their comfort zone or foisting change on them if it is not absolutely necessary. As I have mentioned in the past, I have expensive instruments that only run properly on DOS and by and large I have no trouble keeping them going, though one did spit the dummy on XP. One day/some day I'll see if DOS Box sorts that out too.

    Do you still have their original XP disk?

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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Best advice I can give you is these programs:

    http://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker
    http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

    Won't make everything look exactly like XP, but it will get the main areas pretty close. It's what I use, because I especially hate the Win7 taskbar.
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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy T View Post
    As I have mentioned in the past, I have expensive instruments that only run properly on DOS and by and large I have no trouble keeping them going, though one did spit the dummy on XP. One day/some day I'll see if DOS Box sorts that out too.


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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Tried http://windows7themes.net/make-windo...his-theme.html that a while back when it first came out, cant remember exactly how well it worked though

    I do remember trying something similar in Vista and it turned the whole OS into a worse pile of rubbish, ended up reinstalling. So try it at your own risk.

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    Default Re: XP look and feel on win 7 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy T View Post
    If they have spent 10 years learning their current OS, why not just reload XP for them?
    True.

    Why not?
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