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    Newbie (to Windows 7) question.

    Hi. I've just purchased a new computer running Windows 7 Professional (my old computer running XP Pro gave up the ghost). I am fairly conversant with XP, but new to Widows 7, so I have a couple of questions (for starters). I'm sure more questions will follow.

    First, I know that the Win 7 interface can be set to run in "classic" mode (i.e., so it looks more like the XP interface), but I don't know how to do this yet. I could use some instructions in this matter.

    Second, I had a Windows Secrets book for Vista, and I would like to get a book with that level of detail for Windows 7.
    Any recommendations?

    Thanks.

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    Here's a few things to try - please regard all of them as optional settings which you can enable or disable or choose as you personally prefer.

    Right-click on the desktop > Personalise > scroll down and click on Windows Classic. This makes the taskbar icons similar to those in Windows 98. There doesn't appear to be an option to make them similar to those in Windows XP.

    Right-click on the taskbar > Properties:

    Taskbar tab:
    Lock the Taskbar: ticked;
    Auto-Hide the Taskbar: unticked;
    Use small icons: ticked;
    Taskbar location on screen: bottom;
    Taskbar buttons: never combine;
    Notification area (i.e. the System Tray) > Customize Always show all icons and notifications on the Taskbar: as desired, but probably yes on a large widescreen display;
    Preview desktop with Aero Peek: unticked;

    Start Menu tab:
    Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu: unticked
    Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the Taskbar: unticked
    Toolbars tab: Untick all

    Control Panel > System > Performance > unclick unwanted eye candy features

    To restore the modem/Internet traffic indication icon in the system tray, http://www.itsamples.com have a freeware utility called Network Activity Indicator.

    There are registry tweaks available to remove Favourites, Homegroup, Libraries and Network from the Windows Explorer folder panel. Google should find those for you. There are also separate tweaks to actually disable those functions but that might be risky.

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    If the book on Windows Secrets was by Paul Thurrott, he has another one for Windows 7, which you should have no trouble finding online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesF View Post
    I had a Windows Secrets book for Vista, and I would like to get a book with that level of detail for Windows 7.
    Any recommendations?

    Thanks.
    Use this link http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html
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    Hey RR is that the same guide I started a Stick Thread for? It does appear so and if so this is an excellent digital guide to Win 7 and Win 8.
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    Yes it is Ted, I've had a copy long before your sticky and I get the updated copy when available.
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    Thanks to all for your replies. This is very helpful info. I'm on it!

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    Thanks, Clint.
    I can't find Paul Thurrott's Windows 7 Secrets book locally, so I'll have to order it online. While I'm waiting for it, those links will be extremely helpful.

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