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Classic Mode


How do i run win7 in the far far superior classic mode. I despise the fluffy and glitzy 'look pretty' interface of vista and vista-ii (aka win7). W7 has a small handful of new features that are very nice, but the vast majority are just things that are for looks. All of these are things that i'd just as soon not have to look at. Alt-tab works just fine for me. I don't want pop ups all over the place when i hover over the task bar. I don't need any transparent thumbnail previews.

I really just want my os to be clean and simple to use like in classic mode. Just tell me how to set w7 back to the clean and simple classic mode that made my computer so easy to use please. Otherwise i see no real reason to justify spending $200 on yet another 'you gotta have this' piece of software that really only offers a small handful of features that i will use.


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Posted On: 2010-03-01 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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