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5th November, 2009 at 14:14:38 -

Is the ribbon interface the thing they have in Word 07? I don't mind it, but I do mind that they changed it for no reason. It doesn't make anything easier to use, just really kiddy looking. Now people who had a semblance of an idea how to use Word are starting from scratch and asking me how to do things all over again. -__- Unnecessary interface redesigns bug the schnitzel out of me.

 

  		
  		

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5th November, 2009 at 14:45:20 -

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How did you get your icons to group like that?? I really like the look of it. I am using Win 7 Professional on my Work's Laptop and i have to say I am absolutely loving it. I thought i would stick with XP forever but 7 has completely blown me away!

 
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I got some serious mac vibes playing with windows 7.

 
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5th November, 2009 at 17:56:56 -

I don't and I'm running Snow Leopard and Win 7. The taskbar app thing is visually similar to OSX but it functions differently.

 
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5th November, 2009 at 18:11:38 -


Originally Posted by Codemonkey
I got some serious mac vibes playing with looking at windows 7.



 
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5th November, 2009 at 23:56:27 -

Yes, I finally got it through the mail! Can't wait to install it!

 
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6th November, 2009 at 03:43:35 -

What's the ribbon interface?

I haven't really messed with the new paint, it was just an example. I did open up spider solitaire while trying it out at the store and just preferred the movement of the original.

I would probably stay with XP forever but you have to upgrade sometime, I'm just hoping that I can carry over some of those little things that I'm used to.

 
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6th November, 2009 at 03:46:16 -

You should be able to run the old xp apps. That's what xp mode is for.

 
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6th November, 2009 at 03:56:09 -

XP Mode is Windows XP. It has all the default apps, requires you to install antivirus software, and update XP to Service Pack 3. Everything.

 
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6th November, 2009 at 18:45:38 -

I think you're mistaken XP Mode for the Virtual PC. If you're using Windows 7 Professional, go here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

After you select your edition and language, step 4 will have you download and install Windows XP Mode first and then Virtual PC. After you have both of them installed in the correct order, start up Virtual PC so that you're at the Windows XP desktop. THEN you need to install the applications you want to use in XP Mode, remember you're not using XP mode yet, just Virtual PC. Once you have the applications you want to use in XP Mode, installed inside Windows XP, shut down Windows XP on the Virtual PC and close it (you need to shut it down before you close it or XP Mode won't work.)

After you've done all of that, go back into the start menu and find XP Mode in the All Programs submenus, and there should be a folder with shortcuts to all the applications you installed in Virtual PC. Click any of them, and the application will open up the program in XP Mode.

Technically they are still running inside Virtual PC; however there is a defiant difference. For example, they run inside an independent window, using the Luna Blue theme (default) instead of Aero (rather than running inside of a window running Windows XP), and more importantly, when you go to do things like opening or saving, the dialog box will not be contained inside of a separate installation of Windows. Instead it'll be in sync with your folders and storage devices on Windows 7, as if it was just a normal program running on the Windows 7 desktop.

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7th November, 2009 at 04:41:59 -

I hate hate hate Vista's resource inefficiency. It is more stable than XP. It looks nicer than XP (IMHO, XP looks a little plasticy). But Vista is just horrible with a lot of the programs and games I use. Vista was supposed to look better, but the thing about graphics is that you just don't notice after a while.

Windows 7 looks like a nice balance between pretty and functional. Seriously, you can't get anything to be fast with a lot of special effects. Image processing is still the biggest eater of system resources today, far more so than speech processing. An O/S is supposed to be functional and fast.

 
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7th November, 2009 at 04:48:45 -


Originally Posted by Muz
Windows 7 looks like a nice balance between pretty and functional. Seriously, you can't get anything to be fast with a lot of special effects. Image processing is still the biggest eater of system resources today, far more so than speech processing. An O/S is supposed to be functional and fast.



That's why it uses the graphics cards hardware acceleration to run the fancy effects. Honestly, there's no use in just letting your $150 graphics card just sit there wasting away when you're not playing any games or anything.

 
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11th November, 2009 at 19:45:11 -

I'm sticking with XP for a little longer. I didn't like the way Vista upped the requirements of games and the likes ( and i noticed fps drops in just about any game). Vista just isn't meant for the low-end pc, and though i know 7 does alot better in that aspectm but i'm just going to sit and wait until i get a new PC

 
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11th November, 2009 at 20:14:39 -


Originally Posted by SiLVERFIRE

Originally Posted by Muz
Windows 7 looks like a nice balance between pretty and functional. Seriously, you can't get anything to be fast with a lot of special effects. Image processing is still the biggest eater of system resources today, far more so than speech processing. An O/S is supposed to be functional and fast.



That's why it uses the graphics cards hardware acceleration to run the fancy effects. Honestly, there's no use in just letting your $150 graphics card just sit there wasting away when you're not playing any games or anything.



But isn't that a waste of electricty and such? PCs gets hotter and louder when the GPU kicks in and for something needless like a menu, I dunno... Just seems like a waste all round when OS's should be preserving as much resources, battery and all that temperature side of things.

 
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12th November, 2009 at 05:03:22 -

Well you can shut them off... it's not like it's force on you. Just go in and shut aero off, it's not hard.

Honestly though, I've actually noticed a significant improvement on overall application performance, using aero. Maybe not things like loading and such, but the responsiveness of the windows is dramatically improved, so for me it's not limited to simply a visual appeal.

 
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