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When I mouse over on an active icon in the taskbar, say internet explorer. I get text that pops up instead of an icon showing what I have opened. Is there a way to change this from a text popup to a window icon pop up?


OK. Here's what happen.
I was uninstalling IE9 because my son need to file on-line for unemployment, and our state website would only work with IE8. (I use FF as my main browser) Anyway, as I was uninstalling IE9, my son came into the room while I was out of the room and turned my computer off. When I came back and seen that it was off, I turned it back on. Win7 loaded up but all my letters were now like symbols. ie: under the icon for my log in, my son's log in, and my wife's log-in instead of our names, there was just symbols. Similar to "Wingdings" font, but not exactly. After clicking on my icon, Win7 continue on as normal. All my programs were there, but any letters were now symbols...everywhere. Even my date & time was symbols! It was the same in Safe Mode. I wanted to do a system restore, but there wasn't a way for me to decipher where it was in the program list. It was like trying to read a foreign language. Finally, I put the Win7 disc that I got with my computer and did a re-installed. It booted up from my CD/DVD drive and went on. When it was done re-installing Win7, I took a back up disc I had made a few months ago and retrieved all of my data.

Now here's where my problem comes in: After the re-install of Win7, I have a new drive labeled "System (K)" and it has 70.3MB free of 99.9MB.(See attached) I figure this is a partition on my HDD that was set up by the Win7 re-install. I also have a folder labeled "Windows.old" under the OS of my C: HDD. Now this "Windows.old" file has all the files my system had before. (See attached)
Also, on my taskbar, when you hover the mouse over any my program icons, it shows the name of the program with a (2) behind it, and I can not rename the program without a (2) or another number after it's name. So it's like Win7 thinks I have two copies of every program, which in a way I do.
Is there anyway I can clear this mess up? Can either the "System (K)" drive or the "Windows.old" folder be deleted? Would doing a complete "clean" install be the only way to clear out all this crap? Or should I not even worry about it and just go on? My big worry is that the way things are now, that it's potentially slowing down my computer, and also that it's going to effect how my programs continue to work.

I have an Intel Core i5. I use avast antivirus, Comodo Firewall, FF 8.0, Thunderbird 8.0.

Thanks in advance to all that can help me.
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Join Date Sep 2011 Posts 279 Re: Windows 7 Re-Install-Help Please A complete system reinstall should clean everything completely. This would require reinstalling all apps as well. When you reinstalled Win 7 the last time, did you do a custom install or an upgrade install?

Windows.old will always be created when you install Win 7 over another OS (even Win 7). This does indeed contain the old OS. This allows you to drag any data (pics, favs, music, etc) into the new OS. To delete this folder use this method.

I also suspect System (K) is somehow related to the old OS. Since you are anticipating a complete Custom (Clean) install anyway, I would use the Win 7 Disk Manager to delete the System (K) partition. Type Disk Management in the search box and choose Create and format hard disk partitions. Right click the System (K) partition and choose delete. This will leave unallocated space. Or use a 3rd party partition manager (I have Partition Wizard for this)

Once you have the system back to where it should be, consider Imaging to create a backup of your entire system.

Hey I've been searching the net for a solution to a minor issue thats bugging me alot and couldn't find any, I seek help! :P

The problem is following. When I click an icon on the taskbar two things normaly happens:

1. If I don't have the program running, say mozilla firefox, it will start.
2. If I have two or more windows up of the same program a smaller window will hover up above the icon showing thumbnails of all the open windows.

Now this stopped working for me, for example, I click the mozilla icon and the small window with the thumbnails pops up for like half a second, then closes again. I cant access any of the mozilla windows, and this goes for all applications that can have 2 or more instances running - msn messenger with many conversations for example.

Its really annoying, and I didnt have this problem yesterday. I cannot think of anything that would make it happen, I havnt installed anything new and I havnt updated any drivers or done any changes. Restarting the computer doesnt work.

The only way for me to access a program now is to hold the mouse over the icon and wait until the window pops up with the thumbnails, and then hope it stays so I can access one of the windows. Sometimes it can take a few minutes.. Clicking the icon just makes it 'collapse' again.

Please I need help


I just found out I cant alt + tab between programs either. It somehow resets every second and interupts the browsing.. I am starting to think I have a virus.

Let's say you have 5 folder windows open but minimized. By holding mouse over explorer icon on Taskbar, all 5 folders display in mini windows across desktop. My issue is after a certain time of not opening those windows and then holding the mouse over the explorer icon on taskbar, instead of the 5 folders displaying mini windows of contents, the 5 windows are now blank. To get the contents to display back on the mini windows, I have to click on each one (which also opens each one back on the desktop). I don't like Windows decided when to blank them out. I don't want them blanked out no matter how long I have them open. How do I do this?

For no reason I can determine, the Aero Peak on my taskbar has disappeared, i.e. is no longer functional. When I hover a mouse over a taskbar icon I get a text message of the open pages NOT an image of the actual page. Is there a toggle for Aero Peak I don't know about that my wife has accidentally actioned or something like that? Does anyone know?

I am having a strange problem with my taskbar. For some reason, whenever I have multiple instances of a program open, like firefox or word, I can usually mouse over the icon and switch between the different instances. But for some reason now I can't. I have been experiencing other odd problems like me not being able to click onto a firefox page on my second monitor when my first one has a flash or movie playing on it at full screen.

Only recent change I have done was trying to install grandia 2 for pc. Otherwise no recent changes. I am planning on formatting soon so this isn't a huge issue, but I won't be able to do it for a few weeks and this is still annoying.

any suggestions?


Is anyone else having the problem where the colors for the icons on the taskbar, which I believe is something called "hot-track" or whatever, sometimes just decide to stick? I can't seem to figure out a cause for it or a solution to fix it, but every so often, the colors will go on if I hover the mouse over them, and no preview box will show up, and then when I remove the mouse, that item's still colored, even if it that window isn't currently selected. The only way to get it back to normal seems to be to reboot the computer.

Anybody know what I'm talking about and potentially the cause of and solution to? I'd really appreciate it.

I am pretty new to Windows 7. I installed the upgrade (Home Premium) on my Vista desktop last night and it went pretty well. I noticed, however, that when I hover my mouse over open programs in the Taskbar it's not showing a preview of the window. Instead it's showing a box with a small icon and the name of the program:

I'm pretty sure that right after the upgrade it was showing the preview but I'm not sure what changed.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

So I'm new to Windows 7 but have been enjoying it relatively problem free after my upgrade until today. Out of the blue my touch-to-tap on my laptop became disabled and all of a sudden the taskbar started acting glitchy, when I moused over an icon with multiple windows open, the icons would show up, but when I went to click on one, I would be directed back to whatever my screen was on previously. Thinking this was a problem with the driver, I reinstalled the driver, but this didn't fix the problem. Also, when I use a mouse rather than the touchpad (and disable the touchpad even) the results are the same. Also I've found that Alt-Tab no longer works properly, with the previews of all my open windows appearing only for a split second before disappearing, without allowing me to switch the active view. Oddly windows-tab still works fine.

Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this perplexing issue? I've tried some other forums, but I haven't found anything similar to this. Thanks!

Hi folks

Just purchased a new Samsung notebook.
Used Speccy and here's what it reports:

Operating System MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
CPU Intel Core i7 2720QM @ 2.20GHz 50 C Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. 300V3A/300V4A/300V5A/200A4B/200A5B (CPU) 54 C
Graphics Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz) Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Hard Drives 488GB Seagate ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB (SATA) 40 C
Optical Drives TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208BB
Audio Bluetooth Audio

I see the following behavior which I'm trying to change. When two or more apps are running and grouped on the taskbar, hovering or clicking the taskbar icon presents a thumbnail. I'm cool with that bit. But if I mouse over one of the thumbnails that pops up, the main part of the screen immediately displays the app as if I switched to it. Same goes when Alt+Tabbing.

I've downloaded a few "tweaker" utilities:
Ultimate Windows Tweaker
Taskbar Thumbnail Tweaker
Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail Customizer v 1.2

And I've made several attempts by changing the Windows Registry manually.

Several restarts later, if I had any hair (I shave my head) I'd be pulling it out at this point. Because NOTHING seems to change the behavior!

advTHANKSance for any information... Rick

Hello, I am new to this forum. I came here because I have spent over six hours googling for solutions to my problem, and no solutions have yet been found.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate installed and need help fixing a problem. I hope my description of the problem is clear and understandable and does not get anyone confused. I will also attach a screenshot at the end of this post. The taskbar on the bottom of my screen keeps randomly displaying textbox tooltips which remain forcibly visible for 5-10 seconds. It happens even when my cursor is nowhere near the taskbar, sometimes when I'm not even touching the touchpad. I have a very small screen resolution on my laptop so these random pop-ups appearing and sticking to the screen are incredibly distracting.

I would like to know how to disable taskbar tooltips completely. I am not having any issues with thumbnails or other tooltips, and I have already disabled explorer tooltips in folder options.

The tooltips I need to disable are the text boxes that pop up when the mouse cursor is placed over application buttons on the taskbar (they appear even when I don't place the cursor near the taskbar) which describe what the application is. This feature is extremely obtrusive, especially on a smaller screen. I know enough about computers to identify a program based upon the icon in the taskbar, I don't need and don't want invasive yellow text boxes popping up all over the place distracting me from my work and telling me what I already know.

I have searched google and microsoft's website, but no solutions were provided. I have already tried every search query possible ("disable taskbar tooltips", "remove taskbar tooltips", etc.) and looked through every result I could, to no avail. I tried editing my registry several times (see list below) but nothing worked. The only halfway solution I could find was a program called taskbar eliminator which completely hides the taskbar, thus preventing the dreadful text boxes from spamming up my screen. The problem with this is I like the taskbar, and it is very useful. The tooltips which display for running applications however, are a severe hindrance.

I would really appreciate a solution or fix which allows me to disable these taskbar textbox tooltips. I enjoy using windows 7 except when it comes to those specific tooltips, and I am sorry but if you do not have a solution for me I will be forced to uninstall microsoft windows from my laptop in place of an O.S. that does allow for disabling of taskbar tooltips.

Taskbar tooltips - major annoyance
This thread identifies the problem, but the only solutions are for removing thumbnails. I have clearly stated that thumbnails are not the problem here, so I hope people are not going to misunderstand my question and provide solutions to problems I'm not having (which is 90% of what I saw on google).

Things I tried that do NOT work:
- Registry Edits
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced: EnableBalloonTips to 0, ExtendedUIHoverTime to 60000, ShowInfoTip to 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelMouse: MouseHoverTime to 4000
- TweakUI (installed/ran using XP compatibility mode)
- Ultimate Windows Tweaker

Possible solutions I don't know enough about to test:
- Create a replacement shell for explorer.exe
- Resource hacker

Please help! If you don't know a solution but know of an operating system that allows disabling of taskbar tooltips please tell me. I am not very familiar with Linux (I read somewhere that Ubuntu has an option to remove them), but I will literally do ANYTHING to get rid of these, even if it requires reformatting my PC (but only as a last resort).
- John

How do I add an extra icon in the taskbar to a program for which there is already an icon?

I always have 2 firefox browsers open, one for online, one for offline (my development server). Switching to the other browser by hovering over and then clicking the other browser instance, is just such a roundabout way.

old way in XP:
- click on browser icon in taskbar

new way
- hover over firefox icon
- click one of the previews and hope it is the right one

So far I think working with windows 7 means more mouse-movements and more mouse-clicks, particulary in the explorer (which is driving me INSANE). I would have thought in this day and age of RSI windows would do their best to reduce mousemovent and mouse clicks to a minimum. I think that is a lost opportunity.

How to add an extra icon in the taskbar?


System parameters: Win 7 - 64 (clean install, dual boot with XP Pro); Office Pro 2007 (clean install) version 12.0.4518.1014

Problem: If I open more than one file in Excel 2007, the Taskbar Preview (hover mouse over XL icon on taskbar) shows both files, but with an "X" instead of a preview image of the file itself. It does show the file name correctly. Believe me, I've googled this several ways, and all I found is that others have the same problem and supposedly MS has corrected it in Office 2010.

BTW, Word does not exhibit this behavior, although I hear PowerPoint acts like Excel. Every other program I've tried is fine.

It's hard for me to believe Microsoft hasn't fixed this, as they have known about it since Win7 beta. I find the preview a very handy feature of Win7.

Caveat: I have not downloaded & installed all the latest "fixes" to Office or Win7.

Help would be much appreciated.

When I float over my mouse over my Word icon on my taskbar, I'm supposed to see an Aero Peek preview. This does not appear. I checked my TaskBar Properties and the "Use AeroPeek, etc." option is greyed out. Is this a Windows 7 setting that I can control?

When I hover the mouse pointer over an open task on the Taskbar sometimes the pop-up thumbnail is blank with just an Icon of the program showing. Sometimes it show correctly with a thumbnail of the open page.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Running Win 7, 64bit with all updates.

Suggest considering it as part of the install.

This DOES (also) apply to Windows 8:

Many people miss Quick Launch in Windows 7. Although the new/redesigned Taskbar is what it is it can still be felt that there is a worthwhile purpose served by Quick Launch. It is (still) really a nice place to have certain items... in addition to Taskbar & Start Menu... especially if one doesn't care for a bunch of icons on the Desktop or digging/seaching/clicking about for things.

How to Enable Quick Launch in Windows 7

Quick Launch has been removed from the taskbar in Windows 7. The idea in 7 is either "Pin"items to Start Menuor to Taskbar; the latter suggesting no need for Quick Launch. If items arepinned to the taskbar the result is large icons which when you skim over them give mini-displays of themselves... if they mean windowsthen you see a mini of each, i.e. plural tabbed sites open in a browser. However, allitems are treated equally, of course. Some you may not need to view a mini-window, you may not need them frequently, tool, accessory... something that seems well suited to residing in or as a Quick Launch item. Things you like handy but, don't need the attributes of being pinned to the taskbar and does not beg attention on an ongoing basis, as a browser, messenger, in-work documents/files does. Point is some people like Quick Launch, some may not miss it but, I feel there is a place for both; eachhave worthwhile reasons to be used. The following is how to establish Quick Launch in Windows 7.

Step 1: Right click on the Taskbar and choose Toolbarsand then New Toolbar.

Step 2: Now copy and paste the following line into the Folder box in the New Toolbar dialog box:

%userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch

Click SAVE

Step 3: Now you'll see the Quick Launch bar shows up at the right of the taskbar. Next, right-click on the Taskbar and turn off Lock the Taskbar.
Step 4: Right-click on the divider and turn off Show Textand Show Title. Also, click on View and change it to Small Icons.

That's it! Now you have your small icons on the quick launch bar again!
It can remain @ the right end of the taskbar OR grab it & move it to (near the Windows Orb) where you are accustomed, @ the left end of the taskbar.
Finally remember to right-click on the taskbar and choose Lock Taskbar again to remove the divider. Enjoy!

All you have to do is nav to the item you want to place in Quick Launch... Rt mouse, drag-n-drop in QL, select Copy

Congrats, done, you have it J

I read, all over the web, comments regarding the dislike for the forthcoming Windows 8, and in particular, and in fact almost exclusively, criticism of the (as it was called) Metro.

I was urged to print my own thoughts on the subject, and I published an article which I have repeated here, in which I stated, imo, that "Metro" was a replacement for the start menu, and, for new users, if they accepted that concept, it becomes easier to use. You could regard the "All Apps" as the extra selections you get, if you open the default folders in the Windows 7 start menu.

When I booted up Windows 7 and earlier, I arrived at a desktop - fine. (exactly, even, as in a linux distribution) It has never crossed my mind that the little globe, bottom left, was any other than where I started to look to go further into my applications. ie. "The Start menu".(Unless, of course, I had all my shortcuts set up in the taskbar and desktop - not my practice.)

However, for what it is worth, this is how I see the "Metro"

My first comment is that, whilst, from the beginning, Microsoft and followers have touted the Metro as the new desktop, this was a mistake. I cannot see it as such. To me it is a new, graphical, start menu. It is designed, primarily, for touchscreens, but there is no reason why it cannot, with a little compromise, be adjusted for normal mouse use.

The following is based on those thoughts. I am indicating, solely, how I have found a use for it, or an alternative method of successfully using Windows 8. The OS is an advancement on Windows 7, in performance, but not enough, in my opinion, to warrant the purchase of it - particularly for mass purchasers.

However. here I go. two basic methods. One for those who would like to try and use the Metro Start menu, another for those who want to be more familiar in old surroundings.

Metro users.

Let me ask, here, do you, users, really have a daily requirement for all of those apps which are put into the old legacy menu, and now Metro. Those who are heavily into graphic operations may need more than me, and there are other aspects of computer use with the same need. But I have eliminated mine to ten programs I use in my daily work.

So, on the Metro screen, let us right click an app icon. A bar menu appears on the bottom, like this:

Attachment 524

Here, as you can see, you can Unpin it, which tucks it away. You can even Uninstall it if that is the way you want to go. Even better, which really is concerned with my next section, you can Pin it to the start.
When you have done this, you can rearrange the remaining icons, in your preferred order.

Now comes a partly hidden function. Click, over on the bottom right, the small minus sign. Now you will have a miniaturised picture of your Metro. Right click any of the groups, which you have prearranged. Another bar menu! You can name those groups.

As I stated, I have eliminated mine to a mere ten items, but for the purpose of this Demo, here is my full Metro, on a complete and new installation:

Attachment 525

So, there we have a graphical start menu. What about all those unused apps. - Just right Click on the Metro, and, bottom right, is some text "All Apps". Click there and you have a whole bunch of every app on your computer.
Now, if you click any app, on your Metro all "All Apps" Window, it will open in the normal way. But, if you close it, you will find yourself on the legacy desktop. Bu***ger. But click the "Windows" key, and you are back in your Metro Start menu.
That is all, in the context of this post, there is to say on the use of the Metro

You don't want Metro.

Fair enough. If you click the Desktop icon, in Metro, you will find yourself on the legacy desktop. Darn, its totally empty. No problem, it is customisable in exactly the manner to which you've been used to - right click and "personalise".

But where is the good old start menu? A big omission, on Microsoft's part, to omit that. But no problem again.
Download and install the well known "Classic Menu".

Welcome to Classic Shell

This is incredibly customisable,. It even has a choice of start orbs. Within the options is one which enables a user to boot straight through to the desktop, bypassing the Metro completely. Classic, can be set up almost 100% to emulate the old Windows 7 menu.

But maybe you would like to use one of the other third party start menus? There are several around, if you google, but I dont think, imho, that they compete with the Classic.

If, again, that is the road you wish to take, forget about the "Classic" download and install the attached little gem. Select the option to bypass the Metro. Install your own menu.

One last. If you want to persist, and use the facilities available, right click in the bottom left corner of the desktop.. This popup has become known as the "Power" menu. It is also customisable, but this involves a little hacking and manipulation, and I don't consider it to be the subject of this post.

That's about it, but a comment for your thoughts.
In Windows 7, for example, you are in and using an App. You close it and wish to go to another App.

1. Click the Orb.
2. Click "All programs"
3. Click your desired shortcut.
3 clicks.
In Windows 8
1. Click the "Windows" key
2. Click your shortcut Icon.

-See the difference.

I should also add that my personal use of a computer, often takes me to a situation where I need to have several windows open on the desktop. This cannot be done with Metro Apps - so far. To me, the solution was simple - I don't use them. You can find a wealth of alternative, non metro apps on the web, which can accomplish the same things. I have weakened and downloaded a couple of time wasters from the "Store". Card games and Backgammon as two examples.

There are other aspects of Windows 8, which users could comment on. IMO, it has a slightly improved performance. I would not consider that improvement enough to warrant its purchase, particular for an office with a multi purchase requirement. And, of course, even for a desktop user, I cannot grasp the idea of the average secretary typing on a touchscreen - lol. - but that is an otpion.

Good luck. I hope it will work for you, but do try and have fun exploring the possibilities I have mentioned


I am having this very annoying problem where the screensaver won't turn on, the screen doesn't turn off after a predetermined amount of time because I think there is something wrong with the cursor or mouse. I know this because whenever I click "preview" for the screensaver it would start for half a second before the computer "wakes up" again like someone had moved the mouse. Also when I hover over the icons in my taskbar, Aero Peek would flash on the screen for about a second before disappearing. I have tried removing the USB mouse and using the trackpad instead but the problem is still there. Can someone please help me solve this problem because it is really making me crazy. Thank you!


Back when I had version 7229, something really frustrating would often come up. A random application I was using would stop responding. I didn't think much of it because I thought, well it's pre-rtm so there's bound to be some problems, right?
Well, after adding a second monitor, the freezes began to increase in number. Sometimes I would have 3 things freeze at once, including the start menu, so i had to force reboot and start all over again.
Then the RTM came out. I was excited. I went and got a copy, and installed it to see if it would fix my problems. It was fine, for 3 days, and then it started happening again, with increased ferocity.... For example, this morning, I had several apps open (Safari, Thunderbird, iTunes, Notepad, Adobe Reader, etc.) and they all "stopped responding" one after another, sometimes even before I clicked on their icon in the taskbar. Then the taskbar froze. Then the desktop even froze. the only thing I could do was move the mouse, and whenever I clicked on something the whole thing would freeze up
so... any ideas?

Sure, I know I'm going to get a lot of static for this, but here goes anyway:

Left and right panes of Explorer windows are not synchronized. The inevitable result will be (and has been) that people will press the Delete key on the wrong item. This is a major design flaw which causes the loss of data. It is anti-intuitive to have the same window represent two different locations in the navigation pane and in the contents pane.

Shared folders do not have an icon indicating that they are shared. (The argument made by the Microsoft team that users wanted it removed because it cluttered the display is a lie.)

If you delete a file or folder in an Explorer window, the file or folder might not disappear from the display until you refresh the view. (This is probably a bug.)

With full row selection in the Details view of Explorer windows, it's harder to draw a selection box around a group of files. Full row selection can't be disabled. Users may unintentionally drag items to different locations when they are trying to draw selection boxes.

The functional Internet Explorer Icon can't be put on the desktop. Only a normal shortcut can be used. After more than a decade of having a functional IE icon on the desktop, which made our lives easier, arguments that not giving users the choice to have that functionality available from the icon do not make sense.

All Explorer windows which show folders open to the same size. You can't customize the size of a window for a particular folder. Being able to adjust the size of individual windows was one of the most useful features of windows. Removing the ability to personalize particular windows when personalization should be a core objective of any user interface is foolish.

The user can't create a secondary file association action which he would in Windows XP. The Microsoft UI team seems to have decided that removing functionality is a good thing. I believe that removing the Microsoft UI design team would be a good thing.

The user can't set security properties/ACLs/permission on multiple items from Properties because there is no Security tab like Windows XP for multiple files or folders.

Explorer toolbars can no longer be customized.

The "Details" metadata tab is gone from the file and folder Properties dialog. Metadata cannot be edited for popular file types without third-party add-ons.

The Details pane of Explorer windows cannot be disabled even though it takes up a lot of screen space to display very little information. And, sadly, neither the Details pane nor the Status Bar show the total size of a folder being displayed when no files are selected. The only way to get a folder's size is to view its properties from the context menu.

File lists in Explorer windows are automatically sorted. Auto-sorting cannot be disabled. This can be very inconvenient when working in folders with large numbers of files.

The user cannot execute multiple actions on a set of files from the GUI which was possible in Windows XP.

Autologon cannot be bypassed with the Shift key.

The user cannot set multiple connection icons, cannot customize connection icons, and cannot access connection status quickly from the connection icon all of which was possible in Windows XP.

There are no indicators of network activity in the Notification Area. They have been removed.

Easily customized searching is gone.

Taskbar buttons are now permanently grouped rather than displayed in the order in which they were opened. Grouping cannot be disabled (although some third-party tweakers offer ways to do this). This is anti-intuitive.

The user cannot disable jumplists in favor of old context menu. Jumplists are just another menu that changes unpredictably, making navigation more difficult for the average user.

The user cannot quickly access the Network Connections folder and actual wired/dial-up connections. It is buried several clicks inside the UI.

New network connections, such as VPN or dial-up connections, are made from the Network and Sharing Center. But they are not shown there. They're shown and available for editing in the Network Connections windows, in which you cannot create a new out-going connection. You can only view existing connections or create a new incoming connection. This is not logical.

File and folder security settings are still as cumbersome as they were in Vista, with separate dialogs used to view and edit settings. Many dialogs could be combined, and lots of extra mouse clicks could be avoided. If the goal is to clean up the UI, why this?

The new Start menu style cannot be disabled in favor of the "Classic" menu. The Windows Classic Start Menu was a masterpiece of sound ergonomic design. The new style eliminates the logical structured tree view of the Classic style and confines the menu to a small window in a corner of the display. The menu does not stretch as the number of menu items increases, making scrolling necessary.

The new Start menu style (actually introduced in Vista) lists folders below single items, completely reversing the format we've become familiar with over the years.

Explorer now has “Favorites” and “Library” nodes that can't be removed in the left pane. They waste space and present the same logical UI problems as having a menu that constantly changes, making it harder to find things. Items on menus and navigation links shouldn’t move unpredicably; it makes navigating harder, not easier. The Library does not make it clear to average users that files may be located on different computers or in different user accounts on the same machine. Accurate navigation requires that you know where you are and have a clear path to follow. These new “features”, as well as the new Start Menu, blur the path and make it difficult to know what you are looking at both on your computer and on the network. While this is less of a problem for expert users than for average users, average users must be the target audience.

Explorer no longer shows free disk space in the status bar. This is a big problem for portable drives.

Various hardware interfaces, including audio outputs and keyboard controls, are not restored properly after after waking a Windows 7 machine from Standby or Hibernate mode. The only solution is to restart the computer. These are major problems that will frustrate a lot of people.
If you drag a window to the side of the display, it automatically expands to occupy half of the display. In what way is that a useful “feature”? Who decided that filling half of the display would be a useful size for a window? (Some third-party tweakers allow you to disable this questionable “feature”.)

As with Vista, user interface design controls are split up into many different windows and dialog boxes rather than being conveniently accessible in a single dialog box as they were in XP.

During installation, you cannot specify on which drive the boot manager will be installed.
Overall, a lot of useful functionality and information have been removed from the GUI which should not have been, and there’s no way to get it back without third-party tools. While the GUI certainly needed cleaning, this is ridiculous. It’s as crippling and expensive as forcing the world to learn a completely new UI with the Office ribbon bar after more than a decade in which the world learned to use the menus.

Microsoft should realize that sales are up not because people are happy, but because we simply have to upgrade our aging machines. Balmer’s claim that he has “no responsibility for anything besides the making of money” will come back to bite him in the ***, hopefully very soon. Microsoft did the world a good service when it created a useful visual “language” for using computers. Drastic changes such as these only muddy the waters and make their products less useful. While it’s true that a significant, if uninformed, part of the population is satisfied with eyecandy, the rest of us are not so easily fooled.

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