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Classic Shell is now official for Windows 8, you don't have to run the Windows 7 version any more.

I just installed it and I'll let you know how it goes in a day or so.

The new version has more options for style, Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
And other new features here's the blurb....


Classic Shell
Version 3.6.0 – general release

Thank you for installing Classic Shell. It adds some missing features to Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 - like a classic start menu, start button, a toolbar for Windows Explorer and others.

The latest version can be found on Source Forge:
Welcome to Classic Shell

Report problems in the Classic Shell bug tracker: Classic Shell: Bugs

For answers to frequently asked questions look here:
Classic Shell: FAQ
Or use the forums to get help:
Help: Classic Shell: Help
Discussion: Classic Shell: Open Discussion

Classic Start Menu

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the start menu from Windows 2000, XP and Vista that sadly is gone missing in Windows 7. It has a variety of advanced features:

• Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
• Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
• Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
• Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
• Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
• Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
• The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
• Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
• Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins. Make your own!
• Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
• Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
• Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
• Implements a customizable start button (Windows 7 and 8)
Classic Explorer

Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer that:

• Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable
• Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP
• Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties of the selected folder
• Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP version or to not fade the expand buttons
• Can show the free disk space and the total size of the selected files in the status bar
• Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
• Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, and more
Classic IE9

Classic IE9 is a plugin for Internet Explorer 9 and 10 that:

• Adds a caption to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page
• Shows the security zone in the status bar
• Shows the loading progress in the status bar
Installation instructions

The toolbar for Windows Explorer will not show up automatically after installation. You have to do a few things before you can use it:

1) Open a new Windows Explorer window (Win key+E)

2) Go to the View menu and select Toolbars -> “Classic Explorer Bar” to show the toolbar.

3) If that option is not available (you only see “Lock the Toolbars”) you may have to enable the plugin from Internet Explorer. Run IE, right click on its toolbar and select “Classic Explorer Bar”. It will ask you if you want to enable this add-on. Select “Enable”, then do steps 1 and 2 again.

4) If that doesn’t work, try going to Tools -> Manage addons in Internet Explorer. Locate the addons “Classic Explorer Bar” and “ExplorerBHO Class” and make sure they are enabled.

5) If even then you don't see the toolbar, maybe the browser extensions are disabled on your system. This is usually the default for servers. Open the "Internet Options", go to the "Advanced" tab, and check the option "Enable third-party browser extensions".

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway!) that you have to turn on the status bar from the View menu if you want to see the file sizes.

The caption in Internet Explorer may not show up automatically after installation. You may get a prompt to enable the ClassicIE9BHO plugin. If you get the prompt, select “Enable”. If you don’t get a prompt, go to Tools -> Manage addons and make sure the addon “ClassicIE9BHO” is enabled. After that restart Internet Explorer.

To uninstall Classic Shell follow these steps:

1) Stop the start menu if it is installed (right-click on the start button and select “Exit”)

2) Open a new Windows Explorer window

3) Make sure the toolbar is hidden (if you uninstall while the toolbar is visible, the menu bar in Explorer will get stuck in the visible state and you won’t be able to hide it)

4) Close all Windows Explorer windows

5) Open Control Panel -> Programs and Features and double-click on Classic Shell. Then follow the instructions. You may have to restart Windows to complete the process.

6) If you installed any additional skins for the start menu you will have to delete them manually

If you missed step 3 and now you can’t hide the menu bar in Explorer, install Classic Shell again, and follow the uninstall steps carefully.

If you upgrade from version 2.8.3 or older

The new settings system will not preserve any of your old settings. Neither the ones done in the Settings dialog, nor the ones in the ini files.

The new system is designed to be forward-compatible, so any future version will be able to preserve your settings during upgrade.

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

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Hi, i'm trying Windows 7 instead of Vista since yesterday, and today the taskbar began to act weirdly...
When i try to pin a program (like songbird for example), the icon does not appear in the taskbar, but when i click right on the program i tried to pin, it says "unpin from taskbar". And the funny thing, it's that sometimes (not always), when i unpin from the explorer (even if it does not appear in the taskbar), the icon finally appears in the taskbar, but these program is considered unpinned, so when i click on the icon on the taskbar, it give me an error (because the shortcut doesn't exists anymore...). It is the same for internet explorer, which worked well before i unpinned it.
I tried many ways (adding the icon by dragging it, click right on a shortcut to pin it, and when i try to pin it directly from the taskbar when the program is open, it acts like it doesn't do anything)
Did someone experienced the same problem ? (i didn't find any thread about this problem on the forum). thx

(sorry if my english isn't very good, i'm french).



I finally found the way to fix the problem.
For those who experience it go to
Fix Unable to Pin App to Taskbar and Start Menu (Missing Context Menu and Jump Lists) Error in Windows 7 » My Digital Life
It happens when you suppress the "IsShortcut" key in the Windows registry (to remove the arrow on links).
So if like me you does not support those arrows, either your go back to XP/Vista, or your wait for the problem to be fixed (by Microsoft or others).

Hope it helped.

1. There is an alternate was to turn on Aero in Windows7....but only use this one Build 7000

Click on the Start Button and in the Search box type Aero. Now click on Find and Fix problems with transparency and other visual effects.. Immediately an Aero box will pop up. Click the Advanced link and place a check in the box to automatically fix errors.

No click the Next button and you'll get a progress bar detecting problems. If the results all are checked with none of them failed, then your computer can support Aero. The Aero feature will work immediately, so just choose Close the Troubleshooter.

2. To remove the Send Feedback link on all windows title bars, use this registry script. Copy and paste the info inside the quote into Notepad, choose Save As, then select All Files from the drop-down menu box and type in removeshortcut.reg. Save it to your desktop and double-click on it to merge it intro the registry.

You'll need to restart for it to take effect.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop]
"FeedbackToolEnabled"=dword:00000000 3. I realize Windows Explorer has a Copy To Folder.... and Move To Folder...when you select a folder or file.

This tweak adds Copy To and Move To to the right-click context menu. I use this almost every day. As an example I download all my software to the desktop. then I either install it or use the Move To to send it to my Downloads folder. You can't do this with Explorer's Copy To or Move To for files on the desktop. And it's saves a couple clicks.

It's also possible to add shortcuts to the Send To folder by choosing C:yournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsSendTo

Copy and paste the info inside the quote into Notepad, choose Save As, then select All Files from the drop-down menu box and type in copytomoveto.reg. Save it to your desktop and double-click on it to merge it intro the registry.

Remeber to change Con textMenuHandlers to ContextMenuHandlers in the script below

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAllFilesystemObjectsshellexContextMenuHandlersCopy To]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAllFilesystemObjectsshellexContextMenuHandlersMove To]


I ran across this tweak, and I liked it.

I'm told that you should not do this in 64 bit Vista?

It always annoyed me that Windows Explorer always opens to the Libraries folder with all the folders expanded, it just makes it look too busy.
I never ever put anything in the folders there, except a few things I let default to the My Documents folder.

I have a specific folder for everything mostly on my D: drive.

This lets you set your Windows Explorer open to a different default location.

I set mine to open to My Computer so that nothing is expanded and I can just click on the clearly visible D: drive and get to me files.

If I knew the address I would set it to open with D: expanded, but I haven't researched that yet.

Here's the link...

As I said at the top I have read that changing this can cause problems in Widnows Vista 64 bit, I can't imagine why, it only a shortcut, but it works fine in Windows 7.

Note that you are only changing the settings for that specific shortcut. If you have other shortcuts they will still point to the old setting.

If you have an icon for Windows Explorer on your task-bar (for which you can't access properties) you will have to replace it with a copy of the one that you changed.


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Under User Interface:
Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
Hide "Log Off" from the Start MenuHide the "Run itemHide "Set Program Access And Defaults" ("Default Programs" in Vista)Hide the "Help and Support" itemHide the "All Programs" menuHide "Administrative Tools"Hide the list of frequently used programsHide the list of pinned programsHide the "See more results" link
Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
Show "Open Command Prompt"Show "Send To"Show "Copy to Folder..."Show "Move to Folder..."Show "Run as administrator"Show "Take ownership"Show "Search..."
Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
Enable advanced modeEnable delayed expansion of environmental variablesEnable quick editingFile names autocomplete hotkeyFolder names autocomplete hotkey
System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
Wipe page file on computer shutdownClear the "Recent documents" list on logoffDo not create the "Recent Documents" listDo not store your logon password on the diskDisable hidden sharesDisable user trackingEnable encrypt/decrypt options in ExplorerDisable Faster User Switching
For anonymous users:
Access is allowed with the default settingsTransfer of accounts and SAM names is prohibitedAccess is denied if permits are not specified
Windows Defender:
Disable Windows DefenderDisable heuristic scanningDisable archive scansDisable removable media scansDisable e-mail scansDisable real-time protectionDisable real-time protection promptsDisable downloads checkupDisable executable files checkupDisable definition updates through alternate download locationsCheck for new signatures before scheduled scansDo not log unknown detectionsDo not log known good detections
Startup and Shutdown:
Disable Windows startup soundDisable parsing AUTOEXEC.BATDisplay information about previous logons during user logonDisable Ctrl-Alt-Del before logonRun logon scripts simultaneouslyOptimize system files placement on the diskSpecify time to wait before running Check Disk (chkdsK) in seconds
Event Logging:
Do not log any eventsLog standard events onlyLog all startup and shutdown events
Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
Disable "Program Compatibility Assistant"Disable "Program Compatibility Wizard"Disable running 16-bit applicationsRun 16-bit programs as a separate processAdd checkbox "Run in seperate memory space" for 16-bit applications
Error Handling:
Disable sound when errors occurAutomatic restart in case of a critical errorSend error reportsShow error notification in windowDon't save reports on your computerDon't send additional information in a reportDon't write error information into system log
If an error occurs:
Ask user consent to send a reportAutomatically include only basic information in the reportAutomatically include all but personal data in the reportAutomatically include all data in the report
Internet Explorer:

Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should openAlways open pop-ups in a new windowAlways open pop-ups in a new tab
Specify how Internet Explorer displays a web page when it's launched from another program:
Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
Do not check spelling as you typeDo not check grammar as you typeDo not use background printingDo not auto-save background printingDo not auto-save documents in the backgroundDo not use translucent selectionDo not check if MS Word is the default HTML editor
Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
Disable link prefetchingDo not reduce memory when minimizedDo not download favorite icons (favicons)Disable blinking elementsForce frames to be reesizableUse old style for opening tabsShow all images / Block all images / Load images from the requird site only and block images from othersClose Tab Button full range of optionsHow long Firefox waits for the web page data before it displays the page (From 0 to 1 sec)
System Information includes everything:
OverviewGeneralHardwareCPUMotherbaordMemory ModulesVideoStorageIO DevicesInput DevicesModemsNetwork AdaptersResourcesProblem DevicesOperating SystemProgramsNetworkApplication ErrorsDevice ManagerMemory UsagePerformance
Tasks show Applications, processes, services, and locked files. You can unlock locked files, change the status of services, end processes, and modify application data.

Auslogics Disk Explorer will show what folders are taking up the most space and allow you to delete empty folders on your system.

File Recovery allows you to undelete files.

Speed Up Internet includes:
Automatic tuningAuto HeuristicsDefault TTLGlobal Max TCP WindowMax MTUTCP Window SizeMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Simultaneous HTTP ConnectionsFirefox Max ConnectionsFirefix Max Connections Per Server
1323 OptsACK FrequencyARP Cache LifeARP Cache Min Reference LifeARP Cache SizeAuto HeuristicsAuto TuningCongestion ControlDefault TTLDel ACK TicksDisable Task OffloadECN CapabilityEnable PMTU BH DetectEnable PMTU DiscoveryFin Wait DelayGlobal Max TCP Window SizeInitial RTTIPv6 over IPv4Keep Alive InternalKeep Alive TimeMax Connect RetriesMax Data RetransmissionsMax Dup ACKsMax MTUNum ConnectionsReceive-side ScalingSACK EnabledTCP Window SizeSYN Attack ProtectTimed Wait DelayUse RFC1122 Urgent Pointer
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Request Buffer SizeUse Raw ReadUse Raw WriteUse Write Raw Data
Dns Cache:
Adapter Timeout TimeHash Table Bucket SizeHash Table SizeMax Entry TTL LimitMax SOA Entry TTL LimitNegative SOA TimeNegative TimeNet Failure Time
Internet Explorer:
DNS Cache EnabledDNS Cache TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Connections Per ServerReceive TimeoutServer Info TimeoutSocket Receive Buffer LengthSocket Send Buffer LengthTCP Autotuning
Disable IPv6DNS Cache EntriesDNS Cache ExpirationHTTP Connect TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax ConnectionsMax Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ProxyPipeliningPipelining Max RequestsPrefetch NextProxy PipeliningUse KeepAliveUsing Proxy KeepAlive
(Auto-optimization is based on Over 1Mbps / 1Mbps or lower (default that Windows assumes) / or 128kbps or lower)

The built-in System Advisor determines (THESE ARE JUST SOME):
Can the Internet connection be optimized?Is the registry fragmented?Can Windows shutdown be sped up?Can incorrect drivers be updated? (It updates them in Auslogics Device Manager)
Quick Tasks allow you to:
Erase browser historyErase Windows historyCleanupt emporary filesOptimize memory
Privacy allows you to shred files and wippe entire disks.

Let's check that one again:
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I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I am in the habit of running as a limited user and whenever installing software using the 'Run as Administrator' option. I have separate folders on the desktop containing related types of programs e.g. Applications, Security, Utilities etc.

Within the last week I have noticed that I am unable to transfer a recently installed icon to a folder to a folder in either the limited user or administrator desktops. Windows update installed four security updates on 12 January 2012 = KB2584146, KB2585542, KB2631813 and KB2644615 shortly before I noticed the problem.

I drag the icon to the folder, respond to the 'provide administrator permission' prompt, if needed, but the icon will not move.

I logged on as Administrator and found that I could still not move, delete or copy the icons.

Using WIndows Explorer with 'show hidden files' enabled I found there was a copy of the shortcut icon in a folder called 'Public Desktop' in a folder called C:UsersPublicDesktop containing only the offending shortcuts. Using the Administrator account I can edit these permissions but they do not change after saving.

Can anyone explain why the change has occurred?

I recently got a new computer with Windows 7 ("graduating" from XP)

I have two issues with Windows 7 that are quite annoying. I’ve even googled them and it seems that it is a common problem. Perhaps some of the experts here have some suggestions.

1) The most annoying is the inability to delete some folders under Windows Explorer. Basically, it says that I have to get permission from the administrator, MEL. I AM the administrator. I am the only user. I have found a workaround by using an old DOS command via the command line. I’ve checked permissions and supposedly I do have permissions. But apparently it doesn’t recognize me? What is going on?

2) The second is not as big a deal, but the keyboard shortcuts don’t work. When I set up a keyboard shortcut (ctrl-alt-key), by right clicking and choosing properties for a file, it works the first time. But after that, it doesn’t work. Oddly, there is one program that does consistently work with my shortcut. Any ideas? With XP, I used a great utility, WINKEY, to create shortcuts. Is there something comparable for Windows 7?


I don't know for sure if IE7 is the culprit but I downloaded and installed it last week and started having problems afterward with my scanner (an HP 3500c). There is a shortcut on my desktop called HP Image Director and it normally opens the progam so that I can choose whether I want to scan a photo or a document to Word.

After I installed IE7, double clicking the icon on my desktop does nothing (no even an error message) and if I go into programs to try to start it nothing happens either. I then went to Windows Explorer, found the .exe file and double-clicked and nothing happened. I uninstalled and reinstalled the scanner and that didn't work; downloaded some drivers and that didn't help either. The scanner is connected and it does work because I can open the Imaging part of the program, but that only takes me to where I can scan a photo; no way can I get to the director so I can scan a document.

Is anyone familar enough with this to help? I went online chat to HP and got disconnected twice after waiting for the tech 20 minutes each time.


A strange glitch for some time. Clicking a data file (.doc, .xls, .jpg...) from Windows Explorer will immediately open the file in the associated program. Clicking the same file from a shortcut to the folder on the desktop, however, causes Windows Explorer to become non-responsive and I am forced to end it with the Task Manager. Here's the twist. If I click the desktop shortcut with Explorer open (even minimized), the shortcut suddenly works fine. Close Explorer - dead zone again. Hmmm.
No question of doing a restore - it's been going on for too long. It's not a huge problem - just a huge annoyance. Any suggestions on what to look at?
Running XP SP2, Internet Explorer 7, 3.0Mhz, 2Gb RAM.

Hello All: I am a new poster to these forums.


I just purchased an new desktop 64 bit PC with Windows 7 pre-loaded. I added some RAM, a second hard disk, a PCI parallel port, and a PCI USB 3.0 port. I installed MS Office 2003. I copied all of my data over a LAN from my old computer to the new hard drive that I installed. Then I started to copy and move files and create shortcuts and delete old files or directories and other basic housekeeping chores on the new PC.


Please see the thread below:

I am having this problem in spades. I conclude from the thread that there is no solution at present.


I trust what I read here.

Does anyone have a take on this? Is anyone having the same problems? If so, do you just live with it?



I have searched and can't find anything that works for this problem.

My setup is a Laptop running Win 7 Pro- 64bit and a Desktop running Win XP Pro.

I want to have a shortcut on my laptop for the desktop's desktop, so I can drag and drop files onto it. I had this set up with Vista.

I can access the "shared documents" on the XP machine, and I can ping the computer. Under "Network" in windows explorer in W7, the desktop shows up but when I click it it says I don't have permission (same with My documents; but I can access shared files). The C drive is shared on the XP machine as C$. But I can't make a shortcut to the desktop.

I have tried typing the IP address in the shortcut bar. But it says that I don't have permission to access it even though nothing has changed from when I could access it.

Any direction?

Originally Posted by davdun75 Thanks for your reply...
To clarify my issue: I have arranged the icons where I want (having AutoArrange deselected). Usually, I can freely move them when desired (as in moving a new shortcut to an application or a saved shortcut to a website to a different spot on the desktop). Every now and then, though, the icons 'magically' become locked into their current position and a reboot is necessary to unlock them (when I reboot, the current icon positioning is maintained and I can freely move them again). Not sure if this a Win7 glitch or something with one of my apps - no specific computer activity causes this behavior. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem...? Re: locked desktop icons windows 7 x64
Re: locked desktop icons win 7 x64
Re: locked desktop icons Win7 64bit
Re: unlock desktop icons windows 7

I've searched on google for a solution to this locked issue but could not find anything. The desktop icons are completely locked - unmovable. I have exactly the same problem with Win7 64bit, it is very strange and I noticed that the "locked desktop icons" issue happens randomly. you can still move around the desktop icons from windows explorer, but the ones in the desktop are locked. However, I've seen this lock issue happen especially after resuming from hibernation. A reboot will remove the lock issue. I also tried the following and it worked: I terminated the explorer.exe process with task manager, and then re-run the process explorer.exe again with task manager. Then the locked icon issue was gone and I was able to move the icons in the desktop again. probably this is not the best way of solving that issue, but its better than a reboot, or (safe mode which was a solution mentioned on tomshardware - By the way, how safe mode will solve the lock issue ?). I don't know if this is a bug in win7 x64 or another app is causing this strange behavior. I hope this helps.

Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 , For Some Rev. 1.2

Platforms: Dell Dimension 4550 3.06 Ghz P4 HT enabled
Dell Dimension 4500 2.80 Ghz P4
Addonics Host Controller 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Controller AD2U3PCI
WD My Book Essential 1130 2TB USB 3.0 / 2.0 external drive
Transcend JF700 USB 3.0 16GB flashdrive
Transcend JF700 USB 3.0 32GB flashdrive

Operating Systems:

Windows XP SP3 with NECEL-USB3-Host-Driver-10170-setup - works flawlessly

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 with RENESAS-USB3-Host-Driver-21281-setup - problematic
Anything from 1 to 10 re-installations of USB 3.0 driver required for connection to take effect
Once achieved, connection is solid, can backup etc BUT lost on restart - [Definitely NOT USB 2.0 performance, tested]

Windows 8 Consumer Preview with Renesas USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - 0096 (Microsoft) This driver is Native to WIN 8, when uninstalled , RE-installed automatically with 'Scan for Hardware Changes' or Restart
Anything from 0 to 6 re-installations of USB 3.0 driver required for connection to take effect
Once achieved, connection is solid, can backup etc BUT lost on restart - [Definitely NOT USB 2.0 performance, tested]

OBJECT: Demonstrate that problem lies with WIN 7 / WIN 8 - Once connected, that will let your Host Controller, USB 3.0 drivers and CHIPSET, off the hook


A. Use USB 2.0 - Until the Windows 7 team get their fingers out, time lost trying to make USB 3.0 work, better used with that (slower) Backup.

B: For those who want USB 3.0 to work and have the thrill of faster Access/BackUp

1. TOOLS: (USB 3.0 Host Controller PCI/PCI-e in your machine or on MotheBoard)
USB 3.0 Extention Cable (NOT 2.0), for ease of access(!)
USB 3.0 HDD External Drive AND/OR Flashdrive- USB 3 AND/OR USB 2**
[FlashDrive highly recommended for TroubleShooting]

** Host Controller and Ext. Cable can also handle USB 2.0, USB 1.1 - Part of WIN 7 weirdness is when connected, on occasion, USB 2.0 Flash Drive NOT recognised (although connection sound, LED, made) - Problem Not experienced with WIN 8 - Solution: Re-install driver - Step 2.(a)

2.(a) INSTALL USB 3.0 Host Conroller Software/Driver (see list below)
(specific to manufacturer of Card/MOtherBOard )
- IF WIN 8 - not necessary - Native/BuiltIn xHCI

REMOVE Flash Drive and/or External HDD - Devices - Inhibits/slows Install

*** IMPORTANT *** Switch OFF Windows Update OR Disconnect from Internet
Windows Update slows down/plays havoc with Install, drivers are on Disk

IF ' [[Your Device is ready to Use]' message not appear (WIN 7 only), re-install - Step 2.(a)
TIP*** Locate Downloaded Driver (Application) with Explorer and 'Send Shortcut to Desktop' - you may have to repeat re-install x no.Times

PLUG IN USB 3.0 Extension Cable (Otherwise you'll be on your knees, many,many times - unless it's a Laptop) to your USB 3.0 PORT

(b) PLUG IN USB 3.0 OR USB 2.0 FlashDrive - LED flashing, staying On, b-boing on speakers? - Good - Autoplay Window up? (might not be enabled) so check My Computer - Drive shown as 'Removable Drive'? - SUCCESS

3. ROUTINE for Multiple Attempts to coax WIN 7 into USB 3.0 connectivity:

REMOVE Flash Drive and/or External HDD - Devices Inhibit/slow Install

(a) Start/Control Panel/Hardware&Sound then OPEN Device Manager (leave open)

(b) Expand - Universal Serial Bus Controllers - (bottom or near to)
Locate - Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller - [OR Other] (Ignore Root Hub)
Right click - select - Uninstall - Ok (If you tick box for 'delete driver', you'll need to re-install drivers) Step 2.(a)

REMOVE Flash Drive and/or External HDD

(c) Device Manager - Action (pull down menu) - Click on 'Update Driver Software..' / 'Scan for Hardware Changes'
What you want to see: [installing Device Driver Software] (Not shown WIN8)
Then: [Your Device is ready to Use] Good, but no guarantee of success - failure message?
(There are 'Intermediate' Stages eg. Led On/Sound But No autoplay/Drive shown)
Repeat Step 3.(b)

PLUG IN Flash Drive and/or External HDD - Connection? then - (see Step 2.(b))
IF NOT - REPEAT Step 3.(b) (As many times as you can bear, my limit - 10 times per session) ( 6 times for WIN 8)
(IF you're getting nowhere , re-install driver - Step 2.(a)

AVOID ReStarting/BOOT with USB 3.0 Devices Plugged in Port
it may slow things up

USB 3.00 Host Controller Software/Drivers tried on this Platform:
For example (you may have Mahufacturer other than NEC/Renesas)

USB3.0_allOS_2.1.28.1_PV (from Intel!)
renesas_nec_usb3_2.1.32.0 ( Also Lenovo

All tried and working on this PLATFORM (Using latest)


This is a controversial topic, only in the sense that searches reveal many users with this problem and apparent silence from Microsoft (not slagging off, I am a fan)
For Example: Microsoft Answers yields zilch for 'USB 3.0' search

The fact that Microsoft are now collaborating with Renesas (was NEC) on WIN 8 Native (builtin in O/S) driver:
Renesas USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - 0096 driver means that it should work and any solution applied to WIN 7.

This cannot be a priority for Microsoft, only gentle pressure from users might help.

PROBLEM: Some Installations with WIN 7 don't encounter USB 3.0 bug, so:
Host Controller Hardware Card / Firmware OR
Host Controller Software/Drivers OR
CHIPSET [ Ivy Brridge etc. - That leaves most of us, far behind]

MY ARGUMENT and Simple Logic is:

IF USB 3.0 works flawlessly with WINDOWS XP
THEN Installations of WIN 7 and WIN 8 on the same Platform (Same Hardware),
which exhibit no other problems and are perfeclly stable, should work.
Once connection is established, USB 3.0 works flawlessly - no breaks or drops [Definitely NOT USB 2.0 performance, tested]

There are enough clues above, for someone knowledgeable to push the envelope along,

Putting it simply, WIN 7 / 8 are 'weak' in STARTING process even though Device Manager reports 'This device is working properly.'
It might reside at the Boot/Logon stage

BEWARE of 'Intermediate' Stage in Above Install/Re-Install Routine:
FlashDrive LED is on, Host Controller - 'This Device is woking properly' (Properties)
but no sound or Drive in Computer/Explorer - or Disk Drive in Device Manager persevere with Step 3.
[not impossible, but impractical to attempt with Ext. HDD with weak LED]

No guarantee that this Method Operandi will NOT harm your Windows O/S,
but This PLATFORM has suffered NO ill effects, after 1K+ attempts... WINDOWS is
pretty robust animal
Project started with Windows 7 install Nov'11
'It's like priming a pump, eventually less attempts are required (System learning?)

At no time has connection, once established, dropped on this PLATFORM and
(Disconnected). Set Disk Drive-Properties- Policies - Quick Removal (Default) in
Device Manager

"This is as RANDOM AS IT GETS" - Ed.

Possible clue: WIN 8 came up with this error in Device Manager (USB Mass Storage Device) - 'Port Reset Failed' - {Code 29) when Flashdrive plugged in on BOOT/LOGON

That's all folks

PS. What ever you do, don't mention the CHIPSET, I mentioned it once but i think i got away with it... (Oh no you didn't) {Courtersy of PCReview, Seven Forums)

May 14, 2012

Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 For Some (this)
Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 PART TWO - Continuing Quest
Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 PART THREE - Interim Report
Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 PART FOUR - Green Shoots

Links: Documents & Images
(Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 _Part_3a.rtf for snap a.)
(Windows 7 PROBLEM with USB 3.0 _Part_3b.rtf for snap b.)

Part One: (Part One) (here)
Part Two: Continuing Quest
Part Three: Interim Report
Part Four Green Shoots

I have reserved a great deal of time not passing judgement on Windows 8, but so far I am not as enthused as, perhaps, I should be. This is not to say that I have given up on Windows 8, but for me, the Consumer Preview just isn't doing it. The main problem, of course, for me, and I suspect many others, is not so much the lack of Start Orb, but the Metro UI itself. Please allow me to explain:

Is Windows 8 a service, a product, or both?

I have discussed this quite entangling issue to some length with others in confidence, and have found myself to be disappointed with Metro UI. Some concerns that I see myself and others having is the Metro UI as a service platform for Windows Live. It is clear to me that this is likely the reason that Metro UI has been embedded into the operating system. While its usability is no doubt optimized for touch screens and next generation human interface devices, I find myself frustrated with the pre-installed applications in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In fact, I find myself quite annoyed, and in some cases, startled by what happens when you link your Windows Live ID to Microsoft Windows 8.

In Microsoft Windows 98 SE, upon launching Internet Explorer 5, one of the first screens a user saw was:

"Welcome to MSN Internet Access"
"Get fast, reliable Internet access and e-mail from Microsoft."

During that time, it was uncommon for someone to be on a LAN (local area network) using a router. A LAN would actually have to be manually set up, and so Microsoft attempted to use MSN as an Internet Service Provider to give you dial-up access to the Internet using a dial-up modem.

However, this terminology is telling to me. The issues with Active Desktop from the Windows 9x series of operating systems have not been lost on me. In this context, I am mindful of the fact that Microsoft has attempted to control the desktop, and did make an early bid to control and monetize on the Internet, from its early ages. This is not so much condemnation of Microsoft as it is a realization that Microsoft is a business: just like Google and Facebook.

But what was once seen as a massive attempt to take over the Internet by a corporation that controls the majority of the operating system market, now seems to be getting a welcome reception with bells and whistles from a new generation, corporations, media, and people planning on selling books off their review sites. Indeed, even Paul Thurrott threw me for a loop in one of his more recent reviews, when he concluded something like (paraphrase) "More soon... I have a book to write! (Windows 8 Secrets)".

I have always admired Paul, and his contributions with reviews and early access to Microsoft software. In fact, I have nothing against the guy. But it is true. He has a book to write. About all of the secrets of Windows 8. Much of that review was spent explaining what certain features do. And why they actually may be relevant. To me, this was a sharp departure from highlighting some of the improvements that could be found in the OS or talking about faster benchmarks and better ease of use. What I saw was a middle-of-the-road exploration of features that are so difficult to interpret or understand, even though they are deeply embedded into the operating system, that he has to go around telling you what they are for.

Most of the benchmarks performed on the CP show that there is a small performance blow in comparison to Windows 7, thus far. The system does not run any faster, but boot times have been expedited by code optimization. We have seen this before, with other Windows releases besides Windows 7. One major drag on the operating system seems to be battery usage. The results seem to be inconclusive in this realm, with one site showing better returns, and another site showing massive battery consumption compared to Windows 7. Even though memory deduplication is supposed to improve battery life, benchmarks show either less battery utilization, or much more.

Better Battery Life:
Hands on with Windows 8 CP: Battery life test | ITworld

Less Battery Life:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Quick Look at Battery Life (Updated) | Your source for downloading popular benchmarks

Then there is the whole idea of interest in this OS:

windows 8 cp vs 7 vs xpsp3 benchmarks? - Neowin Forums

Huh? What is going on here? Where is the main interest in the system that we saw with the likes of Windows 7 and even Windows Vista? Windows Vista was a major flop for Microsoft, and it was released years after Windows XP. Still, it offered robust security, and was a step in the right direction for many of us. This is because Windows XP was released in October 2001, and something had to go in the right direction after so much time. Now, with Windows 7 only a couple years old, one is left to ask whether they even need a new operating system. With five years of time between Windows XP and Windows Vista, we still saw big manufacturers like Dell and HP offering downgrades to Windows XP - which many businesses took to save money, at their own peril. But Windows 7 offered something its predecessor, Windows Vista, could not offer. And that was performance on par with Windows XP, a much more slick look, and virtualization technology that would allow anyone with a fairly decent computer system to run, not just a legacy Windows XP application, but the entire Windows XP operating system, in a virtual machine inside Windows 7.

My first point was about Windows 8 as a service, and that is where I also run into some difficulty swallowing the results. Windows 8, when connected with a Windows Live account, seems to want to download your life from Facebook. The "People" Metro application runs a Facebook-based application that, with your consent, downloads all of your information from Facebook and syndicates it to your Windows Live page and Windows Live Messenger. It then uses that information to help you find your "people", by literally just taking all of the data off of your Facebook account. Then, your Windows Live status page becomes something of a Facebook clone. You can find even more people by performing the same task on LinkedIn, and presumably, in the future, all other services, perhaps maybe Google. But what if they let you link Google as well? Then, you can just access everything from "People", which is your Windows Live Messenger status page. What incentive do those other sites have to continue to develop their own social networking sites?

Next up was the product placement in Metro UI applications. When going to video, I found advertisements for popular television shows like The Walking Dead on AMC. It appears that you will eventually be able to purchase video content from this store, and watch videos on your computer. Where will this content come from? Microsoft, of course. This would not be a problem for me, if other services did not exist, like Netflix, for this very purpose. Then, going to Music doesn't show any advertisements just yet - but it does show a blank user library, where you can't add any music to it unless you go into the Desktop any way. Chances are this will be changed, but that doesn't discount the fact that over a decade of software development went into Windows Media Player, which has taken almost a dozen versions for any serious audiophile to even remotely take into consideration. Most will still jump over to iTunes, Winamp, and foobar. Does the Music app interact in some way with Windows Media Player? Is Windows Media Player being phased out? Is Microsoft going to offer its own music service now? We are left to try to figure this out.

You may be wondering where this is going. For me, any way, controlling the presentation means controlling the content. I am very pleased that services have been created like Steam for games and Spotify for music. With these programs, you are able to purchase music as a service. You are also able to purchase and download the full version of games. This software is fantastic, has its own interface, and offers remarkable service when you create an account. You are free to buy stuff, or never do that at all. You can take advantage of social networking within these services. But the great thing about these programs, in my opinion, has always been that you can install and uninstall them at your leisure. Thus, I ask the question, why can't Metro UI itself, just be an icon on the desktop, and a component of Windows that can be removed at any time? After testing the Windows Live features in the built-in Microsoft apps, I am left to make a conclusion I don't really want to make. That conclusion is that because Microsoft could not market social networking to the masses on par with Facebook or Google+, and because the company could not market their operating system to phones and tablets, they have decided to use forced obsolescence to make sure that everyone on the entire planet that buys a PC desktop or laptop computer, besides Linux users, will be forced to interact with their online services like Windows Live and Bing.

When I use the term forced obsolescence, I specifically state that Windows 8 is being designed to make Windows 7 obsolete - eventually. While the touch screen features are great, they seem to be an excuse for giving us a brand new version of Active Desktop. However, this time, everyone actually uses the Internet, and bandwidth/connection speed/throughput is no longer a major concern.

I am left to imagine an Internet where everyone who used a Microsoft Windows computer signed up for MSN Internet Access in Windows 98 and never bought a router. What if everyone in the world was OK with Microsoft placing advertisements for their own or preferred online services in all of their applications years ago? Well, you'd never have Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or a number of other companies. Everyone would be using MSN Search (Bing), Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Mail (Hotmail). I am reminded of America Online.

I have never really minded that Microsoft sells their online services to the world. Windows Live has always been something I considered a decent alternative to Google. However, I do have a problem with the operating system that I use also being designed directly to connect to a slew of services I do not use, and likely never will. This includes everything I listed above about Windows Live. This integration of applications that are dependent on Windows Live is a sharp contrast from Windows 7, and I, at least right now, would have major privacy issues divulging all of my Facebook information, online information, and handing it over to Windows Live. I like the fact that I can use multiple social networks, and that I have options. I use Windows Live for a variety of reasons, but I would never want it to be the only option on my phone. much less my desktop. I would want to be able to uninstall software applications associated with Live.

Because Microsoft controls the operating system market, they have decided to expand their business and compete in other areas. This includes gaming consoles, phones, and tablets. I have never taken issue with this, but I do take issue when these services are being bundled and forced down my throat in an OS release. I am reminded of how, on nearly every operating system installation I performed for years, I would have to be sure to remove the "Online Services" section from Microsoft Windows. These "Online Services" included America Online, AT&T WorldNet, CompuServe, and Prodigy.

Today, the desktop is being phased out. Many Windows 8 Consumer Preview users have found this to be a difficult issue to deal with. They claim they prefer the traditional desktop and Start Menu. I find that to be true, but for different reasons. At the click of a few buttons, in order to use the People app in Windows, Microsoft downloaded nearly the entire contents of my online Facebook account. They downloaded my data from LinkedIn. And they turned it into a Windows Live service. When I go to the Videos app, they're trying to sell me movies and TV shows when I already have Netflix. When I go to the desktop, I'm led to believe that the entire concept is a legacy feature. When I want to access a web browser, I don't want it to take up my entire screen and use 20% of my entire monitor to show me what my browser URL is. What happens when I actually need to do some real work? What happens when I need to bypass all of this junk?

For me, it will probably be easy. I have worked in IT and trained myself on how to get around almost anything. I have learned, over the years, what services are not essential on a Windows desktop, and how to install, manage, and maintain all kinds of different services. But for a person who is basic to intermediary with computers, they will never get passed Metro. They will have their content presented to them in a way Microsoft can control. And instead of the Internet being divided up into different areas operated by different corporations and public interest groups, it becomes very clear to me that Microsoft will showcase a heavy hand in controlling all online content, including multimedia, browsing, search, and social networking. Whereas before people didn't use their services because Google or Facebook may have had an edge, tomorrow people will be led to believe that this is much easier. With no off switch, Metro UI becomes a platform for delivering "online services" as part of the computing experience itself. And in so far that Microsoft could not put a dent in the multi-billion dollar online advertising network run by Google, or take advantage of the benefits of data mining that Facebook has had with their one billion users, they will now use their operating system platform to scoop up hundreds of millions, if not billions of new Windows Live members. To me, this matters.

While I have never had an issue with Google managing my e-mails and search, they also don't control the presentation of all the apps on my desktop. And while I may rely on their online services, I would never purchase an operating system released by them for just that reason. And that brings me back to Metro UI, and the reason why, at least right now, I can't tolerate it.

Here will be my test: If Windows 8 is even significantly slower or more resource intensive than Microsoft Windows 7, I will likely have no reason to upgrade. With a big magnifying glass being placed on my online presence through the integration of Windows Live into my operating system, I won't want to. If my computer boots a few seconds faster with Windows 8, I'll still breathe a sigh of relief that someone isn't trying to sell me zombie flicks directly on my desktop with no off switch.

I won't have as many privacy concerns as others will. If people were upset that Microsoft was going overboard with including Internet Explorer with their operating system, they will be infuriated by the massive takeover of the desktop with intrusive data-collecting applications that make up the Windows 8 Metro UI interface on install. While Microsoft was once a software development company that released products, they have now concerned themselves with maintaining a strong and marketable online presence on the web. They want people using their services on every phone, every gaming console, every desktop, every laptop, and every type of device in existence that uses a micro-processor. For me, this is overboard, and not what I'm interested in spending my money on.

I would have liked if Microsoft came out with an option for consumers: Pay a $100 annual subscription for feature improvements to the operating system. That is a service I would have been willing to buy. And under those circumstances, I'm willing to bet I'd be promptly allowed to uninstall Metro UI and delete the shortcut to it off my desktop; something that will never happen once you examine the changes that have been made between the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

When discussing the new OS with even some of the most technically minded individuals, a guy who designed a Skype app for Windows Phone before the official one was even announced, I found these types of comments:

"Im going to place a shortcut to shutdown.exe -s on my desktop. Although I have my power button assigned to turn it off too."

If that's not being "Vista'd" I don't know what is. But perhaps here are some other considerations:

If this is the most advanced operating system in the world, is it going to even detect whether or not you have a touch screen monitor, and adjust the situation to compensate?

As one other expert put it, why do you have to do "double-backflips" to shut it down?

If the Windows 8 installation asked if you wanted to install Metro UI, would the majority of desktop users currently say no?

Does the operating system showcase more opportunities to market Microsoft online services than it does actual improvements to productivity, usability, and computing power?

How come the only way to close an app is to hit ALT-F4 or CTRl-ALT-DEL, but the option to download TV shows seems to be fully developed? Is this thing like a hotel room menu or something?

Is this OS release inspired by a spur of new innovation or a desire to compete more directly with iOS, Android, Google, Facebook, and Apple?

Does Windows 8 outperform Windows 7?

I'd love to read your comments.

(These are my opinions and they do not reflect on anyone else here at They are subject to change, of course. Here's hoping Microsoft gets it right.)

Taipei, February 4th – Linpus, a leader in the field of open source software in the consumer space, announced the release of a new application for Windows 8. Linpus, one of the most successful open source vendors in the notebook and consumer device market, has recently added Android and Windows applications to its product range. Linpus' focus with this application for Windows 8, Gesture2Launch, was to utilize touch gestures to give an easier and quicker way to launch apps across the traditional desktop and Metro mode. In many cases, up to 4 taps can be saved when, for example, using a gesture to turn off your computer.

Linpus Gesture2Launch works in this way: after running the application the interface has a number of predefined gestures (in the form of the letters of the alphabet) and actions to map these gestures to, including: applications and to various actions like restarting your device. You can then choose to link the action to the letter of the alphabet you feel most appropriate and then simply write that letter anywhere on the screen to launch. Besides restarting your devices, some of the things you can launch are: control panel, file explorer, Windows store, music, media playback actions like play/pause, stop, next, previous music/video – and also shutdown, log out and wireless on/off.

“Besides reducing actions to launch applications, Linpus Gesture2Launch makes it easier from a number of other perspectives,” said Rita Jing, vice-president of sales. “Finding shortcuts and tapping icons and menu bars on the traditional desktop not designed for touch can be a problem, a simple gesture written anywhere on the screen helps to solve this issue.”

Specifically, it has the features listed below:
1) Supports the letters “a” to “z” as predefined gestures.
2) Letters can be mapped to up to 30 predefined actions and applications.
3) Does more than just launch applications, can also do actions, such as, turn off your device
4) Easy system for mapping, editing and changing of gestures to actions and applications.
5) Write on both the traditional desktop and Metro mode to launch
6) Supports English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
7) Linpus Gesture Engine

Linpus Gesture2Launch is available in both basic and full editions. It is on the Windows Store and available to download directly from Linpus website.

I've been using windows 7 ultimate 64bit for a few weeks. It's all good except;

When i try to get in hardrives, folders etc. it waits 2-3 seconds each time. Forward-backward-shortcut any attempt on opening a folder makes me wait 2-3 seconds.

When i check it on task manager, each time i click to open a folder, cpu usage is %95-100. And stacsv64.exe causes that. I close stacsv64.exe from task manager but problem resumes. This time audidg.exe uses the cpu when i click to open a folder. and i still wait 2-3 seconds to open a folder. I try to close audidg.exe, too. But it won't! It comes back as soon as i try to open a folder.

This is quite annoying, i may give up using windows 7 if this slowness doesn't get solved..

Thank you for reading..

Edit: Althought i end all other proccess(including audiıdg and stacsv64), and give explorer real-time priority, it still makes delay while opening a folder. So i think that the problem about audiodg and stacsv64 is not important on "delay problem" So my problem is windows 7 or HP related

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.

Hi guys, I recently acquired a virus on my system which has made my user profile disappear (when clicking on Windows Explorer then C: and then finally 'Users' folder. All of the data is still on the drive as it is as full as it was before). I am running Windows 7 and got around this problem by typing into the search box the name of one of the folders and then putting a shortcut on my desktop to it.
The problem I have now is that I have put a new hard drive into the case and done fresh install on it of Windows 7. What I would like to do now is copy some of the data onto the new drive and then format the disk and just use it to back up my main drive and new windows install. I don't want to lose all of the data on the drive but in Windows explorer it is not showing the profile or any of the folder containing the data. Typing the names of the folders into the search bar dosen't yield the result it did before.
Is there anyway of displaying the folders there without losing the data?
any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance

System details:

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name EDDIE-PC
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz, 2499 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 2101, 06/04/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:Windows
System Directory C:Windowssystem32
Boot Device DeviceHarddiskVolume1
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
User Name Eddie-PCEddie
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.25 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.32 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.50 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.50 GB
Page File Space 3.25 GB
Page File C:pagefile.sys

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