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Old 04-10-2013, 09:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I do like how 8 is faster... I don't like how it's layed out all wrong. Based on the win8 machines I've used I'd rather keep the simplicity and long boot times of 7...
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #22 (permalink)
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That's a good start. I still don't know why I keep getting kicked out of destop mode when I open any media files. I may just go back to Windows 7.
Why? You need to set the default program to open the media files (ie Windows Media Player, MS Picture Viewer, etc).

You can do it the same way as Win 7, Vista, & XP... right click, then go to "Open With" and then "CHoose Default Program" for making that program the default program.

iirc, if you use a 3rd party start menu, then you can go to the Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Set your default programs

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:50 AM   #23 (permalink)
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You can also create task bar shortcuts for all of the programs you use, eliminating 99% of the need for a start menu.

If you want more info on that let me know.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Apparently win8 is the new vista

Thankfully win7 was/is the new XP

(If your boot time is too long in 7 you need to go into the startup/boot programs list and get rid of anything irrelevant, gets clogged with stuff you don't even know its doing...)
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Apparently win8 is the new vista

Thankfully win7 was/is the new XP

(If your boot time is too long in 7 you need to go into the startup/boot programs list and get rid of anything irrelevant, gets clogged with stuff you don't even know its doing...)
having a SSD as my boot drive also helps
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Ssd is the cats meow
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:02 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Why? You need to set the default program to open the media files (ie Windows Media Player, MS Picture Viewer, etc).

You can do it the same way as Win 7, Vista, & XP... right click, then go to "Open With" and then "CHoose Default Program" for making that program the default program.

iirc, if you use a 3rd party start menu, then you can go to the Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Set your default programs
Well that should be the default prompt. Not kicking me out to the apps menu. I'll see what I can figure out when I get home. I have windows explorer pinned to the task bar but it boots me out of desk top when I try to open it. I've been searching files to get to my media. I've never seen such a waste of time.
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Well that should be the default prompt. Not kicking me out to the apps menu. I'll see what I can figure out when I get home. I have windows explorer pinned to the task bar but it boots me out of desk top when I try to open it. I've been searching files to get to my media. I've never seen such a waste of time.
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Here is my setup. Notice I have the libraries or windows file explorer folder lower right task bar. That's how I access all my media and documents as well as control panel and some other locations I dropped into the favorites location. Plus all my disk drives our there as well, including SD cards when inserted.

Once you get it setup so your file explorer icon pins to your task bar and opens correctly (not sending you out of desktop mode) make sure you have the navigation pane showing.

Then customize your navigation pane to fit your needs.

File explorer should open up as shown in the picture. If not unpin it from the task bar. Go to search mode (bottom right corner then magnifying glass from slide out menu) and search for libraries. Open it and when opened it will show on your task bar. Right click and select pin to task bar.

You could also do the above but search for your computers name, mine is my first and last name, and a folder will show up. That will have the same screen as the libraries screen. The difference is you should be able to drop all your programs/locations in that folder vs. using the favorites menu in the navigation pane. This would come in handy if you didn't want your task bar clogged up with pinned program and location short cuts.

Hope this makes sense and helps. Once you get it setup you should never have to be out of desk top mode unless shutting down or restarting, or performing other system related tasks.
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About the 3rd party toolbar. I have been trying to dl classic shell for several days and it gives me a 500 error and says they are working on a fix for it. I have also found while looking to replace my busted machine, they are charging way more at etailers for the same lappys with 7. So I could save money by buying the shitty new operating system and then down grade the is myself. I find it ironic to say the least.
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Here is my setup. Notice I have the libraries or windows file explorer folder lower right task bar. That's how I access all my media and documents as well as control panel and some other locations I dropped into the favorites location. Plus all my disk drives our there as well, including SD cards when inserted.

Once you get it setup so your file explorer icon pins to your task bar and opens correctly (not sending you out of desktop mode) make sure you have the navigation pane showing.

Then customize your navigation pane to fit your needs.

File explorer should open up as shown in the picture. If not unpin it from the task bar. Go to search mode (bottom right corner then magnifying glass from slide out menu) and search for libraries. Open it and when opened it will show on your task bar. Right click and select pin to task bar.

You could also do the above but search for your computers name, mine is my first and last name, and a folder will show up. That will have the same screen as the libraries screen. The difference is you should be able to drop all your programs/locations in that folder vs. using the favorites menu in the navigation pane. This would come in handy if you didn't want your task bar clogged up with pinned program and location short cuts.

Hope this makes sense and helps. Once you get it setup you should never have to be out of desk top mode unless shutting down or restarting, or performing other system related tasks.
Yeah, I can't get it to open. It just sends me back to the start page. I'll try to re-pin it and see what happens.
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