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Author Topic: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?  (Read 6058 times)

JavaJones

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Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« on: October 21, 2009, 01:31:54 PM »
I found an interesting list of things removed from Windows 7 (vs. Vista - the list of things removed in Vista vs. XP is a lot longer :D). I thought it might be useful to see a concrete list and talk about what things we might miss (or are glad are gone!). So here's the list, to get started (and I'm sure it will grow with time):
http://en.wikipedia....removed_in_Windows_7

I will tell you the biggest thing I miss is the more full functionality of the status bar in Explorer. Why they removed features like showing the size of folder contents I just don't know! Especially with the supposedly more advanced indexing Win7 now has.

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 03:16:08 PM »
I don't really have many comments. Very rarely use Vista and the features missing from it in W7 don't seem a big issue to me. But the ones that are missing from those I have in XP are very irritating indeed.

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009, 03:49:35 PM »
Great find, JavaJ. Had no idea "Windows Calendar" even existed!

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009, 04:25:09 PM »
I don't really have many comments. Very rarely use Vista and the features missing from it in W7 don't seem a big issue to me. But the ones that are missing from those I have in XP are very irritating indeed.

What do you find missing from XP that 7 does not have?

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009, 08:00:14 PM »
I can do without all those features myself. I think I would be more disappointed if I used Windows Explorer.

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009, 03:17:37 AM »
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ClearType cannot be turned off entirely in order for the user interface font
"It's not a bug, it's a feature"? Awful on better resolutions.

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Classic Start menu
The reason for me not to install Windows 7.

That's it, basically...

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 05:02:44 AM »
I have always been a sucker for add-ons. This list certainly gives me hope for the future for applications that will extend the usability of Windows 7...

Here & now I am sadly surprised that my Windows Media Player not will be allowed to minimize to taskbar integration. This probably means I will "need" to also get myself a widescreen monitor?

The Classic Start Menu can most likely be replaced by third party applications.

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009, 05:48:54 AM »
Only thing I've missed in Win7 compared to XP is floating appbands - I used to use them for a bunch of different shortcuts... and when I moved to Win7, mouser's LaunchBarCommander didn't work properly (dunno if he's bugfixed it yet :)). Other than that, pretty much everything else has been a step in the right direction for me.
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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009, 06:35:53 AM »
Am I the only one that is personally glad they removed the "Classic" start menu from Windows?

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2009, 07:25:22 AM »
Am I the only one that is personally glad they removed the "Classic" start menu from Windows?
Nope :)

Even though I rarely use the start menu because of FARR, the Vista style start menu is a pretty big improvement over the classic. Of course MS could've kept the classic menu for the people who refuse to change, but whatever.
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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2009, 09:27:29 AM »
I'm not at my Win 7 PC now but can you not just recover most of the Classic Start menu behaviour in a quicklaunch-esque toolbar?

Either way I don't miss it. In Vista initially I used to switch to the classic menu alright but once or twice of forgetting to do it showed me just how good the new menu was.

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2009, 10:06:49 AM »
Hrm, no tooltip when hovering over the date area (essential for checking up the date), and no connection animation (always useful to see if something is hoarding all the bandwidth for itself).

Even though I rarely use the start menu because of FARR, the Vista style start menu is a pretty big improvement over the classic. Of course MS could've kept the classic menu for the people who refuse to change, but whatever.

How so? The only good thing it has going for it is that maybe people will be more accustomed to use the new Search box, in an effort to avoid the POS that is the new Start menu. Or am I missing something?

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2009, 12:40:23 PM »
Only thing I've missed in Win7 compared to XP is floating appbands
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I'm not clear what an appband is. Is that what is created when you drag a folder to the edge of the screen and it creates a taskbar-like menu? I used to use one on the left side of the screen but now I just put my whole start menu on the left and pin all the programs I use to it. Works great!

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2009, 01:43:30 PM »
The Classic Start Menu can most likely be replaced by third party applications.
Shareware though.

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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2009, 03:16:14 AM »
Only thing I've missed in Win7 compared to XP is floating appbands
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I'm not clear what an appband is. Is that what is created when you drag a folder to the edge of the screen and it creates a taskbar-like menu? I used to use one on the left side of the screen but now I just put my whole start menu on the left and pin all the programs I use to it. Works great!
Yeah, I think appband is the name for it, but that's what I meant. Pinning stuff to the taskbar doesn't quite do it for me, I want it on a separate bar (and can you pin folders on the win7 taskbar? haven't tried, tbh :))
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Re: Features removed from Win7 - do we miss them?
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2009, 03:19:05 AM »
lots of tips here to make win7 better - including how to pin folders to the taskbar (should have been built in - why not?).

http://lifehacker.co...e-guide-to-windows-7

here's the folder pin link: http://lifehacker.co...he-windows-7-taskbar