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IainB:
Maybe we should create a statue of the W10 Logo and slaughter a calf?   
-MilesAhead (December 14, 2018, 08:04 AM)
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Hmm. Not such a bad idea, but, bearing in mind that we are talking about MS Win10 here, it should arguably be a comparably representative pig with lipstick on that is being slaughtered, rather than a calf.

widgewunner:
Background:  I'm running a 2012 gaming desktop and an HP laptop both running Win 7 (which I like).  My old XP box finally died and I am intimately familiar with Win versions 3.0 up through 7.

But, I've postponed my update beyond Win 7 as long as possible (and managed to avoid 8 altogether).  The Dell laptop I setup for my brother 10 years ago (running XP) is on its last legs and he asked me to set him up with a new box (he is non-tech).  I just bought him a new laptop, an ASUS ROG GL703GE gaming laptop (from Costco) which came with Win 10 Home - I think - I have not even dared to boot it up yet before doing my homework.  In the past, I have had good luck following the "Windows Annoyances" books and the tweak guides from tweakguides.com.  But when I just went to the tweakguides site, Koroush Ghazi (the author, a Windows expert I trust), says that Windows 10 is so bad that he was unable and unwilling to write a guide for Win 10.  I am not looking forward to the "learning experience" trying to get his new laptop to look and behave as his old trusty XP box.

Question: I have zero experience with 8, 8.1 or 10 and am looking for a "Old School Survivors Guide to Windows 10" or "How to make Win-10 look and feel like Win-XP".

Any suggestions?

He is not so concerned about the privacy issues (from what I've read so far, Win 10 is unavoidably spyware), I'm more concerned about getting a desktop that looks and feels like Win XP. (Same start menu and explorer look and feel).  I could return this if need be and pick out some other model (I'm guessing that Win 7 boxes are no longer available?)

Am I dreaming?

Thanks in advance - any help would be appreciated,
Jeff Roberson

Curt:
Win 10 can easily be made look like an improved Win 7:

Read the thread "Windows 10 Collection of Hacks, Tweaks, Improvements": http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=43183.msg403785#msg403785

Also:
"How to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7": https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-make-windows-10-look-like-windows-7/
"How to Make Windows 10 Look and Act More Like Windows 7": https://www.howtogeek.com/277448/how-to-make-windows-10-look-and-act-more-like-windows-7/
"17 Windows 10 problems, and how to fix them": https://www.itpro.co.uk/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them

Blackbird was important to me: https://www.getblackbird.net/download/

widgewunner:
Thank you - that is exactly what I was looking for!

IainB:
@Curt:
Win 10 can easily be made look like an improved Win 7: ...
-Curt (December 19, 2018, 04:43 PM)
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Thanks!   :Thmbsup:
I have just now updated the Windows 10 - Collection of Hacks, Tweaks, Improvements with a "How to make Win10 look like...[another Win OS version]" link for these points you listed, under the GUI and Controls heading.

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