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Get Classic Windows 7 Desktop

The Windows desktop has changed substantially over the years. If you’re using Windows 7 and want to go back to the classic look of Windows you can. Just follow a few simple steps to change the classic theme, switch to the old taskbar, and change to the classic start menu.

The Windows Classic Desktop for Windows 7

The look of Windows has changed quite a bit over the years, especially with the addition of Aero and the new taskbar. While the changes to the interface have overall been well-received, there are some people who back to how Windows used to look.

There are many reasons to want to go back to the classic Windows look. These factors can ditch Aero eye candy is missing and to conserve system resources, simply prefer the aesthetics of the older versions, or just wanting to keep things simple and familiar. If you are one of the people who look to Windows, as it was before the release of XP, you can do. Read on to find out how to change a classic Windows desktop for Windows 7.

Changing Settings within Windows 7

The first and easiest step in your desktop conversion is the theme of Windows 7 to Windows classic Aero change. To do this, right-click on any empty area anywhere on your desktop and select “Personalize” from the context menu. Displays a grid of available Windows 7 themes. Scroll to the section “Basic and high contrast themes”. Set to “Windows classic”, click it and Windows will be a second to apply the theme. She should now find desktop much like the classic Windows. The next step is to change the system tray.

To change the system tray, start with the right mouse button on a blank area of the taskbar and select “Properties” from the context menu. A “Taskbar and start menu properties” window appears. You want two things to do within the “taskbar”-tab. The first thing to do is enable “Use small icons”, to give the taskbar his older slim look. Next on the taskbar buttons drop-down menu on the same tab go. By default it is on “always combine, hide labels”. Change either “Combine when taskbar is full” or “Never combine” you prefer, depending on that. Either option is to change the window manager on the taskbar, click Classic style. Hit the button apply to make the changes, and then click OK to close the window.

Now on to a noticeable feature on the taskbar missing in Windows 7, the Quick Launch bar that was introduced in Windows 98. If you find yourself missing that feature, you can get the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7 in a few easy steps by following this tutorial without the need for third party software.

Further Steps

You’ve already changed the look of the Windows 7 desktop to resemble Windows classic. However, the Start menu still resembles Windows 7′s and some applications are still missing features from older versions that were removed, like Explorer’s “Up One Level Button”. These things cannot be changed through features built into Windows 7. Fortunately, those things can sometimes be changed with other shell utilities.

The last thing to do in your conversion is to get the classic start menu and restore those missing classic features to Windows Explorer. The best and simplest free method of doing this is through a program called Classic Shell. Download, run, and install the latest version of Classic Shell and you’re done. The classic start menu should now be in place of the Windows 7 start menu, along with some familiar features in Windows Explorer that were missing. If you’d like to fine-tune the features just added, go to the Classic Shell entry located under Programs in the Start menu, which contains programs to adjust Explorer and Start Menu settings.

It’s possible to do any combination of these desktop changes. For example, if you only want a classic start menu with Aero for Windows 7, you can just install Classic Shell and skip changing the theme. Enjoy your classic desktop.

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