One of the main irritations for me (and probably most of corporate America)
is the use of libraries vs the old pre Vista file system.
When you turn off a feature on a folder in the post Windows XP file system it
is propagated through out the complete file system.
In the pre Vista Windows Operating Systems you had two distinct options that
you could use to customize the settings of a single folder: "Save settings" and
"Remember each folders view settings". This allowed you to set each individual
folder the way you wanted it to appear each time you opened it.
These options were removed with in the a new type of file system integrated
in Vista and newer Operating Systems.
Even vendors that create and sell programs (more commonly known today as
"apps") have dropped those two options...
And the biggest push is for the desktop that looks like a tablet or a cell
phone. Where is the start and program menu of installed programs? It disappeared
in Win 8, semi reappeared in 8.1 and in Windows 10 has a little more
functionality but by far the old Windows XP is gone, but has it disappeared
Where do I find ---?
Are we trending towards using devices that do not have the capability to do
the tasks we do on a daily basis?
The basic theme was available from Windows 95 through XP, this is the classic
theme. I use the green background because when I worked in a Data Center the
blue back ground that was the default would give me headaches after working on a
Server for a hour or more. The green back ground didn't bother my eyes so that
is what I try to use.
The "Start" button is opens to a menu of programs and options. If you
customized the desktop you could have all the tools you need along the left
When you clicked on the "Start" button the menu displays, selecting an item
will either launch the program or open a sub menu.
The sub menu may have more programs sorted by category, no searching through
layers of large boxes looking for your program, a small useful menu.
When you right click on the desktop the menu has a list of options, one is
"New". You can create a shortcut or a folder on the desktop . This image is of
the pre Library type folder, in the Control Panel you can set the options for
the folder to remove all the frivolous options. Thus making the folder simpler
and functional with out using excessive memory for things you do not need.
Vista startup screen...
Vista start button...
Vista menu system, looks familure to the older XP style, basicly unchanged
in the Classic view.
Open the folder for your user ID and this is the layout for your profile,
both windows have a few added items. Some of these items are useful, however the
"Network" shortcut will cause the folder to open very slowly if you are on a
slow or very large network. One way around this is to turn off the navigation
If you create a folder on the desktop the layout is the same as your profile
folder, changing any of the two options on the layout will propagate through all
folders, that is if you turn off the left window (navigation pane) through the
options all folders will have that option turned off.
You can add a short cut by drag and drop or by browsing for the program or
file you want to use.
Windows 7 startup screen...
Like your desktop? I wonder if you can keep it in future versions...
Slowly moving the things you use on a everyday bais further from the first
layer of your menu.
With pre Vista menus your program would be one maybe two clicks away, now?
Fancy stuff those Libraries, however you need to consider how much memory
those fancy options use...
The new Windows 7 folder has four seperate sections you may work from; or
turn on or turn off.
1. Libraries can only be removed by turning off the Navigation pane.
2. If you are on a slow network this will cause the folder to open very
slowly. (You have to turn off the Navigation pane to keep Windows 7 file system
from searching all available resources).
3. The "Preview" pane. (you can turn this off)
4. The "Navigation pane, you can turn this off and the folder will open
almost as fast as a XP folder.
Give it time... The way you make a folder will change from two clicks to over
And creating that short cut will become more time consuming (well how often
do you make a folder?) but the programmers don't use their creations... (If they
did this conglomeration would disappear!)
Windows 8 startup screen...
How nice, the Microsoft programmers have changed your desktop into a mobile
device, just tuck it under your arm and walk away from your desk, what you don't
have enough batteries in your UPS? Silly programmers it is a computer not a cell
Two things about this fancy desktop:
How many of those shortcuts do you actually use on a daily basis?
The logon ID was erased in this image, why you ask? Because it is one of the
two things a hacker needs to gain access to your computer...
Have you tried to change the background on your Windows 8 installation? Not
many choices are there?
Opps we seem to have lost the start button! How do you shut this
conglomeration down gracefully?
And where are your programs? Don't say the startup page, they aren't there,
Well this still works as it has since Windows 95, create a folder or
Whew, I first thought I would have to go down four or five layers of clicks
to actually create a folder then a shortcut for my favorite programs, which by
the way are still in the same place and with the same name. The command box (or
window) and notepad.
Copy a item not move it! Or create a short cut, simple enough...
Windows 8.1 startup screen...
New welcome screen, as I said: The logon ID was removed...
Still at the cell phone desktop, you have to find and click on the desktop
shortcut (hint - I colored mine green)...
Notice the start button and taskbar...
Now at the desktop where you can actually do some work, play a game, or
Try clicking the "start button", where do you go???
Then again you may have to create a toolbar to actually get to your
Two clicks to create a folder or a shortcut.
Need an app (program)? Supposedly (like the mobile devices) the Windows Store
only has programs that will work seamlessly with all Windows Operating System
The change in how the Windows Operating System displays colors will take some
getting used to, gone are the soft colors and now the glaring bright colors,
that maybe good for a cell phone (my cell phone will not display a web page...)
but it sure does make my old tired eyes hurt... Still searching for a color
scheme that I can live with.
I think the new options for the folder are a step in the right direction, but
will it last?
The top toolbar can be shrunk down to a manageable size, however the left
pane is still cluttered, turning it off will turn it off in all folders,
something you may not want to do...
The right click menu is basically the same.
If you pick too many options (like with the newer Microsoft Office) your
display window size will shrink. I did not try to resize the folder window. Why?
Because when you resize one all other folder when you open them will be
the same size as the one you changed, this becomes annoying over time when you
have two folders open, one has to be moved to the side or they will overlap,
more commonly known as "tiling".
Windows 9 startup screen...
Sorry the Windows 9 kludge didn't make it out of beta testing - lucky us!
Windows 10 startup screen...
In the desktop / laptop world if the installed Operating System isn't in a
domain then the user ID will be visible unless you use the Group Policy that you
can set to remove the ID when the OS starts, one of my pet peeves, all a hacker
needs is the user ID and then because the first ID that is created when the OS
is installed it is the system Administrator ID, guess what? The system
Administrator ID can not be locked out by entering the wrong password... This
means a hacker can run a dictionary attack on the user ID to find the password.
Hummm--- My suggestion is that you create another user ID and give it
administrative rights, rename the first user ID to something else and only use
the second user ID, the lock out on that ID will be 3 wrong passwords. Then the
ID displaying on the log on screen is protected.
After logon this background will be the installed (it may change when Windows
10 actually goes into production). Normally I use a solid color for my
background. The new "high def" colors of Windows 10 are really bright, trying to
come up with a usable theme is time consuming and there are very few choices.
Test your start button, not what you would expect with Windows 10?
Of all these "shortcuts" I only see one that I might use: Microsoft Edge (the
new web browser). There are reports that the new browser will use all available
memory, one user said they had 12 GB of memory and it used every last bit, then
it crashed the OS... (This VBox virtual computer only has 1.2 GB of
memory, Edge would not load...)
The left arrow shows some of the options on the start menu, the power off
button is back!
Try adding a program to your start menu. Didn't work for me, then again...
When you need to change a setting try the "Settings" button or the Control
Panel, you have to search through pages of very large thumbnails to find the
actual item you are looking for and they have been moved further away from the
old XP style icon that opened the properties page of the item you would like to
The screen size for this Windows 10 install is 1280x1024 pixels, that should
be large enough to display what you need. However with out resizing the desktop
folder I will have to move it to one side before I can create the test folder.
Resizing any folder will make any other folder you open the same size, gone are
the days of XP style folders that you could make as big or small as you needed
and each individual folder retained those settings but did not propagate the
changes to other folders. With Vista the rules changed, one size fits all.
Wonders never cease! Still two clicks to create a folder!
With the search function box now on the taskbar your real estate on the
taskbar is less...
Now that the folder has been created (I gave up and resized the desktop
folder, as you can see both folders are the same size) and now I need to make my
Windows 10 has a new feature, it is a second desktop, try it. I don't think
you will like the results. If you trully need more than one desktop then search
Microsoft's Technet web site for this program: desktops.exe (don't download this
program from any other web site because the thieves have put a virus in it!)
Creating shortcuts stays the same, drag and drop or search. This image is of
the drag and drop but I had to find the program wordpad.exe before I could drag
it to the new folder.
Using the search box on the taskbar for cmd.exe revels where the programmers
have hidden it:
Then I will drag and drop the program, you can either copy, move, or create a
shotcut. Do not MOVE the file, it has a registry entry to it's location. Copy it
if you need to change any of the files properties other wise create a shortcut.
When you do a search you have four options when you right click on the search
return, why is the return box so large?
This is another image of doing a copy from the original location (notice it
is not in the Systems32 directory anymore...)
I changed my mind and made a shortcut.
I find that Microsoft is making it harder to do an everyday task (I have
tested Microsoft's new Server 2016 and that is worse still...) such as open
notepad or cmd (command line box) to do my everyday stuff.
If I, a certified MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), have
difficulties using their newest creation Windows 10 (and some of the previous
ones!) then how the heck are you going to be productive with Windows 10?
There are a few features of Windows 10 that have been corrected from the
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 but it still is far from functional for the everyday
The Windows 10 super large menu from the "Windows logo start button" is
useless in the everyday world, try adding a program to it.
Windows Ten has new display features of the high definition video driver is
bad for people that have vision difficulties, I changed the background to the
one I use daily (see the XP and Windows 7 images) a dark green, the high def
version was so bright I gave up on it after a few minutes, it really makes my
eyes hurt! And the colors for your folder are harder to change even with the
"color wheel" where you can select the color you want for the folder toolbars
There are a lot of things about Windows 10 that I would like to change/remove
but what I found out was you have to be very careful when changing settings or
removing unwanted programs... It will crash the OS and then can you say:
"Reinstall Windows 10"?
I may revisit this in the future then again I may just toss any Microsoft
product I own (which over the years has cost me a very large sum of money) and
try to use Linux...