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I hate the childish colored tiles and the huge control setup dialogs.

But too lazy to swim against the flow.

And every customization has to be redone on re-installation which I do at least after 2 years and likely shorter.

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2 hours ago, briley said:

Classic start shell works just fine n Windows 10 and very customizable to make it look and feel just as you want - mine looks like Win XP!

 

 

 

Are you sure you are still running Classic Shell, or has it been updated to Open Shell?

 

The below appears on your link.  I know just because active development has ceased, that it still might work, but thought now Windows 10 is in build 1909, which is probably the equivalent of Windows 10 Service Pack 4, or, Windows 14, that it may no longer work.  🙂

 

Note: As of December 2017, Classic Shell is no longer in active development.

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1 hour ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Windows 7 was far away better than the atrocious 10. Only thing going for it is it's better than the abominable 8.

Hate using 10, but came with the machine.

I doubt anyone despises MS more than I.

Are you running one of the programs to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7?  If not, perhaps this thread may be of interest to you.

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

I hate the childish colored tiles and the huge control setup dialogs.

But too lazy to swim against the flow.

And every customization has to be redone on re-installation which I do at least after 2 years and likely shorter.

When I first tried Windows 10, those tiles made the OS look like a kids TV game.  It was hard to take seriously back then.

 

I am now researching all the settings that should be changed to protect your privacy, and there are many. 

 

As you say, when you give your machine a clean out and reinstall, it's a lot of work. 

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I have a new PC and bought a win10 key from ebay as I don't think it had any software installed...I know I won't like win10 but how do I upload the software onto the PC, I highly doubt I'll be able to do it correctly, take to a shop?

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My only complaints for Windows 10 are the messy update system and need to lock down its extensive telemetry which is my personal choice.

I don't give a rats what the back-end looks like, its the stability of applications running on top that's most important. 

 

My dual screen development PC was on Windows 7 for many years and now Windows 10 with addition of SSD drive. Other than a more modern feel, there is little or no difference in operation or productivity. Power the machine up, launch applications from quick launch or desktop and tab between them.

 

Cortana has a sock in her mouth and the start button gets clicks when a blue moon passes.

 

The future is interactive speak, touch and gathering user data. If privacy is a concern then you must learn to work around it.

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On 11/24/2019 at 8:12 AM, KhunHeineken said:

Windows 7 has served me well over the years, and even though I am not an IT guru, I have come to learn how to fix minor issues with it, when they have come up.

Programs like Open Shell/Classic Shell/Back to Start only tweak the graphic user interface, they don't make any changes to the 'engine' so to speak.

 

The only thing I can think of to allow you to fix minor issues is a more direct path to the proper Control Panel items rather than Settings.

 

If it is a privacy issue, there are many 3rd party softwares that will sort this out for you if you don't know how to disable them yourself. Also many programs to strip out the bloatware that comes with W10, have a search for Windows10Debloater as an example.

 

I understand that everyone hates change, but sometimes it is a necessary step to get to terms with the evolution of Windows otherwise, by staying in the past using GUI enhancement you will miss the more important changes to the OS.

 

And just to clarify, this is not a dig at you, fully understand that some people like the older interface. Just try not to miss the newer features. 

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Seems classic shell is not being actively developed, has been taken over by Open Shell, but my version still calls itself Classic Shell and still automatically updates when Windows 10 breaks the system.

 

Using it means there are no blocks etc and you can find the likes of control panel on the start button.

 

You can save all the settings you have applied before re-install of windows 10 then it is easy to keep it the way you want it.

 

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On 11/24/2019 at 4:15 PM, Khon Kaen Jeff said:

I have a new PC and bought a win10 key from ebay as I don't think it had any software installed...I know I won't like win10 but how do I upload the software onto the PC, I highly doubt I'll be able to do it correctly, take to a shop?

After you install Windows 10, one of these programs that make Windows 10 appear like Windows 7 may be of interest to you.  

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On 11/24/2019 at 4:53 PM, maxpower said:

My only complaints for Windows 10 are the messy update system and need to lock down its extensive telemetry which is my personal choice.

I don't give a rats what the back-end looks like, its the stability of applications running on top that's most important. 

 

My dual screen development PC was on Windows 7 for many years and now Windows 10 with addition of SSD drive. Other than a more modern feel, there is little or no difference in operation or productivity. Power the machine up, launch applications from quick launch or desktop and tab between them.

 

Cortana has a sock in her mouth and the start button gets clicks when a blue moon passes.

 

The future is interactive speak, touch and gathering user data. If privacy is a concern then you must learn to work around it.

I am learning about the privacy tweaks that one may wish to do, and there are several, with some being deep in the registry.

 

There are a couple of programs that can take care of it for you.

 

This one looks good, and is free.

 

https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

 

This one looks good also, but is not free.

 

https://www.safer-networking.org/products/spybot-anti-beacon/

 

I have read that some Windows 10 updates reinstates the telemetry and changes your selected privacy settings, so you have to run these programs after every update.

 

I can now see why Windows 10 was free.  It's basically Spyware. 

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On 11/24/2019 at 8:12 AM, KhunHeineken said:

Before anyone calls me a dinosaur, Windows 7 does everything I need, quickly and securely,

Did everything I needed also, but was "forced" to "upgrade" I guess Win 7 wasn't sending back enough information to our controllers in Silicone Valley?

Fact is I am also happy with my 3g connection yet "they" are bound and determined to "force" me to "enjoy" all the "advantages" of 5g, will make no difference to me apart from frying my few remaining brain cells!

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On 11/24/2019 at 12:00 PM, KhunHeineken said:

Are you sure you are still running Classic Shell, or has it been updated to Open Shell?

 

The below appears on your link.  I know just because active development has ceased, that it still might work, but thought now Windows 10 is in build 1909, which is probably the equivalent of Windows 10 Service Pack 4, or, Windows 14, that it may no longer work.  🙂

 

Note: As of December 2017, Classic Shell is no longer in active development.

I have Classic Shell 4.3.0 installed and it works fine on latest W10 upgrade. Just upgraded C Shell to 4.3.1.

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