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Lament For Vista Start Menu .....?!


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#1 nat

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:25 PM

Having grown totally fed up with the lack of campatibilty with Vista, I had my system changed to XP Prof,. which is all great and all very compatible, but I do miss many of Vista's features. I've was using Vista for awhile now, and as much as it drove me to almost taking a sledge hammer to it, it does have a few redeeming features.

Such as : the "Snipping Tool" which I used constantly - it's simple, easy and quick - nothing complicated about it. Simply draw around the window you want, and click save - Voila Done!~

Such as : Click on the Start menu - and you can type anything and it will find it, if it's there of course - I can never remember where I've saved anything, etc etc, and this feature just takes all the guessing out of the equation. I hate XP's Start Mnu - it just seems so old now -

And many other features..

So now that I'm back to XP, i'm hoping that there is a way to stay wth XP, but to have some of the few benefits that Vista offers ...

Is this possible ????

Hope so...................

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:57 PM

Hi Nat!

You can probably find 3rd party tools that'll do the same thing - but you'll have to look for each one, and then test all that are available to find one that you like.

Another option would be tri-booting Ubuntu, Vista and XP, and yet another option would be running one OS inside the other in a virtual machine.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:50 PM

Hi Nat!

You can probably find 3rd party tools that'll do the same thing - but you'll have to look for each one, and then test all that are available to find one that you like.

Another option would be tri-booting Ubuntu, Vista and XP, and yet another option would be running one OS inside the other in a virtual machine.


Hey Usasma, my firend - long time since you last helped me ! I still have my laptop as before, but I now also have a desktop, running XPO -i netw

Your "Other Option" sounds very interesting, albeit that I'm afraid to admit that it's way over my head.

I love Ubuntu because of it's speed
I love Vista for the (very) few features it has
I love XP because it's user-friendly / compatible

I hate Ubuntu because it's too techie - I'm more adept at clicking on "Download Now" than I am at entering code after code etal

I hate Vista - well, becuase it's Vista - and compatibility is a joke
I hate XP, because I've forgetten how to best utilize it as it's been awhile now and I hate it because it lacks the advancef features
of Vista.


Any other advice / suggestions ? ? ?

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:21 AM

At one point I experimented with quad-booting. Wow! Was I ever lost with that.
Even with dual-booting I found that I favored one OS over the other - so I finally stuck with just one.
As for Ubuntu - I really liked it, but didn't want to devote the time to learning it because it would take away from the time that I spend learning about Windows.
Finally I just told myself to settle down and pick one. I picked Vista because it's the current Windows OS, I've been using it for several years now (I was a beta tester), and I'm comfortable with it. I've either fixed the compatibility problems on my own, or I've upgraded to newer hardware/software to get around the compatibility issues.

Helping out here requires that I have access to multiple OS's.
And, it's a real pain to have to reboot to work with another OS just for a few minutes
So the use of Virtual Machines is critical for me. I run the Microsoft stuff in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and the Ubuntu in Virtual Box (I'd run them all in Virtual Box but am too lazy to reinstall them).

So it all depends on what you're going to do with them. Each can (AFAIK) support the Virtual Box software - so you can run all of them from any base OS. Tri-booting will likely be better for performance, but you've gotta deal with the "lag" as you have to reboot to use each OS.
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