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what features of older Windows versions do you miss most?

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what features of older Windows versions do you miss most in Windows 10?

 

i miss the better update control. this should still exist in Windows 10:

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The fast shutdown with  Windows-key > right arrow > Enter. ( Windows 7 ) not really a feature but more a layout thing.

Also the fact that it didn't really shut down for a periode was annoying...

 

And startup preferences with MSconfig instead of using the Services to do that for applications.

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Probably full control over services. Full control - I mean possibility to disable (almost) every service and keep it that way.

Rest features? I see not so big differences between any version of Windows since Vista. Maybe because I'm using lot of non-microsoft tools for work and I don't care so much about Windows built-in features (like Explorer, Start Menu, Image Viewer, movie player, music player, email client, browser etc). Even for calendar I'm using other tool that built-in.

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Have to go back to earlier SP of Win2k, but I don't want none of that "this file came from the internet and may mug your mum, are you sure you want it?" type warnings.

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1 minute ago, porina said:

Have to go back to earlier SP of Win2k, but I don't want none of that "this file came from the internet and may mug your mum, are you sure you want it?" type warnings.

Yeah windows is full of "don't put your hamster in the microwave" kind of warnings that should be common sense.

but still if they don't want to get sued this is a necessary evil. 

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The WinNT UI.

 

Personal preference, WinNT was the apex of Microsoft's OS, it's been all downhill since then.

Also, the old website that gave you updates as single files you could choose which ones to install, or not install.

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1 minute ago, monjessenstein said:

Might sound stupid, but I honestly miss the built-in minesweeper.

i only just noticed that it's gone, even in Windows 8.1... Windows 7 still had it right? 

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Just now, firelighter487 said:

i only just noticed that it's gone, even in Windows 8.1... Windows 7 still had it right? 

Yeah I think they got rid of it after 7. Sometimes still try and find it from the start menu out of habit.

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1 minute ago, Settlerteo said:

The default desktop wallpaper on first boot.

this one i don't understand. what version of Windows are you talking about here?

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Just now, monjessenstein said:

Yeah I think they got rid of it after 7. Sometimes still try and find it from the start menu out of habit.

i just checked, and you can install it from the MS store. so you can have it back. 

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18 minutes ago, firelighter487 said:

this one i don't understand. what version of Windows are you talking about here?

From Win 98 through Win 7

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The 1st PC I bought years ago (like mid 2000s) had Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, I miss the version of Windows Movie Maker that was included in that, though I've gotten used to the Windows 7 version of Movie Maker so I don't miss it as much.

Also the UI for XP is somthing I miss.

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  • Control of the system installation that let's me choose which components to install, similar to Windows Server
  • Windows updates control
  • Lighter UI, not an useless one with double the control panels with all the Metro thing.
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Updates control. XP era disk defrag tool with modern options. Win7 image viewer. Movie Maker. More Win7 style start menu; I don't mind tiles, but I would like software search to be integrated rather than using another menu for that.

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On 10/19/2018 at 10:01 AM, FastRDust said:

Also the fact that it didn't really shut down for a periode was annoying

If you are referring to the "fast start-up" that W10 introduced, where the computer hibernates rather than actually shutting down, that is still the default setting.

 

On 10/20/2018 at 11:43 AM, LoGiCalDrm said:

Win7 image viewer.

This guide should fix that for you: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-get-windows-photo-viewer-back-in-windows-10/

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On 10/19/2018 at 11:25 AM, Radium_Angel said:

The WinNT UI.

 

Personal preference, WinNT was the apex of Microsoft's OS, it's been all downhill since then.

Also, the old website that gave you updates as single files you could choose which ones to install, or not install.

I loved NT :) You had so much more control on it than the newer stuff.

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Lack of bloatware.

 

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5 hours ago, LinusOnLine said:

I loved NT :) You had so much more control on it than the newer stuff.

Yup, and getting USB to work was just icing on the cake (yes, USB did work once you patched the system to 6a and installed the subset written by, of all things, Dell. Got a full USB stack. It was glorious.)

 

Sadly, the lack of DirectX beyond...IIRC...6, killed it as an option for gaming. Then of course was the refusal to backport any features, like ActiveX, and such, nailed the coffin shut. Shame really...

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On ‎10‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 4:54 PM, firelighter487 said:

what features of older Windows versions do you miss most in Windows 10?

 

i miss the better update control. this should still exist in Windows 10:

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(don't ask why my Windows color is set to pink, i like pink ok, don't hate)

1) Full on "ugly" classic view from Windows XP and Windows 7.

 

2) The option to never check for updates. EVER. Like what we had in Windows 8.1 and lower.

 

3) The F8 key from Windows 7 and below, which allowed you to access safe mode a lot easier.

 

 

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11 hours ago, grss1982 said:

1) Full on "ugly" classic view from Windows XP and Windows 7.

 

2) The option to never check for updates. EVER. Like what we had in Windows 8.1 and lower.

 

3) The F8 key from Windows 7 and below, which allowed you to access safe mode a lot easier.

 

 

1. Classic view in win7 disables desktop composition, which was bad.

 

2. It's possible.

 

3. It's possible too, look on internet for it.

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