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Video: Create a Windows XP Classic Start Menu in Windows 7

Bill Detwiler shows you how to use Windows 7's Toolbar feature to create a Windows XP-style Classic Start Menu right along new Start Menu.

If you're a diehard fan of the Classic Windows XP Start Menu, and would like to get it in Windows 7, then stay tuned. During this week's episode of TR Dojo, I'll show how to use Windows 7's Toolbar feature to create a Windows XP-style Classic Start Menu right along new Start Menu.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

7 comments
dondidly
dondidly

Found that I had to use the path of C:\Users\\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

sura.jan
sura.jan

because it is clean, easy and logical. It isn't original in XP - already XP original has that stupid, unlogical two columns Start Menu. It was very good setting in XP - all to classical view. Classical view comes from Win 2000 and earlier. In Vista it was still possible (but not so easy as in XP) to set classical Windows view. When I use my PC as a tool and not as a children's toy then I don't need any Air and other stupid frills taking CPU power. I want the power for my job and not just to run Operating System itself! That's why I hate Win 7 (Vista even worse)! All normal logical functions are complicated, placed at unlogical places, it is very exhausting to get any information and to set what I need. At least system setting for maximum power without color and graphical circus is still possible also in Win 7 ...

OrdinarySoft
OrdinarySoft

Hi Bill, Great Video! I know how is difficult to create one. But in technical part it's not correct. Since Start Menu has two folders - All User Start Menu (that you use on your Video) User Start Menu So it's better use special solutions like - www.startmenu7.com or more simple www.startmenuxp.com both are freeware. May be you will have time to make video about it. -- Best regards, Dennis Nazarenko http://www.ordinarysoft.com

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

Dontcha know that there is a new verison of WIndows? Windows CEMENT combines the Windows CE, Windows ME, and Windows NT systems for a far superior user experience! (just kidding)

doug.lewis
doug.lewis

I am surprised you didn't have a specific entry for Microsoft Bob, I would have chosen that one! :)

sdegroff
sdegroff

I prefer Win 2000 Tool bar. It's Clean, Simple, Professional Looking and gets right to the point without having to look through a Fisher Price toy box to find the button hidden among a bunch of cartoon characters.