Microsoft

User Interface Transition from Windows XP to Windows 7

Windows 7 Build 7000 Desktop Customization 1

With Build 7000 of Windows 7, Microsoft decided to give end-users a clean slate on their destkop instead of their familiar navigation icons. Out of the box, you have to get to your favorite places from the new Start Menu, which will leave many veteran Windows users confused and frustrated. You can put them back, but it's not intuitive. You have to right click on the desktop and choose "Personalize" (a naming convention change from Properties) and then click on "Change Desktop Icons". This is a change that was introduced in Windows Vista, but again, many users will experience this first with Windows 7.