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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:52 pm 
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We just upgraded to Win10 on Friday (we put it off as long as possible). I really miss the clean, easy-to-read, detail-loaded interface I had on my old Win7 machine; and the Win10 stuff just hurts my eyes (I am old :lol: ). I am also not into all the black/dark menus (again, I am old! :lol:).

Win10 is just not usable without Classic Shell. The screens give me a headache if I look at them long and I can't even see the icons in the dark/black screens. I also can't make out the text in the taskbar, which is a real handicap.

I have played around a bit with the Classic Shell for the Start Menu and it is somewhat better, but I am having problems trying to get the Classic Explorer looking anything like my old Explorer menu.

However, I do like the sample one you have displayed on the main page that comes up at http://www.classicshell.net with all the markings & annotations. Is that one available for download to use on Win10? I have searched around the forum trying to find it, but I don't know its name so was not successful.

And if there are associated Task Manager and Start Menu skins that match it, I would be very interested in those, too! :D

Mahalo for any help you can provide!!

Geckohale in Kona, Hawaii
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That is just a screenshot on the homepage with text added to indicate what each UI element is. You don't get that in the actual UI.

You can get Classic Task Manager here: http://winaero.com/blog/get-classic-old ... indows-10/

You can disable the Explorer Ribbon and get back the textual menu bar and command bar by using Ribbon Disabler: http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.20

Moving to Windows 10 is not mandatory. You can rollback to Windows 7. Personally, I recommend Windows 7 or 8.1 over Windows 10.

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I knew the annotations were just mark-ups, but I did like the actual screen design/skin that was illustrated in the sample. ;)

Unfortunately, this is an out-of-the-box new computer that came pre-installed with Windows 10. I suspect my only options are to run 7 virtual or dual, but will need to learn how to do that.

We are going to go back to Windows 7 on one of our old computers, but it is really old & slow. The other notebook we have came with 8.1 and we're not fond of that one, either. :lol:

I will keep looking to try to find existing skins similar to the mock-up on the main page, as I do like the simplicity and readability of it ... but at this point don't have the time to try to learn enough to design my own. :(

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If your PC came with Windows 10, chances are that it will have USB 3.0, UEFI, GPT partitions etc and may not have a Compatibility Support Module. It might be hard or impossible to install Windows 7 on it but Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell will give you an experience highly similar to Windows 7.

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