New computer, new limitations
Thread poster: Samuel Murray

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Mar 15, 2012

G'day everyone

My trusty Win XP laptop died this week and I got myself a new computer, with Windows 7 on it. Every time I get a new operating system, I try to get back my old functionality using third-party programs or clever tweaks, but there are always things that simply don't work anymore.

Does anyone know how to solve these two problems (even if I have to pay for third-party software)?

1. My monitor is full HD in portrait mode. So it makes no sense to have the taskbar at the top or bottom. I had the taskbar on the left-hand side in Win XP, but to make running programs' icons visible enough, the taskbar has to be about 200 pixels wide. Fortunately in Win XP, if the taskbar is on the left or right, open windows overlap the taskbar if necessary. With Windows 7, the taskbar is always on top. Always. I can "autohide" the taskbar, but that is no solution because I want to be able to see the taskbar while I work (my brain works on the out-of-sight-out-of-mind principle, so anything that is hidden get forgotten). What would the solution for this be?

2. In Windows XP, one could drag any folder to the edge of the screen, and it would turn into a toolbar that contains items in that folder. Windows 7 no longer has this functionality. Any user-created toolbars in Windows 7 has to be inside the taskbar and can't be elsewhere. Any nice software to overcome this problem?


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perhaps Mar 15, 2012

you could consider StarDock? It's really comprehensive and versatile software, and although it's mostly for MacOS fans, I'm sure I've seen similar features to yours implemented via SD.

Also, if you've got w7 Ultimate, you should have WinXP SP3 (x32?) preinstalled too (as an image). Also a virtual machine option sometimes may be the key.

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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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XP might run on your new computer too Mar 15, 2012

Have you tried running your trusty XP on your new laptop?

If it runs, all your problems should be solved?

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Alex Lago  Identity Verified
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Tried this? Mar 16, 2012


As regards problem 1 all you should have to do is drag the taskbar to the side you want and then right click on top of it, select Properties and "uncheck" the auto hide box, then the windows will adjust and the taskbar should be visible without "riding over" your windows.

I'm sorry but I don't really know what you mean with problem 2 (I don't think I ever used that feature in XP) so I've no solution to offer for that

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