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    So Santa bought you a new laptop for Christmas. And it’s Windows 11. And you’ve tried that center menu for a bit and it’s well… annoying.  Or you ha
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      Want to have file thumbnails back in a folder? There’s a workaround for that as well.

      Not good enough. I need folder thumbnails that display covers/posters of movies, tv shows, dvd/cd..

      Examples:

      • #2409833

        I honestly think the title is good enough.  For me, everything I listen to these days is streaming through Sonos or Netflix.  (Sonos speakers are really good)

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #2409834

      everything I listen to these days is streaming through Sonos or Netflix

      I don’t stream. Every thing is stored locally on home network.

    • #2409854

      Hello Susan. I am one of the Lucky Ones. Santa did not bring me a new computer this Christmas. Instead I am plodding along with my familiar keyboard, screen, limitations etc.

      By all means, it’s your computer to do with it whatever you like.

      I respectfully disagree, to a cautious extent.

      Back in the mid 80s, the XT-chassis was indeed MY computer hardware and the DOS/MASM/PCWrite software on it, while not mine, was licensed as is for my perpetual use and would work forever, with whatever flaws and bugs came with it.

      The advent of MSWindows and the Internet changed that, as is evident daily from posts in AskWoody forums on how to resist change by inhibiting updates.

      This laptop (and the other two within my home) can no longer be said to be mine in the sense that they were forty years ago.

      Today there is always another party making changes that are essentially beyond my control.

      It is true that knowledgeable members of AskWoody can devise and pass on tweaks to thwart MS. It is also true that something like 98% of all PC/Windows users can get updated without their knowledge and the world is a better place for that.

      But 2% of us spend a significant part of our lives struggling to maintain a stable platform for purposes of development and testing of software.

      And now you know where my heart lies!

      Cheers
      Chris

      Unless you're in a hurry, just wait.

    • #2409906

      Anyone know of anything wrong with Open Shell as a Start menu replacement on Win 11? It’s the open source follow-on to Classic Shell:

      https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu

      I’ve been using this since forever in Win 10, and personally I like the minimalistic “Classic style”. Some claim it can be made to work.

      -Noel

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        Works fine here on Win 11 home and pro.

         

        mbhelwig

      • #2410118

        As I just posted, Open Shell menu free [v4.4.160] worked fine on Win11 Pro laptop.

    • #2409917

      Same here. I used Classic Shell for Win 7 and Open Shell since the move to Win 10. I’ve always prefered the classic cascading menus. I appreciate being able to create my own custom folders and subfolders to group programs according to my own workflow.

      No official word yet that I’ve found stating compatablility with Win 11. I sure hope it will officially support Win 11 by the time I consider moving from Win 10 – say in 2025 maybe? 😉

      Win10 Pro x64 21H2, Win10 Home 21H2, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

    • #2410079

      I bought a new Win11 Pro laptop in early Dec. Before doing anything search for how to make Win11 look & work like Win10/7. When you have knowledge and resources take deep breath and do whatever it takes to prepare mentally for inevitable frustrations..there’s a lot to hate about Win11, but most can be fixed..then work your plan.

      I used Open Shell menu free [v4.4.160] to put a civilized start menu in place. Built from there so it works like other Win10 Pc’s.

      It could have been worse, Microsoft was considering ground up new operating system, Windows 10X, that would have broken a lot of legacy software. As it is, I’m still using some programs that are 20 years old that I definitely would not want to part with.

      Good luck.

    • #2410171

      I bought a new Win11 Pro laptop in early Dec. Before doing anything search for how to make Win11 look & work like Win10/7. When you have knowledge and resources take deep breath and do whatever it takes to prepare mentally for inevitable frustrations..there’s a lot to hate about Win11, but most can be fixed..then work your plan.

      I used Open Shell menu free [v4.4.160] to put a civilized start menu in place. Built from there so it works like other Win10 Pc’s.

      It could have been worse, Microsoft was considering ground up new operating system, Windows 10X, that would have broken a lot of legacy software. As it is, I’m still using some programs that are 20 years old that I definitely would not want to part with.

      Good luck.

      20 years….Young person…. I have programs going back to 36 years. If you take cobol programs into count, than it is 62 years. Have old computers  all over from different times but using Windows Xp at moment. Windows 98 has power failure…A sad time to see this old machine no power up any more. Not using this new Windows 11 sypware that MS is putting/forcing now.

    • #2410248

      I upgraded one side of my daily driver dual boot to Windows 11 Pro/StartAllBack November 4, and I’ve been using both OS’s on a daily basis on the same hardware for the past two months. Windows 10 Pro 21H2/StartIsBack++ and Windows 11 Pro 21H2/StartAllBack look almost identical, which is very much like Windows 7 Pro.  Telemetry is controlled using O&O Shutup10 and the Windows registry.

      Since the UI (I don’t care about the folder icons) is absolutely not an issue for me on either side, I’ve been comparing just the two OS’s. After two months, I can safely say that Windows 11 Pro is just a very minor upgrade for Windows 10 Pro. I can discern no performance differences at all. In Windows 11 Pro The Privacy & security page in Settings doesn’t open (likely related to no TPM), but I haven’t used the Security UI for several iterations of Windows. Everything I want to do with Defender is done via Task Scheduler, and all those tasks report “The operation completed successfully”.

      The “unapproved hardware” for Windows 11 is easily overcome with simple copy/paste, and so far, Microsoft has not pulled the ability to update the software. If that (no updates) were to come into play, it will be simple to return to Windows 10 Pro by restoring my drive images, and since there is so little actual under-the-hood difference, there’s no big loss.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do. We don't all have to do the same things.

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