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    Some background....

    First, I am not a computer nerd, but I do have my nerdy moments... so,

    [NerdyMoment]I have been a Windows user/fan for quite some time, but I have been known to dabble with Apple products like my work iMac etc. I have been using Windows 7 for nearly two years now. I had an advance beta of 7, the public beta, the RC, and now the full version. Oddly enough, though, I have not tried to really test the Compatibility Mode.

    So, I just installed a Windows 95 version of Oregon Trail for my 3 year old. This copy hasn't worked right since Windows 98. Windows 7 looks at the program and determines exactly what setting to run it under and wonder of wonders it works. As I am typing this, I am running an install of a DOS based program, the first version of Warcraft.

    I thought Windows 7 was a great step forward, but now I am really happy. Nostalgia is making me want to dig up a bunch of other old programs that haven't worked for a long time to see if they work too.

    [UPDATE] - WarCraft works!

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    Yeah, I was in the first class of beta testers for Windows 7 and liked it from day one. I'm floored by the steps forward Microsoft has made. Windows 7 is by far the best one yet, but then again I guess anything has to be better than Vista
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    weird -- I HATE Windows 7 !!!

    Why cannot they not leave the interface alone -- or at least provide for a "classic" mode -- jeez...

    I regularly have struggle to locate common stuff ... I'm starting to feel nostalogic for Vista !!

    (BTW -- I think XP mode is only available in the "Professional" and above versions of Win 7 -- not Premium, which is what most folks have)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE View Post
    weird -- I HATE Windows 7 !!!

    Why cannot they not leave the interface alone -- or at least provide for a "classic" mode -- jeez...

    I regularly have struggle to locate common stuff ... I'm starting to feel nostalogic for Vista !!

    (BTW -- I thin XP mode is only availablle in the "Professional" and above versions of Win 7 -- not Premium, which is what most folks have)
    I am not referring to XP mode. It is compatibility mode. Will run most programs by changing the settings to resemble previous versions of Windows. Vista did it too, but poorly.

    Anyway, sorry you do not like Windows 7.
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    How can anyone prefer Vista, Windows 7 is basically Vista that works with a few additions. I hated Vista but am feeling the love for 7 even though I use mac at work. Still won't change my pre for an iphone though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE View Post
    weird -- I HATE Windows 7 !!!

    Why cannot they not leave the interface alone -- or at least provide for a "classic" mode -- jeez...

    I regularly have struggle to locate common stuff ... I'm starting to feel nostalogic for Vista !!

    (BTW -- I thin XP mode is only availablle in the "Professional" and above versions of Win 7 -- not Premium, which is what most folks have)
    Vista was garbage. Perhaps I'm biased since I'm running Ultimate 64x but I don't know how many times I use the snap to functionality a day. I removed the widget bar completely for a cleaner look and it's perfect. No crashes, no blue screens, and no issues. IMHO everything about Windows 7 is a step up from Vista.

    I am not referring to XP mode. It is compatibility mode. Will run most programs by changing the settings to resemble previous versions of Windows. Vista did it too, but poorly.
    the compatibility is the bees knees. I've been running a few of my older programs without a single hiccup. This thread + Oregon Trail on my Pre has inspired me to reinstall that classic. Ahhh, I love nostalgia.
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    Aren't XP mode and compatibility mode the same thing? I was under the impression you had to have a specific version of Win7 for this to work. I was also under the impression there was a minimum processor requirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by groovy View Post
    Aren't XP mode and compatibility mode the same thing? I was under the impression you had to have a specific version of Win7 for this to work. I was also under the impression there was a minimum processor requirement.
    XP mode is only available on Professional Windows 7 (IE Business). It runs XP as a sort of virtual PC.

    Compatibility mode on the other hand will look at programs you are trying to run and determine if tweaking Windows 7 settings so that it runs like a previous version would allow the program to run properly.

    Windows Vista has that same functionality, but the results were so poor that it really wasn't that nice. I have now tried Command and Conquer as well..... very nice.
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