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#76 KRazpopov

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 23:35

Well I don't like the Metro theme. And I would rather disable it like I did on Windows 8 Developers Preview. But you can't do that in Windows 8 CP or on Windows 8 RP.

And what about search Companion from Windows XP? Like these pictures taken from my Windows XP. Why did they remove it from Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8. I like search Companion and although Agent Ransack does the same thing. I have not been able to find any software that can bring back the animated characters on Windows 7 that you have on Windows XP.You know the animated dog,Merlin the magician, Courtney and the others. Andrea Borman.

Well if you don't like the Metro UI, there's a nice alternative called windows 7. Since Windows 7 is basically 8 without the start screen, you'd be saving yourself the hassle of using software like ClassicShell to remove something you don't use.

As for the animated search companions-they served no extra purpose, other than being a decoration to that sidebar. If you're searching for a file, you won't be looking at the "companions". Rather you'd be focusing on inputting the correct data, so the right results show up.

Do we even need to answer this?

I guess I just did.


#77 Lee G.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:02

Well I don't like the Metro theme. And I would rather disable it like I did on Windows 8 Developers Preview. But you can't do that in Windows 8 CP or on Windows 8 RP.

And what about search Companion from Windows XP? Like these pictures taken from my Windows XP. Why did they remove it from Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8? I like search Companion and although Agent Ransack does the same thing. I have not been able to find any software that can bring back the animated characters on Windows 7 that you have on Windows XP.You know the animated dog,Merlin the magician, Courtney and the others. Andrea Borman.


Andrea, you would love Microsoft Bob.

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#78 Andrea Borman

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:07

Andrea, you would love Microsoft Bob.


What software is that? Where did you get it? Andrea Borman.

#79 Max Norris

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:15

What software is that? Where did you get it?

Bob? It was an alternate shell for 95. Personally, one of those "WTF were they thinking?" products.
http://youtu.be/ZegWedG-jk4

And just to keep the "WTF?" alive, there's a web version of MS Agent too by a third party.
http://www.smore.com/clippy-js

#80 Lee G.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:18

What software is that? Where did you get it? Andrea Borman.


Microsoft Bob. It was a new interface for Windows 95 for new computer users. It was a failure.

#81 KRazpopov

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:20

What software is that? Where did you get it? Andrea Borman.

Microsoft Bob. An attempt at a more consumer-oriented user interface for Windows 3.1 and 95. And might I add it failed miserably.
I found it a few years ago on the internet while I was running XP and gave it a go just to see what it was like. Needless to say, it's not very functional. Half the functions didn't work because of how ancient it is, and it was real cumbersome to operate. Plus, it only supports a 256 color pallets.

#82 +FiB3R

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:23

So I thought I'd give Classic Shell a shot, but it removes the ability to press start, and start typing, so that is a no go for me.

#83 +FiB3R

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:54

So I thought I'd give Classic Shell a shot, but it removes the ability to press start, and start typing, so that is a no go for me.

Can be changed in the settings. **** knows why it isn't the default.

So, Classic Shell, you are getting a second chance. I've got some serious rearranging to do though. :/

#84 B0mberman

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 00:59

nice piece of software OP. Also, for some reason i'm waching your videos on youtube Andrea, your voice is strangely very calming :o

#85 Max Norris

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:07

Yes,I looked it up on Wikipidia but I don't think it will work on Windows 7,Windows 8 or Windows XP. It could mess up the system if I tried to install it.

Just for giggles and idle curiosity I went and installed Bob on Windows 7. One of my x86 test machines as this is a 16 bit program. I was surprised to see it actually more or less still works. Had to make a couple of adjustments to get it to run but it does work. Cropped off of three monitors and scaled way down, but you get the idea. If it runs on 7 it'll probably run on 8 too, and no reason why it shouldn't on XP.. not that I'd recommend using something that old, even if you were interested in it.

That said, I'll still take Metro any day over this ;)

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#86 Detection

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:56

Well UAC must depend on IE to work. So when you uninstall IE UAC goes too. You try it for yourself. But I am glad that UAC is gone I don't want it on my computer. It is very annoying like Smart Screen which I have also disabled. Andrea Borman.


Or you could just turn UAC off like a normal person would

#87 Dot Matrix

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:58

Well UAC must depend on IE to work. So when you uninstall IE UAC goes too. You try it for yourself. But I am glad that UAC is gone I don't want it on my computer. It is very annoying like Smart Screen which I have also disabled. Andrea Borman.


UAC is also a critical system security feature. You can turn it off in Vista and to a lesser extent in Windows 7, but in Windows 8 you cannot, and it is not recommended to do so.

#88 Andrea Borman

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:59

Or you could just turn UAC off like a normal person would


Of course I turned off UAC, but it got uninstalled with Internet Explorer. So that's one way of getting rid of it for good. Andrea Borman.

#89 Dot Matrix

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:03

Of course I turned off UAC, but it got uninstalled with Internet Explorer. So that's one way of getting rid of it for good. Andrea Borman.


I can tell you that uninstalling IE does nothing to UAC.

Double check all the programs you have installed, I can guarantee you one of those is the offender.

Edited by ~Johnny, 02 July 2012 - 18:37.


#90 contextfree

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:31

I'd rather people spent time trying to improve Metro Start than trying to recreate the past. Imagine Metro Start with animated app rollovers and launching, super-tiles (i.e. twice the current size), mini-tiles (ala Windows Phone 8), live previews of websites, dynamic backgrounds (similar to PolarClock), keeping the taskbar constantly visible, allowing desktop apps to appear on top of the start screen, etc. I'm not saying all of those ideas are particularly good but the potential is huge.


This probably isn't quite what you mean but desktop apps can already appear on top of the start screen (if they're installed with UI Access). Try it with Task Manager or inspect.exe from the Windows SDK (which lets you inspect the UI element tree of any UI Automation-enabled apps, including immersive apps).