Windows Classic

Like Windows XP, Windows Vista includes a user experience called Windows Classic that resembles the user interfaces that Microsoft shipped with Windows 95, 98, Me, and 2000. (It most closely resembles Windows 2000.) This interface is available on all Windows Vista product editions, including Starter Edition. Classic is included in Windows Vista primarily for businesses that don’t want to undergo the expense of retraining their employees to use the newer user experiences.

Even though Microsoft markets Windows Classic as being identical to the Windows 2000 look and feel, in fact there are numerous differences. Therefore, users will still require some training when moving from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista and Classic mode, or will need to reconfigure various Windows Classic features so the system more closely resembles Windows 2000. For example, the Start Menu and Explorer windows still retain the layouts that debuted with Windows Vista, and not the styles you might be used to in Windows 2000, although you can fix this somewhat. To use the old Start Menu, right-click the Start button and choose Properties. Then, select the option titled Classic Start Menu, and click OK. It’s a bit more complicated to use a Windows Explorer look and feel that is closer to that of Windows 2000. To do so, select Computer from the Start Menu and then press the Alt key to display the Classic menu (which is hidden by default in Windows Vista). Select Folder Options from the Tools menu to display the Folder Options dialog. Then select the option titled Use Windows classic folders and click OK. Your system should now look a lot more like Windows 2000.

If you work in the IT department of a business that is considering deploying Windows Vista, you can actually roll out a feature called Classic Mode via Group Policy (GP) that does, in fact, confi gure Windows Vista to look almost exactly like Windows 2000. Classic Mode essentially combines the Classic user experience with the secrets mentioned previously.

Source of information : Wiley Windows Vista Secrets SP1 Edition

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