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Get XP to do Windows 7 Tricks

by tubaloth / November 3, 2008 6:50 AM PST

As most of you probably have watched the Windows 7 Demo a couple of times now. I'm trying to see if there are programs out there that can do something similar to those features.
You can post any program that well copy the functionality of Windows 7 you want.
The one I'm looking for is to change the Task bar buttons to just have the Icons. (so the icons would stay just no more text) I'm actually kind of surprised nobody has though of this before?
Do you know of a program that can do this, or any of the windows 7 tweaks?

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They have
by Jimmy Greystone / November 3, 2008 7:53 AM PST

They have thought of the taskbar thing. It's called The Dock, and it's been in Mac OS X since the beginning, and dates back even further to NeXTStep, a company and Unix flavor that Steve Jobs came up with after being ousted from Apple.

There are programs for Windows to mimic this functionality, but now that Apple has a patent on The Dock, their future is rather uncertain.

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Objectdock
by SerengetiValley / November 3, 2008 10:56 PM PST

This may be what you are looking for, if I understand your question correctly. It appears to be be free.
http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/

CAUTION: Use at your own risk! I've never used this program, and don't know if it is stable or reliable.

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Sorry...
by tubaloth / November 4, 2008 5:08 AM PST
In reply to: Objectdock

I'm not sure if you guys have seen the new Windows 7.

In windows 7, the programs on your taskbar are programs you are currently running. (I'm not talking about the quick Launch bar which you can START programs.

The programs you guys are talking about from Mac is one that you use to Launch programs. Thats not what I am looking for.
What I am looking for is a program that takes the programs that are running on my taskbar and instead of showing all the text with them, it shows just the icon.

Does this Exists?

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Since Windows 7 is not even in Beta yet,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 4, 2008 5:16 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry...

are you sure there will be anything available for any older OSs?

Surely it is ''early days'.

The other thing of course is that Windows 7 is a complete re-write from OS's like Windows XP, although it is a development of Windows Vista. So trying to get XP to behave like Windows 7 is likely to be nigh on impossible. It is even difficult to morph XP into Vista like graphics without major changes to the OS, and those changes tend to be one-way only. Anything goes wrong and you are unlikely to be able to turn the clock back to return to standard XP.

So I think you are hoping for too much at this stage.

And by the way, I would guess most of us have seen demos of Windows 7.

Mark

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Yeah
by Jimmy Greystone / November 4, 2008 6:34 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry...

Yeah, that's what The Dock does. It's both a launcher and program switcher. Go use a floor model Mac system at a Best Buy or similar type store, you'll see what I mean.

Microsoft rarely has an original idea. Probably 75% of all the "innovations" it puts into products came from Apple. The majority of the remaining 25% came from some little company Microsoft bought, that only a handful of people have ever heard of. Every now and then they do have an original thought that goes into a product, but it's exceedingly rare.

So if you ever take a look at the major inspiration for Windows, Apple's Mac OS X, you'll usually find all the same features, only done properly.

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