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  1. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Fighting my way thru the annoyances introduced in XP...

    In Windows Explorer, in Win2K, in a directory "details" view, I see
    the actual tiny icons associated with each file type.

    In WinXP I only see one of Billy's crap shapes.

    How do I get to a Win2K view?


    ...Jim Thompson
  2. Guest

    Click View, then click Details?
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Did that, get a standard details list EXCEPT the icon thumbnails are
    not right.

    ...Jim Thompson
  4. Don Bowey

    Don Bowey Guest

    If I understand what you want, do this:

    1. Right click on the "Start" button, then select "Classic Start Menu."
    Click "OK" to depart.

    2. From the Start Menu, select Settings then Control Menu, which will open.

    3. Open "Folder Options," and Select: use Windows classic folders, and
    select: Open each folder in its own window.

    I believe this will undo all the twinky Microsoft, kiddy formatting.

  5. Don Bowey

    Don Bowey Guest

  6. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Heed Don's advice and switch to the "classic" display format. It makes
    it all look like you never switch to a more "modern" system. But it does
    not reduce the number of new type crashes :-(

    Regards, Joerg
  7. qrk

    qrk Guest

    If I remember correctly, you need to hit two places, possibly a third.

    1. Right-click on the task bar, select properties. Fish around and you
    will find something to make the GUI behave like Win2k. While you're in
    there, you might want to enable "Display Administrative Tools" and
    disable "Use Personalized Menus". Enabled personalized menus causes
    the pull-down menus to only partially show, a major annoyance! If you
    use M$ Office stuff, you can also turn off this collapsed menu
    behavior in the Office (Tools|Customize|Options|Menus show recently
    used commands first).

    2. In Windoze Explorer, there is stuff in Tools|Folder Options that
    you can set for a less cluttered look. You should also disable "Hide
    extensions for known file types". A fine option to maximize opening
    something evil!

    3. Right click in a blank area of your desktop and select properties.
    You can change stuff in the appearance tab to various canned
    appearances or customize it your liking.

    Another hidden tip, if you want Windoze Explorer to go to a certain
    directory when you open Exploder, you can put the following switches
    in the Target line:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,/select,e:\DL

    The last part, "e:\DL" specifies that it will view the root of the E:
    drive and highlight the DL directory. If you want to hop into the DL
    directory, just hit the Enter key.
  8. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Hi Mark,

    Done all that, but small icons to left of file names (in directory
    listing) are not correct.

    ...Jim Thompson
  9. Guest

    Format the C: drive and install Windows 2000 already.

    (cheesy grin)

    ~ One Happy Madman
  10. You might want to download Powertoys for XP. I believe there is a
    utility that will rebuild the Icon store if is corrupt.

    Download TweakUI.exe
    Run and select the bottom item to repair Explorers Icons.

  11. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I tell you, I'm tempted ;-)

    But these new boxes come with hardware tied to the OS. So it's
    another form of nightmare to get it all working.

    With my old Sony laptop, delivered with WinME, I redid it as Win2K.
    Took me two months to get the audio and video to work right :-(

    ...Jim Thompson
  12. Guest

    Well, give it a shot anyway, as long as you have the System Restore
    CDs. (Or System Restore hidden partition on the HP machines.)

    If it's a comms box only, maybe try Fedora Core 4 Linux?
  13. John G

    John G Guest

    Are all the icons you see the same? If so could you copy one to
    somewhere so we could look at it because I do not remember any place
    where you can change that.
  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,

    I saved myself that ordeal and cajoled Dell into configuring the PC
    before the last one for Win2k. It took some convincing and I had to pay
    an extra $100 but it was well worth it. They said I was the first
    non-gvt customer with such a "strange" request.

    With the next one they said it's impossible, for the very reasons you
    mentioned above. Might not be worth the effort just to find out that the
    graphics chips or whatever won't run properly because nobdoy ever wrote
    a 2k driver for it.

    Crash rates when using pretty much full time: XP machine about 2/day, 2k
    machine 0.5/day, DOS machine zero/day. What a progress :-(

    Regards, Joerg
  15. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    That was one of my first downloads for this box.

    But that only works on the Desktop.

    What I'm seeing is all files of type .ico show an icon like a piece of
    paper with an orange square inside an outlining square.

    In Win2K you saw the actual icon representation.

    ...Jim Thompson
  16. Maybe the ico file is allready registered as a file type. Some new
    graphics programs do edit ico files now. Maybe some preinstalled
    software is on that box.
    That is if I understand that only your .ico files have the wrong icon.
    What does the ico file open up in when doubled clickd?
    Can you right click and Preview?

    For example, my system, ico files are associated with MS Visual studio.
    But they are displayed properly.

  17. Robert

    Robert Guest

    The hard way is to go to Windows Explorer and choose "folder options" under
    the Tool menu. Then click on the "file types" tab and scroll down until you
    see (or type the first letter of the file type) the file type you want to
    change the icon for.

    Click on it and choose the "advanced" button. In the next box will be an
    option to "change Icon" but you might have to look around for the files that
    contain the icons you want.

  18. Roy L. Fuchs

    Roy L. Fuchs Guest

    I am soooo surprised that ANTONY, our resident EXPERT hasn't chimed
    in with the right answer. (now the asswipe will say he was waiting
    for me to help you out).

    You know what, plonktard? I am not going to waste my time on you.
  19. Guest

    Joerg skrev:
    what the hell are you doing to make XP so ustable?, I have a standard
    Dell box at
    work with winxp-pro it never crashes, current uptime is 23 days. and
    its usually running at 100% load with synthesis, par or sims when not
    used with several different usb and parallel port programmers/debuggers

  20. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    You are assuming that the restore CDs will restore the system. I wouldn't
    trust it. On a desk top machine, I'd go buy a new hard disk, unmount the
    XP one and put linux on the new one. That way in the unlikely event that
    you actually want to go back to XP, you can do it with a screw driver.

    This way Bill Gates will never know.
    I'm using SuSE 9.3-64, the only problem I have with it is that they no
    longer include the "Billy Basher" game. It was a fun "wack a mole" like
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