Transform Windows 7 into Windows XP (and disable some annoying features)
2013-09-03 Added: Uploaded several screenshots, below is one of them:



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The following steps were recorded when I configure my Windows 7 64-bit system. For reference only.

1. System Protection (optional)

  • Start -> Control Panel -> System -> System protection
  • System (C:), Configure..., 2% (1.20GB) (default is 3%, 1.80GB)

2. Temp Folder (optional)

  • Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings
  • Advanced -> Environment Variables...
  • Set TEMP, TMP = F:\Temp
  • Clear original files (%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp, %SystemRoot%\TEMP)

3. AutoPlay

  • Start -> Control Panel -> AutoPlay
  • Uncheck "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices"
  • Each selection remains the default "Choose a default"

  • Run "gpedit.msc"
  • User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> AutoPlay Policies -> Turn off AutoPlay -> Enabled on All drives
  • Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> AutoPlay Policies -> Turn off AutoPlay -> Enabled on All drives
  • (Refer to the search results, Shell Hardware Detection should keep active)

4. Built-in CD Burning

  • Run "gpedit.msc"
  • User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer -> Remove CD Burning features -> Enabled

5. Folder Recognition

  • Run Restore_Default_Folder_Templates.bat (Download)
  • Run All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template.bat (Same download page as above)

6. Zip Folder

  • Run "regedit"
  • Delete the following keys: (Source)
    for ZIP: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}
    for CAB: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}
    for ZIP Compressed (Win7 64-bit only): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{E88DCCE0-B7B3-11d1-A9F0-00AA0060FA31}\ShellFolder
    for CAB (Win7 64-bit only): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}\ShellFolder

7. Page File (optional)

  • Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings
  • Advanced -> Performance -> Settings... -> Advanced -> Virtual Memory -> Change...
  • Set to 2560MB on Cache (F:)
  • Restart

8. Hibernate File (optional)

  • Run "powercfg -h off" to remove hibernate file
  • Defragment System (C:)

9. Compression Software

  • Install WinRAR or 7-zip

10. Universal Theme Patcher

  • Run UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe in UniversalThemePatcher_20090409.zip
  • Restart

11. Luna Theme

  • Uncompress luna_7_2_basic_by_welovexp-d3feion.rar (Download)

/*
12. Start Button (ignore this)

  • Run "Windows 7 Start Button Changer v 2.6.exe" in "7 to XP pack.zip"
*/

13. Classic Shell

  • Run ClassicShellSetup_3_6_1.exe (Do not install Classic IE9 and Update) (Download)
  • Config

/*
14. 7+ Taskbar Tweak (ignore this)

(This software will make explorer.exe crash on system shutdown.)

  • Run 7tt_setup.exe
  • Config
*/

15. Shell Folder Fix

  • Run ShellFolderFixSetup.exe (Download)
  • Config

16. Configs

  • Config Sounds (Set to no sounds)
  • Config Windows Color
  • Config Quick Launch Bar

17. Keyboard Shortcuts Underline

  • Start -> Control Panel -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the keyboard easier to use -> Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts
  • Check "Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys" (Source)

18. Taskbar

  • Right click on taskbar -> Properties
  • Taskbar -> Taskbar buttons -> Never combine
  • Taskbar -> Uncheck "Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop"
  • Start Menu -> Uncheck two "Store and display ..." checkboxes

19. WinSAT Scheduled Task

  • Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler
  • Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Maintenance
  • Right click WinSAT, and choose "Disable"

20. Default System Fonts

  • Import the following registry file: (Source)
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;Remove Segoe UI
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]

    "Segoe UI (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Light (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)"=""

    ;Font Substitution
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

    "Segoe UI"="Tahoma"
  • Restart

21. Windows Explorer - Details Pane

  • Windows Explorer -> Organize -> Layout
  • Uncheck "Details Pane"

22. Windows Explorer - Organize Bar

  • Open Shellstyle.dll in Resource Hacker
  • Make the modifications described in How to Auto-Hide or Disable .... But at the step 5, we use -50rp instead of -28rp to permanently hide the Organize Bar. So the code will be:
    <Element padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,-50rp)"/>
  • Restart
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