May 13, 2011

How to make Windows 7 look at its best

This is the first screen you see after installing Windows 7.

Nice enough? Yes but you can make it even better.
Here are the steps to make Windows 7 to look the best.

Step 1:

Right click on the IE icon and click "Unpin this program from taskbar".

Step 2:

Right click on the task bar and click "Properties".

Go to the "Start menu" tab and click "Customize". Check "don't display this item" for all the items except "Computer" and "Control panel". Un-tick as much items as possible (judge it by yourself).

Step 3:

Go to the "Taskbar" tab, tick "Use small icons". In "Taskbar buttons", choose "Combine when task bar is full"

Step 4 (Final):
Be patient, we are very close now and this is the most important step.

Right click on desktop area and click "Personalize".

In "Basic and high contrast themes", select "Windows classic". You probably need to wait for a while.

Click on the button "Window color".

Click on the "OK" button in the graphic area or select "3D Objects" in item list.
Click the box under "Color 1" and click "other".

In the dialog box, enter 234, 232, 227 in "red", "green", "blue" respectively. Click "OK".
Click "OK" on the "Window color and appearance" dialog.



It now looks cleaner and cause less eye pain. It increases system performance and report writing performance as it distracts you less.

It also reminds the glory days of Windows 2000.

Seriously, why Windows Aero theme is bad?
-It intentionally increase window border to 5 pixels just to let you know the border is semi-transparent so that it is cool. 5 pixels! you can fit a character in it.
Personally, the thick border makes me think I am using children's crayon that there is no accuracy.

-It makes the taskbar taller than it used to be, further wasting screen space. I would like to include a screen shot of Office, showing you how the ribbon on the top and the task bar on the bottom eat up 30% of the screen space. On a 16:9 display, how much space(height) is left for typing? Or does Microsoft want to promote landscape document as the next generation standard?

-The theme is like butter shortcake. On the first bite, it is tasty. When you eat more than 3 pieces, you are drown by butter.
Same is on Windows theme. When you are doing something serious enough, you do not want to be distracted by anything shiny (but useless) or hindered by the "blur and alpha blend" theme.

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