Make Win XP More Like Win 98
I upgraded from Win 98 SE
to Win XP and although XP seems more
robust, the fonts and
general appearance of my applications and the
desktop do not have the
clarity and contrast of Windows 98 SE. Also
some of the items that
were easy to find in Window 98 SE have been
"conveniently moved" and
there are even more "useful" prompts and
Any way to make it look and act more like 98 SE?
Why adapt to another
Windows GUI for no express advantage/purpose ?
Some people like the look and feel of WinXP; it
certainly is trying to take advantage of the larger resolutions that
people are typically using these days; Win 95/98 was designed in an era
when a majority of users were running screens in 640x480 resolution on
14 or 15" monitors. Now 17" monitors running at 1024x768 are the norm,
and the Win95/98 toolbar, icons, and screen elements like minimize and
close icons can seem tiny.
Moreover, Microsoft redesigned the Start Menu and Control Panels, with
a new design that they hope will make both easier to use.
However, if you're happy with the look and feel of the 'classic'
Windows, you may find these revisions less efficient. Moreover, all the
XP 'eye candy' take processor power; turn them off and you'll find your
system feels faster.
Some things to do:
You can mix and match these changes, choosing to keep those Win XP
interface features that you like, while restoring the Windows-Classic
features that you prefer. Personally, I use an old-style Start Menu and
Control Panel, and have restored icons to my Desktop and a QuickLaunch
Toolbar, while keeping Win XP-style large, rounded window bars and
- Open the display properties, either by right-clicking
on the Desktop and picking Properties, or by double-clicking the
Display icon in Control Panel. Go to the Appearance tab and click on the Effects button. Experiment with the
various options including turning off transition effects for menu and
tooltips, using large icons, using shadows under menus, and showing
window contents while dragging.
- In that Appearance tab, set the Windows and Buttons option to Windows Classic, and make the font
- In the Desktop
tab, click on Customize Desktop
and restore all those standard icons to the Desktop: My Computer,
Recycle Bin, etc.
- In the Themes
tab, select the Windows Classic
- Right-click on the Taskbar. Make sure the [ x ] Lock the Taskbar option is
unchecked, then add the QuickLaunch
Toolbar if desired. Click on Properties.
- Turning off the [ x
] Group similar Taskbar icons option will restore the
Win98-style Taskbar behaviour. Turning off the [ x ] Hide Inactive Icons option
will give you back the Win98-style clutter in the system tray in the
lower-right corner. (Personally, I consider both of these XP options
improvements over the earlier style).
- Click on the Start
Menu tab; you can choose to restore the Windows Classic-style
- Open the Control
Panel. In the left-hand column, you'll see the option to Switch to Classic View. If you
choose this, it changes to Switch to
Category View. Using the View
menu's Folder Options menu
item, you can get rid of the left-hand column by selecting to use Windows Classic Folders