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  1. #11


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I have a bunch of icons on my desktop in both Win 7 and Win 8 but if you look at my desktop you won't see a single icon, my desktop is completely blank because I have the option to show desktop icons turned off. I then create a desktop toolbar on my Taskbar that I can use to view my desktop icons in a menu.

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  2. #12


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    DISM is the biggest pro for Win 8 IMO. Can be made to look and act pretty much like 7 and boot straight to desktop. It is less of a resource hog also.
    ??? I did a search on DISM, but still don't understand what it is. Maybe it creates an image of Win 8?

    Methinks we need a list of acronyms so when someone abbreviates, the rest of us can look it up.
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  3. #13


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I have a bunch of icons on my desktop in both Win 7 and Win 8 but if you look at my desktop you won't see a single icon, my desktop is completely blank because I have the option to show desktop icons turned off. I then create a desktop toolbar on my Taskbar that I can use to view my desktop icons in a menu.
    O K, sounds kinda like the Quick Launch Bar I created on my Taskbar. Other than Quick Launch, nothing is pinned to my Taskbar either.

    Are there instructions somewhere for what you have?
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  4. #14


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    DISM is the biggest pro for Win 8 IMO. Can be made to look and act pretty much like 7 and boot straight to desktop. It is less of a resource hog also.
    ??? I did a search on DISM, but still don't understand what it is. Maybe it creates an image of Win 8?

    Methinks we need a list of acronyms so when someone abbreviates, the rest of us can look it up.
    Here ya go: DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8[1]=Performance%20Maintenance
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I have a bunch of icons on my desktop in both Win 7 and Win 8 but if you look at my desktop you won't see a single icon, my desktop is completely blank because I have the option to show desktop icons turned off. I then create a desktop toolbar on my Taskbar that I can use to view my desktop icons in a menu.
    O K, sounds kinda like the Quick Launch Bar I created on my Taskbar. Other than Quick Launch, nothing is pinned to my Taskbar either.

    Are there instructions somewhere for what you have?
    Toolbars are easy to create. Some just require a checkmark. Anyway, for the Desktop Toolbar
    1. right click your Taskbar
    2. hover your mouse over Toolbars
    3. put a check in front of Desktop


    Now you can see everything on your Desktop by clicking the on your toolbar
    As well as having a clear desktop for a nice background.

    Whenever you send something to Desktop, it will automatically be added there at the bottom. Once in awhile you may want to right click the list and Sort by Name
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  6. #16


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Another very useful Toolbar for use in Win 8 is a "Programs" Toolbar:

    1. Right click on Taskbar
    2. Hover over Toolbars
    3. Select New Toolbar
    4. Navigate to %Programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    5. Highlight Programs folder
    6. Click Select Folder

    You'll then have a Programs menu that will list all of the Programs that are installed on your computer.
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  7. #17


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Another very useful Toolbar for use in Win 8 is a "Programs" Toolbar:

    1. Right click on Taskbar
    2. Hover over Toolbars
    3. Select New Toolbar
    4. Navigate to %Programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    5. Highlight Programs folder
    6. Click Select Folder

    You'll then have a Programs menu that will list all of the Programs that are installed on your computer.
    Wowwwwwww, I do like that! It's as good as, or maybe even better than my Quick Launch Bar!

    I've just begun to explore, but it looks like I can get to EVERYTHING on my computer from there. Wow!
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  8. #18


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    Vascillate


    Hi Wynonna
    You said in a few words what I was struggling with. Who cares about the Joneses and being techy. I want my machine to do what it is supposed to and run well. I lost a few programs to get Win 8 like Bluetooth.
    I would be better off with Win 7 on both pcs and am leaning that way.
    Peter
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  9. #19


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,585
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    ... I lost a few programs to get Win 8 like Bluetooth. ...Peter
    Can you elaborate? What do you mean that you lost Bluetooth? Bluetooth is alive and well on my Win 8 machines.
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  10. #20


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    advisor


    When I moved from Win 7 which came installed on my pc to Win 8 I ran the advisor which told me I would lose some features and Bluetooth was one of them.
    After attaining Win 8, the programs it told me I would lose, was accurate.
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