Make Windows 7 Look Like Vista or 2000

About: I am an engineering student in the midwest. in my spare time, which become increasingly non-existent, I enjoy cooking, fixing things of mine, and wasting time on this website of course!

Windows 7 is a great new operating system, but some people may not be comfortable with the new interface or the taskbar. I will show you how to quickly and simply configure your computer to look like Windows Vista or Windows 2000.

Step 1: Unpin Everything

Unpin all the programs and files from the taskbar. Do this by right-clicking the taskbar icon and selecting unpin.

Step 2: To Make It Look Like Vista

Right-click the taskbar and go into its properties. Check the Use small icons box. Set taskbar buttons to Never combine. Apply these settings and you should get a taskbar pretty much like Vista's.

Step 3: To Make It Look Like 2000

Keep the settings of the previous step. Now, go into Control Panel and select Change the theme under the Appearance and Personalization menu. Select the Windows Classic theme. Now it should seem like Windows 2000.



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    3 years ago

    Guys need windows key can go site to got. My key got here and after i used is works properly. Hope can help you.

    Sorry for the delay. I did some Googling and found this website with a bit of useful info:


    Reply 4 years ago

    Do you mean there's no color gradient in the upper window title? Or do you mean you can't get one of these settings to take effect?


    Reply 4 years ago

    Yeah. Here in the pic where is says "color 2" Would AVG PC Tune Up have something to do with it not being enabled?

    I'm not entirely sure how to fix this. Maybe you can go into the properties of this particular theme. I am on Windows 8.1 so I can't look at it myself at the moment.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I meant for it to be a simple guide to get back to the classic styling of Windows for those accustomed to it. Since Windows 8 has no options to do that directly anymore, I've grown used to the weird new interface.