XP Windows Explorer layout in Windows Vista

Posted on 2007-07-20
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
How can I display a Windows Explorer layout in Windows Vista that is the same as I had in Windows XP?  I mean the hierarchy of "Desktop,"  "My Documents," "My Computer," "My Network Places," and "Recycle" at the left of the screen that expand and allow the files in a selected (left screen) folder on the right half of the screen to be cut and pasted in a different folder on the left of the screen.  This, without having to deal with a particular user (I never have more than one), links, favorites, etc.  This may be called the "classic" windows layout.  
Question by:ryanlaw
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    Assisted Solution

    It works for me if I just right click on the start menu and goto explorer just as in XP..
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    Accepted Solution

    I'm not fond of Vista's Windows Explorer either, but have not seen any way to change it to a more user friendly version. I do place links to commonly used folders (other than Documents, Pictures, etc.) on the Desktop and that helps.

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    My explorer screen has a bunch of junk links that I don't want.  I seek to have two kinds of files: programs (and related OS data), and documents.  Pictures are documents, music is a collection of documents, etc.  I don't need or want "public(anything)," my user name, searches, "links" (except my documents, computer, network, and recycle).  I have tried to remove some of these and find that the things I want either do not appear, or, if they had been visible, they disappear.  Some come back after a reboot or other transition.  I just want it to look the way it did, and I can't make it do so.  I get the idea that the system expects to locate files by linking and searching.  Thanks for the comment, it just isn't the answer I wanted.

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