Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 22:49 UTC
Windows For weeks - if not months - I've been trying to come up with a way to succinctly and accurately explain why, exactly, Windows 8 rubs me the wrong way, usability-wise. I think I finally got it.
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RE[2]: um
by Laurence on Tue 15th May 2012 09:33 UTC in reply to "RE: um"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Thom, your article is slightly inaccurate as it deduces that the the traditional desktop shell is not an application when in fact it is (it's just explorer.exe).

In fact you used to be able to change what app to use as the shell quite easily in system.ini (change the value "shell").

[edit]

After a quick google it seems you can still replace explorer.exe as the shell even on Win7. The setting is now in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Edited 2012-05-15 09:38 UTC

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RE[3]: um
by henderson101 on Tue 15th May 2012 13:40 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

exactly what I'd already said - 'cept yours was the "concise" version.. ;)

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RE[4]: um
by Laurence on Tue 15th May 2012 15:01 in reply to "RE[3]: um"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

exactly what I'd already said - 'cept yours was the "concise" version.. ;)

Ah sorry, didn't spot your comment in threaded view.

For what it's worth, you got more up votes anyway ;)

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RE[3]: um
by contextfree on Wed 16th May 2012 12:29 in reply to "RE[2]: um"
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2009-06-01

Regardless, the new Start screen, charms, etc. can't be a replacement for explorer.exe because they are part of explorer.exe. They are not a new shell, but rather just a set of new features added to the existing shell.

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