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Windows experiences and tips

Whoever works with any flavour of Windows encounters a number of problems and an even greater number of annoyances. The user interface is not consistent at all, a lot of stuff is missing, system documentation does not exist etc. She or he also develops preferences for tools and utilities. I have now used Windows 3.x, 95, NT 4, W2K, W7 and finally W10. Most of the experience I have collected in a local help database on my system, but some tips may be of broader interest.

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Windows 95 … 10

[To top/bottom of page] Valuable sources of information

In the good old days of main frames there were system programmers, now zillions of so called Personal Computer users do the same thing over and over: hunt problems, fix bugs, download updates, install new hardware (because programmer's discipline is a foreign word to MS) etc.

Windows users spend at least 20% of their time with dragon fights. This is our money directly going into the pocket of BG. Fortunately some generous peers provide information for free:

[To top/bottom of page] Squeeze out what's in already

Did you know, that Windows 95 and its successors (at least until Win7) are not that bad at all?

[To top/bottom of page] Enhance File Explorer

Since 2014 I use xplorer² as a replecement for the Windows File Explorer.

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[To top/bottom of page] Tips and tricks

[To top/bottom of page] Utilities

Some of these utilities are used very often

Homegrown utilities


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