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Which Windows shell is better?
MS-DOS Executive (Windows 1.x, 2.x) 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Program Manager (Windows 3.x, NT 3.xx) 24%  24%  [ 8 ]
Windows Explorer (Windows 95 and up) 38%  38%  [ 13 ]
Windows Explorer w/ IE (Windows 98+) 35%  35%  [ 12 ]
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 PostPost subject: Which Windows shell is better?        Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 10:45 am 
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 1:08 pm 
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I added a 4th option for the 'Active' Explorer shell.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 8:57 pm 
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Out of those that come with Windows, the Explorer. But actually it's Emerge Desktop.


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Program Manager!!!!!

I mean, once you're done with a program, you go BACK to that program's group, rather than having to open a million menus from the Start icon. Plus, all that nostalgia and original ideas of Microsoft.

Now, Windows Chicago's Explorer (from 73g primarily) had a beautiful Explorer with three buttons. If they kept that same concept (you know, made it usable), it would have been even better than the Windows 95 Explorer.

The reason I love it the most is customization of the taskbar, unlike in future Explorer shells, where all you can do is either Hide the clock (like who does that?), Auto-Hide the explorer (why hide everything? are they embarrassed by it?), Always on Top (again, not really customization), and yeah.

With the 73g shell, you got to display the taskbar as either a task-switching tool, or as a folder of shortcuts (kinda like Quick Launch with Windows 98). Then, you could put the taskbar WHEREVER you wanted. Either docked to the side of a window, or as a window. All-in-all, Chicago 73g's shell was my favorite shell of all. That's why I want it in my Windows AlphaBetas OS, tweaked to its perfection.



That was long. lol. But yeah, Program Manager / Chicago 73g Cabinet for the win.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:48 am 
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Windows Explorer without IE. Including IE was bad idea :P


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 3:46 am 
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I prefer the 2000 Explorer. No annoying XP side menu, while having the built-in search dialog (unlike 95/98).

Outside of Windows, my favorite is KDE, although not with the default style (I customized it to work a lot like OS/2 Warp 4's Workspace Shell, but with KDE's modern/UNIX-friendly applets, and Beryl instead of Kwin).


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I still like Program Manager :)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 11:42 am 
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I like program manager as it was most customizable. outside of windows, I use a highley customized GNOME shell, which I tweaked and hacked my self.

troy, From reading your description about chicago's shell, it sounds pretty interesting. I was just never able to succesfully instal it.


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Programm-Manager from NT 3.51.

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I prefer Calmira II for Windows 3.11 - it's localized in many languages!
In Win95 - normal shell without IE
In Win98 - shell with IE - with newer IE there are many errors, when IE is reinstalled Win98 hangs. If computer isn't connected to Internet, it's not needed to reinstall IE5.

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You might take the fact into consideration that IE5/6 also includes many updated Windows DLLs and the like, so even if you're not connected to the net at all, it might help to have the newest IE installed as some programs might need the newer DLLs that come with it.


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I voted for Windows Explorer without IE. IE wasn't a good move.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 11:36 pm 
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Program Manager.
In Windows 3.11 it's better with Calmira shell, in NT 3.51 you can use NewShell update which add Windows NT4/95 style.

@MCbx, I translated Calmira LFN to Polish but I don't know where I left the source code 8) I have to search old HDDs later...


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