If you use Windows 7 for any length of time you will notice that it is very slick and mostly works well, that Windows Explorer now has an annoying bug that sometimes makes the current directory jump to the bottom of the screen when you click to expand it, that the search system has been made unusable, that the Start menu has been changed for the worse, and that the Shut Down button has been redesigned in a way that makes it easy inadvertently to turn off your computer when you want to restart it. XP was easier to use, but if you need 64-bit you need 7 and it’s the current PC standard. Searching Microsoft’s support forums reveals that MSFT refuses to do anything about the Explorer bug, and helpfully suggests that users learn a complex syntax of DOS-like commands in order to use a search system that once required nothing more than checking boxes and typing search terms into clearly labeled search fields. This is not progress but I digress (or maybe regress as MSFT seems to be doing). What to do?
Classic Shell is a free, open-source utility that appears to solve most of Win 7’s UI problems by reverting the bad parts to pre-7 functionality. It makes the Start menu, search etc. work as they did when Windows worked. I am not certain but I think that it also corrects the Explorer bug.
My one caution is that I’ve only been using CS for a week and therefore might be missing something, but so far so good. Check it out.