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Windows version with best icon/graphic style

Icon/graphic style   45 members have voted

  1. 1. Which Windows version has the best icon/graphic style in your opinion?

    • Windows 3.1
      1
    • Windows 95
      1
    • Windows 98/ME
      8
    • Windows 2000
      3
    • Windows XP
      4
    • Windows Vista
      8
    • Windows 7
      20

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Mine's actually Windows 95, as I just like the 16-color Windows Classic style. I wonder how many people agree with me!

I just noticed that there was a separate subforum for polls. Please move! :)

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While I've been a big fan of Windows Classic for years, and always used it in XP and even Vista, I really like Windows 7's GUI. The icons, the windows... it's all very nice. Shiny. :)

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Longhorn's icons are the best, in my opinion.

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I voted for 3.1 because icons and style aren't important.

GL

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I chose Windows 2000. I seem to remember it being cool when it came out. I never really cared that much otherwise. I don't use icons on my desktop or anything.

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Windows 7

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hmm maybe i should choose 2000 cause i like the classic style but i like newer icons from vista and win7

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i like mostly the glossy transformation pack of following

vista & 7 for xp

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My choice isn't in that list :o

My favourite icon style is from Windows NT 4.0 (with the high colour icons enabled) .... these icons also appeared on Windows 95 if you install the Plus Pack and are in COOL.DLL from Windows 95 with Plus Pack or SHELL32.DLL from Windows NT 4.0

If I HAVE to chose something from that list, it'll be the ME/2000 icons, as I like the look of them far better than the 98 ones.

To be honest, the above choices need to be change from Windows 98/ME and Windows 2000 to Windows 98 and Windows ME/2000 as ME/200 had the same graphical style throughout (right from the Web view in Explorer down to the icons)

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I loved the silver/blue feel to both Windows ME and Windows 2000.

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I voted for Windows 98/ME, but that's only because Windows ME didn't have it's own category. I find it insulting to Windows ME users such as myself that we don't get our own category, when in fact Windows ME is closer to Windows 2000 in appearance (icons and menus and such), than it is to Windows 98. As a matter of fact, I hate that pile of steaming, unstable cr@p Windows 98, because it's the worst OS I ever used. Windows 2000 was a piece of junk too. Naysayers can kiss my Windows ME butt. (Sorry if this is rude, but I'm tired of all the Windows ME hatred and ignorance... didn't even get my own box to choose... so yeah, my anger is justified.)

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I won't slam Windows ME, but I don't know how you could say Windows 2000 Professional was junk by comparison. It was probably THE MOST STABLE version of Microsoft Windows ever produced. SP3 onwars was quite mature and worked VERY WELL. Whereas, I had lots of stability issues with ME on more than one machine. I had good luck with it, but it's plain denial to say Windows ME was without serious issues.

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Uh, I was trying to be friendly and definitely I'm not adheriong to mob mentality. But are you saying that you'd even ignore Micorosoft's own admission that ME had problems? I'm not saying don't be happy using it, but you seem really cheesed that other users had legitimate issues with the OS. That's not the users' faults, is it?

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ME graphics and sounds, but going further back, things seems decent enough.

98 is always a crowd pleaser, because it had all those themes.

Of course 95 had Bob fedora GUI, which came in various HP or Compaq ( I forget which one ) machines. I remember those days when using the 95 machines felt like using the OSX machines, and was a magical experience.

Windows XP was probably the most terrible in your face GUI, but it is more sustainable then Vista with the right tweaks.

What I really would like to know who are the people who worked on most of the icons.

Windows 7, 8, etc all feel lost.

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Sorry I was rude to you Jody T.... I was in a real bad mood yesterday.

You're points are correct. I shouldn't dismiss other folks legitimate grievances with Windows ME. Oh well... nothing I can do about that now.

I feel lost on newer stuff. I used "some" version of Office at a printing shop while doing a resume... couldn't figure out what the hieroglyphics did. I thought Word 6 on Windows 3.1 was sufficient. Maybe I'm behind the times.

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Oh I get the gripes with Office. See, I detest the ribbon interface, so I don't ever want to upgrade past my current Office 2003 installation. Office 2007/2010/2013 leave me cold. And the Office365 initiative is not attractive to me at all.

In fact, I would stay with Office 2003 if it weren't for security issues not being patched or maintained past April 2014. I have a REALLY nice system right now 7 GB of RAM, XP x64 Edition and Office/Outlook 2003. It works flawlessly.

You made me think of Word v6 with fond memories. When I first used Windows 95, I ran Office v4.3 (16-bit) and used LFNs Now! to get long filenames to work with the old apps. I miss those simple days.

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Windows 98/ME/2000 had the same icons. In addition from the base icons carried over from Win98, like computer, folder, explorer and desktop, ME had a range of new "multimedia" ones, like scanner and my pictures, following the very same style. ME and 2000 has more in common graphically than ME with 98. I prefer the 98's icons, but 2000's blue color scheme, and in particular the Tahoma font. MS Sans Serif looks rough and unfinished in comparison.

"Themes" are a distinctly separate product. But the 9x themes were alright too. One could easily tell what the objects represented on those icons were meant to be.

The XP style icons (including Office 2003) lacked definition, and were legible only on ultra sharp LCDs, which at the time when XP came out the majority of people didn't have.

Beginning with XP, icons also started to grow in unreasonable size wasting precious memory. Windows 98 had the largest icons as 48*48*256 (10 kB per icon), enough to display on the XP "tile" view. A large part of XP's shell32.dll is huge icons (30 kB), and some 3rd party applications like Nero had 256 pixel true color icons (512 kB for one icon), prompting UpdatePack.NL's "lite" releases to edit them out to keep the exectutable sizes in check. This nonsense was started by Windows XP and continued by Vista, which added support for those sizes. I suppose it is impossible to have photographic icons at low resolution, but I would argue that "drawn" style is most appropriate for an icon anyway.

This XP graphical refreshment, including blurred icons and the Luna theme, was the worst addition they made to Windows NT 5 (2000), which makes me reluctant to describe XP as the best system. A footnote seems required, describing that I am really talking about NT 5.

Windows Seven icons once again regained definition through darkened borders for most shapes. I've not looked at Windows Eight (2012) much. What I saw was totally flat. The system for some reason treats the screen as if it was a printed sheet, where only simple vector shapes can be output. But it will pass. Styles will change, and Metro will be rendered obsolete and denounced. Just wait and see.

windows-98-vs-xp-icons.png

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Windows Me has amazing sounds, but I like vista's design. The eye candy possesses me :w00t:

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