- Add or Remove Programs
- Control Panel
- Recycle Bin
- Royale Theme
- Windows Explorer
- Windows Update
1996 was when my family got our first PC. It had Windows 95, which made the Windows 3.1 PCs at my school feel like a bygone age. In 2001 we got a new PC with Windows XP. It was immediately familar but better presented. Controls now had hover effects. It felt like what Windows 95 should have been.
But recent (2007) programs released in Windows XP don’t fit in with it, imho. They aren’t respecting conventions which have kept Windows a safe and familiar place for over a decade.
I haven’t used Vista much, apart from clicking through a pointless security alert when asking IE7 to View Source in Notepad. If Microsoft and third parties want experimental interfaces in Vista, that’s fine by me. But please don’t ruin XP.