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Chapter 2. Using Windows XP > Styles and Consequences of Styles

2.4. Styles and Consequences of Styles

Among the new interface changes in Windows XP is the configurable visual style with which all screen elements (windows, buttons, menus, the Start menu, etc.) are shown. Users of previous versions will immediately notice the default style in Windows XP, which has a more colorful, cartoony feel than the “classic” style more common to previous releases.

Unfortunately, many of the new interface changes in Windows XP, such as the new style, are turned on by default. This causes several problems. First, these changes widen the knowledge gap between novices, unaware of the ability or means to modify their environment, and experienced Windows users, who will most likely restore Windows XP to the " classic” interface within minutes of installation. Second, seasoned Windows users will avoid Windows XP for fear of being “stuck” with the new interface. Third, less-experienced users who read technical documentation, such as this book, may be confused by the reference to screen elements that do not appear on their systems.


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