Is there a way to completely replace Windows 7 explorer and taskbar by its XP counterparts?
I don't mean only the look but a real replace (maybe by replacing parts of the 7 system by files from XP) because some properties of explorer and taskbar in Windows 7 seem to be impossible to change just by provided options.
Why I want that:
The Win 7 superbar always glues together icons of windows of the same application, e.g. all icons of explorer windows (switching grouping in taskbar properties doesn't help). For XP/Vista there is external software (e.g. Taskbar Shuffle) which allows to reorder taskbar icons freely. This software doesn't work on Win 7.
Similar problem: The software Virtuawin allows to have multiple desktops and switch between them. It can store and recreate taskbar order between desktops with XP/Vista but not with Win 7 (by the way: I wrote the initial code for reading icon order from taskbar for Virtuawin).
The reason for both is that previously taskbars were built using stock Windows controls and detecting the order (and reordering) of icons on it was simple. This doesn't apply to the superbar and Microsoft didn't provide a useful API for it.
In Win 7 explorer the change of security settings of a file needs more mouse clicks because in the file properties the settings are only shown but need additional clicks to really modify them. That becomes annoying if you change the settings more often.
The tree view in explorer seems to never have a horizontal scroll bar even if needed (but maybe I have overseen a setting in this case).
Moreover the fold/unfold icons in tree view (small triangles or +/- signs in classic skin) vanish as soon as the mouse cursor leaves the tree. Seems to be unimportant but it drives me crazy because I'm used to first look at the target where I want to click on and then move the mouse cursor to this location.
The latter two can be solved by an external tool like e.g. Explorer++ but it would be nice to work with the integrated explorer instead (I haven't tested yet how Explorer++ integrates with TortoiseSVN).