Ideas Before Their Time

It seems that with a lot of inventions, ideas, etc. there’s always a precursor. For example, xcompmgr was basically the precursor to what we now know as Compiz Fusion. So I was loading up an old Windows 2000 box with the latest of my favorite open source software, 😀 when I happened to notice something: there’s a lot of features in Windows 2000 that got dropped in XP, but reappeared in Vista. Only they were implemented better. (If you want to call it that 😛 )

Ok, so what the heck am I talking about? In Windows 2000 if you single clicked on an image in the My Pictures folder you would get a little interactive preview thing

This was a feature that was dropped in XP, only to reappear in Vista (not exactly the same, but very close)

Same goes for audio files. Single click on an audio file in Windows 2000 and it brings up a little Windows Media Player plug-in type thing right in Explorer


Yet another feature that was dropped in XP only to pop up again in Vista


Finally, when pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete in Windows 2000 it brings up a screen with a bunch of options on it.


Yet again, it’s not present in XP, but came back with Vista


So, where did these features go in XP? Was it as simple as a feature that was before its time?

Just thought that this was interesting. I’m now sitting back at my Linux box. Home sweet home 😉


4 thoughts on “Ideas Before Their Time”

  1. The picture preview is in XP. Just make sure the option at “Win-Pause/Break” > “Advanced tab” > “Performance settings” > “Visual effects” > “Use common tasks in folders” is on. See it at here:
    The third thing (the Ctrl-Alt-Del thing) is still in XP. I think it is controlled by the option in “user accounts” > “change the way users log on or off” > “use the welcome screen”. If you disable the welcome screen you can use Ctrl-Shift-Esc to go straight to the task manager.

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