My biggest beef, at least with vista? Managing network connections. They buried it.As stated, getting to the control panel is simple in W7. There are many ways to do it. Click start, type "cont" and press enter. You can do that in less than 1 second. Or, just click the start menu, then click "control panel". Bam, two clicks. Or, have your control panel pinned to the taskbar. Bam, one click whenever you need it.
Ya..you know, or you could just double click on the document. Or, if it's recent, you open the start menu, go to Recent Items, and click on it.
It's also awesome how you can pin individual documents to it's parent program icon permanently. Say you're working with a .psd for Photoshop, and it's gonna take you at least 3 days to finish the project. Instead of having to click the program, then going to file>open and searching through folders for the .psd every time you open Photoshop, you can just right click the Photoshop icon, click your pinned document, and bam, the program starts with that document open. Once you're finally done with your whole project and you're no longer needing to use that specific file on a regular basis, just unpin the document from the right click menu. So basically, it's this: in the old system you'd have 1 click to open the program, then a 2nd click on the "File" menu, then another click to select "Open", then however-many more clicks to search through folders to get to the file. So that will be 4 clicks at the least, maybe more depending on how many folders you have to go through. Or, you could click the program to open it, then click "File", go down to the recent docs option, then click your document. That's still 3 clicks. The newer method is 1 right click, then another click on the pinned document to open it and its parent program. Bam, only 2 clicks. All the while, the document remains safe in it's actual location.
I think this new bar is light years ahead of the previous offerings.
Same shit, different gui. If GUI enhancements actually provided something new, I may not bitch as loudly about how many times they make radical changes to the GUI.