Windows XP: at the ETI vs. elsewhere


As mentioned in the section How to use this tutorial, the Windows environment on the computers at the ETI might look a bit different than what you are used to seeing. This is because Windows XP has two different styles that can be used. By style in this case we mean graphical/visual style - colours, shapes of windows and buttons, fonts etc. The two styles available in Windows XP are called Windows XP and Windows Classic (we will put the styles in italics in this section to differentiate them from Windows XP the operating system, which has the same name). Windows Classic is the style that was used on versions of Windows that existed before Windows XP.


In this tutorial

Since most of you will be more familiar with the Windows XP style, the example pictures in the rest of this tutorial use this style. However, the environment at the ETI, for historical reasons, uses the Windows Classic style so when you log on to the computers in the ETI computer lab, the Desktop, Start menu, windows etc. will look a little bit different than what you are used to. Don't panic. Things just look different on the surface - the colours are a bit different, the Windows Classic windows are a bit more angular and so on, but the content of menus, windows, pop-ups etc. is the same. Note: Examples in the tutorial related directly to the ETI environment show how the screens look at the ETI.

The examples below show you the exact same item in both the Windows XP and Windows Classic styles. As you can see if you look carefully, the content is exactly the same, as are the icons and the names of the's just the 'look' that's changed.

The Start menu

Windows XP style
Windows Classic style


The My Computer window

Windows XP style


Windows Classic Style


A pop-up type window with buttons and tabs

Windows XP style
Windows Classic style

The fact that the ETI computers use a different style than what you might be used to, or that's used in the examples in this tutorial, does not mean that you can't (or shouldn't) do this tutorial on the ETI computers. In fact, it will be good practice because it will help you focus on the content of the different elements and topics that we discuss, rather than on how they look on the screen.


Changing the style

Those of you who are already a little familiar with Windows can change the style to the one that you are most familiar/comfortable with if you want to.

  • on your computer at home, go to the Start menu, then select Control Panel.
  • on an ETI computer, go to the Start menu, then Settings, then select Control Panel.
Double-click on the Display icon in the Control Panel. Select the Appearance tab in the window that appears, and then select the style that you want from the Windows and Buttons drop-down menu. When you click on Apply, you will see the style change.