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Hate Windows 8? Make it Feel Like Windows 7 with these Tips

Let’s be completely honest up front: a lot of people dislike Windows 8. And if you’re a Microsoft perso...

Hate Windows 8? Make it Feel Like Windows 7 with these Tips

Let’s be completely honest up front: a lot of people dislike Windows 8. And if you’re a Microsoft person who hasn’t been tempted to move in the Mac direction, it’s likely that at some point you’re going to find yourself using it, like it or not.

 

Microsoft is making it increasingly difficult to get a hold of Windows 7, the operating system many people prefer. While there are still new machines running it out there, they are becoming thin on the ground. At some point, you may just have to make your peace with Windows 8.

 

 

So, what’s the solution? The best idea is to reconfigure Windows 8 to make it work as much like Windows 7 as possible! Here are five easy changes to help you do so.

 

1. Make sure you are using Windows 8.1

Microsoft made some fundamental changes to Windows 8 when it moved up to 8.1. As well as being more stable and functional than Windows 8, it’s also a little easier to persuade 8.1 to behave like Windows 7.

 

If you’ve not already done so, upgrade your system to Windows 8.1. It’s free of charge, and you’ll find the upgrade in the online Windows Store. There’s even a detailed Microsoft tutorial on the subject here, to help you along the way.

 

2. Boot straight to the desktop

One thing many people dislike about Windows 8 is the “Metro” user interface, which makes some sense on tablets and touchscreens, but doesn’t really lend itself to standard mouse and keyboard use.

 

With Windows 8.1, it’s easy to configure Windows to boot straight to the familiar desktop. Go to Taskbar and Navigation properties by right-clicking the taskbar, and select “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in.”

 

3. Swap to “Apps View”

Unless you’ve fully embraced Windows 8’s new Metro apps, you probably miss easy access to your familiar and traditional Windows programs.

 

If so, there’s another easy tweak you can make in the Taskbar and Navigation properties. Simply select “Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start” from the properties screen, and you will get a list of real Windows applications when you use the Start button.

 

 

4. Use your shortcut icons

Although Windows 8 feels (at least initially) less intuitive than Windows 7 and other previous versions, you can still create desktop shortcuts and pin your frequently used applications to the start bar. Take a bit of time to perform these actions, and you’ll end up with a functional Windows desktop again.

 

5. Consider a third-party start menu

It may frustrate you to spend money to make Windows 8 a little more like Windows 7, but if you’re really struggling it could be worth the investment.

 

Utilities such as Start 8 essentially give you your old, familiar Start menu back, but in a far more customisable form. A free trial is available, and if you like what you see, the full version costs less than five dollars.

 

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