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Consensus on getting Windows 7 desktop look & feel?

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    Consensus on getting Windows 7 desktop look & feel?


    I just ordered an Asus Zenbook that will have Win8-64 on it. It is replacing an old Sony laptop that was running Vista. My wife and I use the laptop for photo & video preview & backups when we travel. She is used to Win7 of course and would not like to have to learn the new Win8 Metro desktop etc.

    I've read about several softwares that attempt to make Win8 look more or less like Win7, but without being able to try them it's hard to decide which is best. So my question is - is there a general consensus of which one is best?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I simply switch on my laptop and wait till the Metro UI comes up. Then I click on the Desktop tile which takes me straight to the desktop. That's it. I feel like I'm back to Win 7.
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    Win 8 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bbinnard View Post
    I just ordered an Asus Zenbook that will have Win8-64 on it. It is replacing an old Sony laptop that was running Vista. My wife and I use the laptop for photo & video preview & backups when we travel. She is used to Win7 of course and would not like to have to learn the new Win8 Metro desktop etc.

    I've read about several softwares that attempt to make Win8 look more or less like Win7, but without being able to try them it's hard to decide which is best. So my question is - is there a general consensus of which one is best?
    My vote would be Start8 by Stardock. It costs $4.99 but they have a trial version (thirty days, I think). I only used it for thirty minutes and purchased it. It can bypass the start screen and give you a Win 7 like start button on the task bar. It's fairly configurable and completely unobtrusive, at least on my laptop. Here's a link. And, no, I don't work for them...

    Start8™ for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You can try them.

    There is a 30 day trial of startisback. Probably the best overall solution short of replacing w 8 with a completely different os.

    If it does the job for you - it is only 3 bucks for 2 pc's. StartIsBack - real start menu in Windows 8

    There are several others you could look at as well. Some are largely just start menu replacements - that hasn't stopped some of them selling millions of copies.

    You might also take a look at Classic shell - a free program that can be used on other os as well as win 8. You can donate if you like it. Welcome to Classic Shell

    MS have created a big market for these sorts of things.

    Millionaires are being made - well done MS.





    Quote Originally Posted by bbinnard View Post
    I just ordered an Asus Zenbook that will have Win8-64 on it. It is replacing an old Sony laptop that was running Vista. My wife and I use the laptop for photo & video preview & backups when we travel. She is used to Win7 of course and would not like to have to learn the new Win8 Metro desktop etc.

    I've read about several softwares that attempt to make Win8 look more or less like Win7, but without being able to try them it's hard to decide which is best. So my question is - is there a general consensus of which one is best?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    There is also simply pinning what you need from the start menu to the Start Screen, uninstall the superfluous apps, know how to open the Settings Charms, and BAM! Supersized start menu!
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    windows 7 home premium 64bit


    I use classic shell. Its open source, and works well here.
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    Posts : 15
    Windows 7-64

    Want Win 7 interface for Win 8 OS


    Later today I'm going to install the Win 8 Pro 64-bit upgrade to my Win 7 Home Premium.
    I'm doing it more for the core OS improvements then the Win 8 interface.
    So I'm thinking of trying to remove or disable the "Tablet" features of Win 8 and give it more of a Win 7 interface.
    So I'm looking for information on disabling the "tablet" features?
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just uninstall the metro apps, pin File Explorer locations to Start, pin Desktop apps, and BAM! Oh, and change program defaults for Desktop apps as well.
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    I tried a few options and found Start8 to be the best for me. for $5 I think it is very well worth it.
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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Iobit has a program called Stat menu 8, which is basically a free copy of Start8
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