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Want "Windows 7 looks" at my desktop - possible?

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    Want "Windows 7 looks" at my desktop - possible?


    Greetings.
    Have now been using Windows 8 for some time, after I found the solution to boot directly to desktop (thank you, PCworld.dk). Allmost all works fine. But then today I found an old screenshot of my Windows 7 desktop. Gosh, I think Windows 8 desktop is ugly.
    Is there any tips and tricks to get something like a "windows 7 look" at the desktop? I think rounded corners at the windows, more glamour at the taskbar, shadowed controllers at the windows top, aso.

    Maybe it is only me, but I don't like this minimalistic "windows 95" design, it is really REALLY ugly I think. All I have found is aero-glass and a cstm START-button, but that is not what I'm looking for.

    Is it possible to get this? (The standard theme from Windows 7 will be just fine)

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    A lot of people are not taken by the regressive design.

    You could upgrade to windows 7.

    Or there maybe some themepacks on deviantart.

    cstm START-button
    I don't know what that is.

    You could try classic shell and see if that provides some relief.

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    Denmark
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    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    Classic Shell did solve some of the uglyness (or I have not found the correct setting yet).

    I'm still missing "glass" at window-borders (something like the taskbar).
    I want rounded corners at the windows and the program running in windows.
    I want clearly marked buttons at the top right corner of the windows, with shadow aso.

    Gosh, Windows 8 is ugly. I did not see this at first, but after using it for some time, and then looked at a screenshot from Windows 7, I miss the "windows 7 glamour". Is it possible, or should I go back to Windows 7? I have seen absolutely NO speedgain at win8 over win7, except shutdown-times.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Gosh, Windows 8 is ugly
    Sterile, I think. Bit like a hospital waiting room. Not somewhere you want to hang out.

    I miss the "windows 7 glamour". Is it possible
    There have been some attempts. None terribly successful so far.

    I have seen absolutely NO speedgain at Windows 8 over win7, except shutdown-times.
    Me neither.


    should I go back to Windows 7?
    If you like - a lot of people have done exactly that. It sounds like you will be happier in 7. I am in 7 right now.
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    Denmark
    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    Ok. I go back to Win7 next weekend.
    Thank you for your time.
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    I recently installed the new WindowBlinds Beta from Stardock, and although I don't get rounded corners, I do get "glass".

    Unfortunately, it's only available at present with a subscription -- which is a lot just for WindowBlinds. But, when it comes out of Beta, you will be able to buy it separately. You should look at the other Stardock add-ons for Win8 as well: Start8, Decor8, and ModernMix. They do a lot to bring the desktop features of Win7 "back" to Win8.

    And, no, I'm not tied to Stardock in any way ... I just like what they have done to Win8.
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    It is not a good sign there are so many programs to try and make 8 function sensibly and look less ghastly.

    Must be great for the devs making millions out of selling them.
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    Windows 8.1 x64 with Bing


    You mean.. looks like this?
    Click image for larger version
    Just search "Aero 8 Glow Deviantart" in google, it's a 3rd party theme created by ~MrGRiM01

    Cya~
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit - Windows 8 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    I recently installed the new WindowBlinds Beta from Stardock, and although I don't get rounded corners, I do get "glass".

    Unfortunately, it's only available at present with a subscription -- which is a lot just for WindowBlinds. But, when it comes out of Beta, you will be able to buy it separately. You should look at the other Stardock add-ons for Win8 as well: Start8, Decor8, and ModernMix. They do a lot to bring the desktop features of Win7 "back" to Win8.

    And, no, I'm not tied to Stardock in any way ... I just like what they have done to Win8.


    The "Diamond' theme included with WindowBlinds 8 beta has rounded corners.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yuck.
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