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Not sure I like the new interface. Any way to get rid of it?

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Pro

    Not sure I like the new interface. Any way to get rid of it?


    For those of you that have used the Windows 8 RC for a while, what do you think of it? I've heard of many referring to it along the lines of Windows Vista 2. How do most of you feel about the new OS.

    My main concern is Microsoft's insistence that every version look the same. The whole "tile" interface turns me off in a major way. If I had a Windows phone, tablet or a touch-screen laptop, I'm sure it would be cool. If you're using it on a "regular" desktop or laptop, I really fail to see the point and don't want to use it. Is there a way to totally disable this interface and get a more traditional Windows experience, ala Windows 7, with a Start button, Start menu, program groups, regular desktop, etc.?

    I hate to miss out on the awesome upgrade price if I'm going to upgrade, and I've not missed a version of Windows since Windows 3.1 (even Vista) but if I can't turn off the tiled interface, I may skip this version.

    I've also seen quite a few gaming videos showing Bioshock, or Bioshock 2, I can't recall which, refusing to run under Windows 8, along with several other "recent" top-shelf titles. I realize most of these were running on RC versions and things may well change before the final version hits the shelves later this month but, compatibility issues with relatively recent titles, coupled with the tiled interface doesn't leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling about this new OS.

    Someone out there help me out here. I want to like this new OS. I want to upgrade, but only if I can still continue to do things my way, not Microsoft's way.

    Any good news for me?

    Thanks to any willing to respond. Everyone have a great weekend.

    - Byron Followell

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    Unfortunately, for those of us who are not enamored with this new start screen and such, there isn't a way to disable it from Microsoft and get it back to the way that it was. As far as a start button goes, there are options for that, but they do involve third party tools. Check out this tutorial;
    Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8

    It's a real mixed bag, some are just blown away and think the interface is refreshing, intuitive, stylish and uber cool, and there are others who dislike it enough that we plan to forgo the new features of the OS simply because we don't want to use it this way.
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    even i have never missed any windows version since windows 98, even loved the changes vista brought along with it.....
    but this windows 8 thing, i am not sure which way it is headed , so i think i am just gonna hold a bit longer with windows 7
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Just use classic shell. Easy peasy.
    Welcome to Classic Shell
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Pro


    Thanks for the shell options and the links to the related thread guys. It definitely looks like there are options open to me if I still decide to upgrade that will allow me to have Windows 8 my way.

    Well, if they get the compatibility issues taken care of then, I'll likely wait as long as I possibly can and then, assuming I don't see any other negatives I can't live with or work around, get in on the lower upgrade pricing at the last minute.

    gulls777, I know exactly how you feel. Still, unless we want to go with Linux or switch to Mac, there aren't a whole lot of other options open to us. If Microsoft keeps heading down this route, like it or not, eventually we'll have to jump on board or get left at the station. Still, I'm seriously considering skipping this generation and holding out for the next. We have a few months left to decide before the great upgrade pricing goes away. Time will tell I guess.

    Thanks to everyone for the advice.

    - Byron
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    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    You know ... this may be heresy but ... you don't have to upgrade if you don't want to. Win7 is going to be supported for a long, long time and even when support ends (2020?) it won't just seize-up your machine!

    Progress is fine but to a desktop user Win8 is not progress, IMHO. It is change for the sake of change. I'm sure there are some things about it that might be good (though I've spent a year playing with it and can't yet name one - but there must be something).

    You are not tied to a tree! No one is pointing a gun at your head requiring that you upgrade. If the one you got works fine then why bother? Go spend the money on a trip to Disney World or something! Take a cruise. Get out on your bicycle and get in shape.

    Revisit the issue if and when you reach a point where your existing solution doesn't do something you need it to do. Aside from just wanting something new is there something wrong with what you have?

    Sorry for the rant. After 35 years of this I'm just reaching the point where I realize you don't have to upgrade just because some vendor comes out with a new version of a tool. I suspect there are many others beginning to develop a little bit of objectivity about this. The radical change that MS has done to Windows really brought this one to the front in my thinking.

    If Win8 really has something you want or need, by all means get the thing. Otherwise ... relax!

    -Max
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Sadly - no one has yet figured out how to get rid of it.

    MS knew people would want to.

    They have deliberately removed functions from explorer.exe and shell32.dll to try and prevent us from removing the unwanted metro .

    That is the one thing that made me dislike it so much.

    I would be ok with the stripping down and boring looks - I would also be ok with including some sort of metro type program if you wish to access their online services.

    I am not OK with what MS have done - you can only do the little things MS deigns to allow you to do.

    It is no longer "Your PC".
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    You know ... this may be heresy but ... you don't have to upgrade if you don't want to. Win7 is going to be supported for a long, long time and even when support ends (2020?) it won't just seize-up your machine!

    Progress is fine but to a desktop user Win8 is not progress, IMHO. It is change for the sake of change. I'm sure there are some things about it that might be good (though I've spent a year playing with it and can't yet name one - but there must be something).

    You are not tied to a tree! No one is pointing a gun at your head requiring that you upgrade. If the one you got works fine then why bother? Go spend the money on a trip to Disney World or something! Take a cruise. Get out on your bicycle and get in shape.

    Revisit the issue if and when you reach a point where your existing solution doesn't do something you need it to do. Aside from just wanting something new is there something wrong with what you have?

    Sorry for the rant. After 35 years of this I'm just reaching the point where I realize you don't have to upgrade just because some vendor comes out with a new version of a tool. I suspect there are many others beginning to develop a little bit of objectivity about this. The radical change that MS has done to Windows really brought this one to the front in my thinking.

    If Win8 really has something you want or need, by all means get the thing. Otherwise ... relax!

    -Max
    10 on 10
    I don't see why one have to upgrade... only because there is "8" on box???
    Windows 7 is a great OS and i will use it till windows 9 comes out, if windows 9 comes good then i 'll upgrade and if it doesn't , well that i 'll see when time comes
    I can't digest that microsoft took all the good looks from the windows so that it will be light and run good on low power tablets, and completely forgot about majority of desktop users. And on top of that they forced everybody to metro interface instead of making it optional....
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    You are not "forced " to use Metro. It is still a first option. But the legacy desktop is one click away and only needs a quick third party install to regain the lost start menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    You are not "forced " to use Metro. It is still a first option. But the legacy desktop is one click away and only needs a quick third party install to regain the lost start menu.
    But unless you find value in the new features, why spent dollars upgrading your box, to then add third party or perhaps other software to make it run like you want. If you have Windows 7 and are generally happy, I say stay put.
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