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Thinking of going back to Windows 7

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    Thinking of going back to Windows 7


    I am totally fed up with Windows 8. This is my computer. I bought it, I paid for it. I tried Windows 8 for two months now, and it gets worse each day. So anyone have some suggestions on installing Windows 7 on mu computer? I will have to buy Windows 7 and install it and I just want any advice to make the transfer easier.

    Dell Inspiron 5721
    x64-based PC

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz, 2401 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical

    RAM 8.00 GB
    HD 1 TB

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Take look at this tutorial:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    James, you are not alone. Plenty have done the same.
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    Windows 8.1


    But in the mean time: what do you not like about Windows 8? We may be able to help you remedy those without downgrading, or they could be problems specific to your system and factory configuration. Not to mention Windows Blue is supposed to come out in the next few months, which should remedy a few major problems.
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    New Zealand
    Posts : 91
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1


    Have you tried "Start is Back". It is probably about as close to Windows 7 as you can get on windows 8. There is a free trial and if it fixes your problems would save you the cost and hassle of doing an install with Windows 7
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Startisback will not work on the leaked 8.1 versions. Almost guaranteed it won't work with the final 8.1.

    Tihiy said the code it relies on has been removed by MS.
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    What about Classic Shell and Stardock's Start8. Will they still work? Anyone tried them?
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    New Zealand
    Posts : 91
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Startisback will not work on the leaked 8.1 versions. Almost guaranteed it won't work with the final 8.1.
    If you do not like Metro, I don't think it matters to much. If Blue is like the leaks out at the moment (which are only showing tweaks to the Metro interface) just don't install 8.1.
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    Hey James, I use Stardock's Start8 and ModernMix, these will give you the look and feel of windows 7 but with all the benefits that windows 8 has to offer. There is also Classic Shell which is free, Stardocks are free to try but only cost $5 each. This way you'll have the best of both.

    Welcome to Classic Shell

    Get the Start menu back with Start8!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Startisback will not work on the leaked 8.1 versions. Almost guaranteed it won't work with the final 8.1.

    Tihiy said the code it relies on has been removed by MS.
    I'm wondering, are they going to remove the code for the rest of the software out there that some of us are using?
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