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I was deadset against Windows 8

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    I was deadset against Windows 8


    Hated it, hated the UI, despised this piece of crap. Decided to try it out again, found Start8, found ModernMix and strictly use Desktop Mode, not half bad, which I could use darker colors without having to use a custom theme so the title bar text didn't become hard to read, but you know what I'm sold. Plus I can use Smartglass for my Xbox One

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    I have those as well...sure makes life easier. Right now I running 8.1 Preview as primary OS...with out start8 and mordern mix....and really liking it....Looking forward to 8.1 RTM in October.
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64-bit


    I've never seen ModernMix before. That's a pretty cool idea. I don't understand why Microsoft opted out of including a simple "X" or close button somewhere on Metro apps. An auto-hide menu at the top right to snap, close, minimize, etc. would've been such a great feature as dragging the window down is unintuitive and annoying.

    I was very anti-8 as well when I first got my new laptop. I downgraded to 7 and came back to 8 when I saw that 8.1 fixed a lot of annoyances for me, although it's been about a month and I still haven't downloaded 8.1, lol. A few of my friends had trouble (BSODs) with the installation, and I'm not sure I could stand that stupid watermark.
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I have been using Win 8 strictly in desktop mode since the first preview. I don't use any 3rd party apps, just native Win 8 desktop. Works great for me. I have a laptop running Win 8 but won't upgrade it to 8.1 until I can do it using a clean install. I have 8.1 running in a VM and like the ability to boot directly to the desktop, MS should have included that ability from the get-go. I haven't found any Metro apps that I find worthwhile so don't use them.

    I am perfectly happy with my Win 8 laptop but don't intend to upgrade any of my Win 7 machines to Win 8.
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    Posts : 1
    Windows 7


    I just bought a laptop today with Windows 8. I need to use it tomorrow and I'm not interested in learning a new operating system. Is there a way to either a) delete Windows 8 and load Windows 7, or b) get my windows 8 to look and behave like windows 7. I hate computers and only use them to get my work done. Never play games, never store pictures or music, use email and about a half dozen websites. Just want to use it to access QuickBooks and WordPerfect.
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    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Yes Tim for $5 the Stardock8 will give you the 7 look there are a few irritations like the File History instead of the backup but on the whole my laptop is on drugs I'm sure as it now boots all the way through from power on to the desktop in approx. 8 secs (including login) and shuts down in the blink of an eye.

    (There are options for free start menus see Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8 )

    I upgraded to 8 from 7 and took my settings with me but that was just me experimenting. I now have the same thing on my Sandy bridge and to all intents and purposes runs like 7.

    If you want a short cut from the metro screen to start with hit the Windows button and X and select desktop
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Feaser View Post
    I just bought a laptop today with Windows 8. I need to use it tomorrow and I'm not interested in learning a new operating system. Is there a way to either a) delete Windows 8 and load Windows 7, or b) get my windows 8 to look and behave like windows 7. I hate computers and only use them to get my work done. Never play games, never store pictures or music, use email and about a half dozen websites. Just want to use it to access QuickBooks and WordPerfect.
    If you hate computers, I definitely wouldn't go with downgrading to Win7. Making it behave like Win7 would be much easier and have the least overhead.

    Of course, you can make it behave like Win7 by simply powering on the laptop. Install a 3rd party start button replacement if you want, but there's really not much else to do.
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    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Must have been typing at the same tome Breems mate I just outlined how it can be done and quite easily but forgot the Stardock address link Windows 8 start menu returns with Start8 from Stardock! the start button you just right click on and change to the orb or whatever there are plenty of choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I have been using Win 8 strictly in desktop mode since the first preview. I don't use any 3rd party apps, just native Win 8 desktop. Works great for me. I have a laptop running Win 8 but won't upgrade it to 8.1 until I can do it using a clean install. I have 8.1 running in a VM and like the ability to boot directly to the desktop, MS should have included that ability from the get-go. I haven't found any Metro apps that I find worthwhile so don't use them.

    I am perfectly happy with my Win 8 laptop but don't intend to upgrade any of my Win 7 machines to Win 8.
    1.- On your computer with 8 you could install another harddrive or partition on current hdd.
    2.- Direct 8.1 to be installed on one of those. When upgrading from 8 to 8.1
    You'll have 8 on a partition & 8.1 on a partition.

    That's how I got 7 & 8 on the same hdd. By default it boots into 8 after 30 seconds if I don't choose 7.
    With the options I changed it to 5 seconds.
    When I was helping a friend with 7, I changed the default temporarily to 7. Then back to 8 as default.
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    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Yep another option would be to clone the drive and update to 8.1 on the clone. I cloned my 7 drive and then upgraded it to 8 and have had nothing but success. Plus I still have the drive with 7 on if things go south and I need to clone again.

    Macrium is the way to go if you want a decent cloning program. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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