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Old Windows User Finding it Hard to Transition

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    Old Windows User Finding it Hard to Transition


    Hello, is anyone in the same boat as me? Windows 8 is so vastly different from previous operating systems that I find it hard to transition to it. Any shortcuts or pointers would be appreciated. Right now I just want to take the computer back to the store and ask them to put Win 7 on it.

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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Chandenee, don't feel alone. I felt like a deer in the headlights myself when I got my new Windows 8 laptop. I don't need touch and tiles.

    Here is a good place to go to find out how to get it looking like 7: Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8[1]=Taskbar%20Start%20Screen

    And welcome to the forum!
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by chandenee View Post
    Hello, is anyone in the same boat as me? Windows 8 is so vastly different from previous operating systems that I find it hard to transition to it. Any shortcuts or pointers would be appreciated. Right now I just want to take the computer back to the store and ask them to put Win 7 on it.
    Check this out: startisback.com

    IMO, it is the best of the 'bring back the start menu' crowd. Boot straight to desktop, disable the hot corners, etc.. but easily get to the Start Screen when you want to explore... though if you don't have a touch screen, I don't see much point in it (the Start Screen/Apps thing, that is).
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    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    Keep playing with it, it will get better.

    When the Metro tiles come on at startup, just click desktop. Also, click settings, personalization, change desktop icons. Select control panel, computer, and files to be displayed on your desktop.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It's like mold, kind of grows on you if you let it. Is snappier and boots faster especially with UEFI.

    Windows 8, the fungus of operating systems.
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    Chandenee, there are several app tutorials that you can download, view the tutorials on this site. Here are a few more:
    Windows 8: 20 Tips and Tricks, 60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets | News | TechRadar. There are several good videos on YouTube.
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    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    This worked for me, I just moved from XP to win 8: Install Classic Shell. Set it to boot directly to the desktop and to disable hot corners. Mostly forget about the new phone style apps and page.

    Two exceptions I've found - Bing news and weather apps are nice to use once you figure out the hidden gestures you need to use and configure them. You can link to them from the classic start menu.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by chandenee View Post
    Hello, is anyone in the same boat as me? Windows 8 is so vastly different from previous operating systems that I find it hard to transition to it. Any shortcuts or pointers would be appreciated. Right now I just want to take the computer back to the store and ask them to put Win 7 on it.
    They won't do it... You could probably install Windows 7 if you have an install disk.

    If you want Windows 8 to look and act more like Windows 7, then there are two programs you can use: Stardock Start 8 and something called "StartIsBack" - Start8 costs 5 bucks, and Startis Back has some kind of subscription. That is why I prefer Start8, once you buy it, it's activated forever.

    There are also free solutions, Windows Classic Shell will give you a working Start Menu. I like Start8 better only in that you can tell it to totally pass on the Lockscreen and Initial Start Page, by telling it to boot straight to Desktop.

    If you get into your Desktop, you will see that aside from the Start Menu being gone, it is pretty much the same as Windows 7. You can add your "My/This Computer" icon and User Profile folder icons to the desktop by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing "Personalise- Change Desktop Icons".

    This will give you the ability to browse your Hard Drive using File Explorer.

    I'd go with Classic Shell for how, then if you like it, you can choose either StartisBack or Start8 to get the full Start Menu back.
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    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    I'd recommend Classic Shell (free) and Windows 8.1 update when it's out (soon) , with the option to boot straight to desktop , you've got Win 7 with the kernel improvements and lower memory footprint.

    Stick with it , it took me a short while to get into the OS , but I'm now glad I kept trying.
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    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    Another Classic Shell recommendation (or try out any of the other start-restorers available). And the metro stuff will be there as an optional extra, if one ever wants to use it for something. Implementing some adjustments here and there and W8 will perform very well, with no need to see or use any of the ugly metro and it's malevolent phone interface.
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