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As a Windows 7 poweruser, what do I need to know going in?

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    As a Windows 7 poweruser, what do I need to know going in?


    I've been using Windows since version 3.11 back in the early 90s, so I know my way around this increasingly sturdy OS. However, I'm somewhat terrified of Windows 8 due to all the ridiculous UI changes.

    However, my Windows 7 install is starting to show its age, so I think it's finally time to move on. I've got an ISO of Windows 8.1 that I got from work (telecomuters are allowed to install it on our home machines), a legit CD key, and a willingness to do some expert fiddling to get my Windows 8 install working the way I want it, rather than the way Microsoft seems to think I should want it.

    What third-party software should I get to let me use my machine the way I've become accustomed to? What's the best way to go about actually installing the new OS? Should I make a bootable USB stick from the ISO? Will that even work in my ~4-year-old machine which I'm pretty sure still runs on BIOS rather than that new-fangled thing (UEFI?).

    What else should I learn before going through with the install? I'm not going to upgrade my existing install, as I have learned the hard way to always install an OS fresh. So I'm planning to re-partition my main SSD (which currently have Win 7 on it), into two parts. Can the windows 8 installer do that for me? I seem to recall the Windows 7 one being capable of that, though I'm not sure.

    I really want to like Windows 8, so having the smoothest possible transition from 7 is going to be really important.

    EDIT: And now I feel foolish, as mere seconds after posting this, I found this thread which appears to contain much of what I'm asking for here. Sorry for being such a forum noob, folks! But any specific advice you might have would still be greatly appreciated.

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    I would install from USB as its faster

    I don't find win 8.x to be substantially different to be concerned. I use a 3rd party start menu, and that is all.
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    Which third party Start menu do you use?
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    India
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    The whole start menu can be heavily tweaked so much that you will like it. Plus if you install 8/8.1 and even 10 on a machine which is connected to the internet, sign in with your outlook account (if you don't have create one). Once you tweak the OS Microsoft will save your user settings in their server forever. Just like you buy new android phone and sync it. Its amazing and this is the best part about 8,8.1 and 10. You can also remove password on login if you want. No third party software or tweak needed. I tried Windows technical preview (windows 10) and was amazed to find my favorite wallpaper already there on it despite the fact that I installed it for the first time.
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    For my own computers, I use Start8. Bought 3 copies.

    I use Classic Start (free) on all of work machines.
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    India
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Either ways the loved and hated start menu that came with 8 and 8.1 is gone in 10 so merry!
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Which third party Start menu do you use?
    Classic Shell-{free}---

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

    Works Good.


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    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    All the computers I've set up for folks got the Classic Shell install, belayed the fears they had about Win8/8.1.
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    Come on core, Win 8.1 is great you don't need start8 or the like (welcome to the future)
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    When I first got 8.1, I installed classic shell, and it was almost like 7 with it. Then I started playing around with Metro to check
    it out. It eventually made classic shell look so antique, I uninstalled Classic Shell and have never looked back. I love 8.1.
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