You mean Open Shell?Yeah, I'm more than aware that there are numerous sites where one can download software, including OS's. I've not been sittin' here on my hands for the past 40+ years. But, thank Goodness, I've found one site where all the software is top quality and free of crapware, etc.
Microsoft doesn't own all the good programmers in the world. Eh?
I've downloaded and saved to Flash Drives, every OS from XP to 11.
I've heard many people on here, shudder at the mention of Windows 10 or 11. I can install either or both of them, and in just a little while have them up and running as smooth as silk and as friendly as a furry little kitten. My latest install of Windows 11/Pro/64, for instance, tooks to the user just like a well oiled Windows 7. The new Classic Shell is a Must Have though. That just smoothes out a lot of the rough spots, pot holes, etc. Without the Shell, both 10 or 11 are still POC's.
However, Looks aside, they both come with a very complete Drivers Package.
I prefer Windows 8.1/Pro/64 for my daily OS, but if forced to do so, I could run either Windows 10 or even 11 with no problem.
Happy Holidays, Mates!
The OP found another solution back in August at post #16 and hasn't returned since.Did we ever solve the problem that the OP started this thread with?
In the end, I bought a Dell Vostro laptop and had the seller install Windows 10 Pro on it.
"I've found one site where all the software is top quality and free of crapware," please can you give me that info.On the topic, I just have to ask "Why Not". I swear, Windows 8.1 would install on a refrigerator, if you could find the USB port!
I can't even remember or list all the PC's that I've installed Windows 8.1 on. (both x86 and 64 bit)
It's just Never failed to install drivers that are able to get the PC up and running. It may even update some of those drivers on subsequent boots.
Today I swapped SSD's between two PC of different brands, and both PC's are running great right now. I'm on one of those PC's right now.
Everything is working great. On first boot, Win-8.1 took a couple of minutes to install new drivers, then took off and ran like it had always been there.
Don't just sit here and guess about it,,,,,TRY IT!
For the greatest compatibility, I got the very latest, New & Improved, Windows 8.1/Pro/64 from "Generation 2".
It has improved security and an improved Driver Pack.
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You can install this version, with or without an MS Lic. key. Your choice.