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Solved Windows 7 desktop after Windows 8 upgrade


Jimfof1913

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#1
When I upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 8 is the desktop I see in Windows 8 my Windows 7 desktop or a blank Windows 8 desktop?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    Intel Pentium 2.70Ghz
    Motherboard
    unk
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    unk
    Screen Resolution
    1930x1080
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    Wireless
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    Wireless
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    25Mbs

Jimfof1913

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#2
Found my answer. The Win 7 desktop is replaced with a blank Win 8 desktop.
 

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    windows 8 Pro
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    Gateway
    CPU
    Intel Pentium 2.70Ghz
    Motherboard
    unk
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    unk
    Screen Resolution
    1930x1080
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Internet Speed
    25Mbs

Ztruker

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#3
??? What you will see is the Metro/Modern desktop with Live tiles and a Desktop tile at bottom left you can click on to get to the Windows 7 style desktop. Like this:

Win8Desktop.jpg

Not sure why you think you will see a blank Win 8 desktop.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro X64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
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    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
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    Lenovo
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    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
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    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
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    HP h2207
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    3GB Up, 30GB Down
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Jimfof1913

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#4
By a blank Win 8 desktop I meant that my shortcuts and other items I current have on my Win 7 desktop will not be transfered over to the Win 8 desktop. An employee at a Windows store told me this.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    Intel Pentium 2.70Ghz
    Motherboard
    unk
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    unk
    Screen Resolution
    1930x1080
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Internet Speed
    25Mbs

petesmst

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#5

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    win 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
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    System Manufacturer/Model
    Mecer Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 CPU 860 @2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel WG55D
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
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    OCZ VERTEX 4 SSD (250GB)
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    IE
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    Norotn Internet Security 2014

Jimfof1913

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#6
Did any shortcuts get removed?
 

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    windows 8 Pro
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    Gateway
    CPU
    Intel Pentium 2.70Ghz
    Motherboard
    unk
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    unk
    Screen Resolution
    1930x1080
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Internet Speed
    25Mbs

znod

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#7
By a blank Win 8 desktop I meant that my shortcuts and other items I current have on my Win 7 desktop will not be transfered over to the Win 8 desktop. An employee at a Windows store told me this.
After an upgrade upgrade :D , you will have much of what you had on the desktop of Win7. I can't remember for sure if shortcuts were removed, but I think not. I ended up doing a clean reinstall. I can't even remember if the Desktop icons were there. Shortcuts and Desktop icons are, of course, pretty easy to get back in general.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
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    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
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    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
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    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
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    EVGA 570 SC
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    Gateway
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    Dual Boot:
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    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
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    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
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    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
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    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
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Jimfof1913

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#8
Thanks.
 

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  • OS
    windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    Intel Pentium 2.70Ghz
    Motherboard
    unk
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    unk
    Screen Resolution
    1930x1080
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Internet Speed
    25Mbs

znod

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#9
You are very welcome.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner

petesmst

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#10
No shortcuts were omitted/deleted.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Mecer Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 CPU 860 @2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel WG55D
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Hard Drives
    OCZ VERTEX 4 SSD (250GB)
    Browser
    IE
    Antivirus
    Norotn Internet Security 2014
#11
Thanks to all that replied.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    Intel Pentium 2.70Ghz
    Motherboard
    unk
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    unk
    Screen Resolution
    1930x1080
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Internet Speed
    25Mbs

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