How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7

by Lou Horton on December 12, 2012

Even though Windows 8 has only been out for a few weeks now, it is difficult to find a new computer without it.  Besides a few minor internal improvements, Windows 8 is not a revolutionary improvement over the previous versions.  The new "Metro" interface is fine for phones and tablets but when it comes to using it on a laptop or desktop, I have not found one person that thinks it is an improvement over Windows 7.  To the contrary, many expert users with decades of Windows experience take a significant amount of time to figure out how to complete tasks that they could perform in their sleep with any other version of Windows.

Microsoft did not build in the capability to make Windows 8 able to look like prior versions of Windows.  In typical Microsoft style, they have rammed their "new improved" software down all of our throats.  Fortunately there are a number of projects in process that provide a way to make Windows 8 act and function like its predecessors.  Based on the feedback I have received from our customers, the sales numbers for new systems with Windows 8 and my own personal experience with the operating system, I sincerely believe that modifying Windows 8 to look and act like Windows 7 is the ONLY way to go.

One of the more popular free software packages that can change the way Windows 8 looks and operates is called Windows Classic Shell.  It is very easy to install and configure and will quickly have your system operating in a way that you actually know how to use (without reading a few books and pulling out your hair).  If you need assistance with these modifications or just want to revert back to Windows 7 completely, as always feel free to contact us at 630-444-7220 or at

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