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Downgrading to Windows 7 from Windows 8.1


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#1 Kauaiguy58

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:41 PM

I just bought a new Dell 660s with the new Windows 8 OS which was quickly updated to 8.1.  I would like to know what is the simplest and cheapest was to put the Windows 7 OS on this PC, as I don't enjoy using Windows 8 AT ALL !  I am an old timer, I don't have a touch screen, and I'm not a social media afficionado...I just want a desktop that I am familiar with.  



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 01:03 PM

I recommend trying "classic start" or "classic Shell" first. It is not usually cheap or simple to downgrade. Either of those 2 programs will make windows 8 look identical to windows xp, vista, or windows 7 whichever you chose in settings.

 

To get classic start go to http://ninite.com/ under utiliies put a check mark in the classic start box, then click the get installer button, run the download. This will install the software automatically. From the start menu > classic start > options you can change the view to xp, vista, or 7.

 

This will give you the benefit of using a more modern operating system and make it usable like windows 7.


Edited by zingo156, 12 February 2014 - 01:04 PM.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 01:31 PM

Wow, that's cool...thaks a lot man...I was getting really frustrated trying to navigate to around that deskftop...as usual, you guys as bleeping computer are the bomb.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

You are welcome. I had the same problem. We have been used to a start menu since windows 95. To take that away without even giving the option to put it back seems insane... Microsoft, what will they think of next?


Edited by zingo156, 12 February 2014 - 01:37 PM.

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