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Windows 8.1 - Make it operate like Windows 7?


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:37 PM

I am helping a friend to purchase a new laptop. This laptop will come with Windows 8.1. I have found many posts on-line at various web sites where people complain about and are frustrated with Windows 8 - they wish it was more like Windows 7. 
 
Two questions:
 
(1) Are these complaints by users fair? What do folks like and dislike about Windows 8.1?
 
(2) If we decide to configure Windows 8.1 to have some of the features of Windows 7, is there a tutorial or some sort of guide that can guide me in this configuration?
 
Thank you.


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#2 Echokrush

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:37 PM

Hello.  :)

 

To your first question, I would say the complaints are fair. Windows 8 is an adjustment, but I believe people have gotten used to it by now and you can customize how it looks. What people dislike about it mainly is the lack of a start menu like you see in Windows 7 and seeing the Windows 8 grid, but that can be customized, too.

 

To your second question, yes. There's a very good tutorial at CNET as an option. Also, there's Classic Shell, which I use on my own system and I like it a lot.

 

Hope that helps!  :thumbup2:



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:03 PM

(1) Windows 8.1 is hard to get used to if you are not willing to learn new ways of doing things.  For me it was a breeze because I prepared myself by researching and reading up.

 

(2) As said by Echokrush, you can install Classic Shell or another "Start Menu" to ease the way.  In my case I don't use any sort of thing like that - I just learned to find my way around.






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