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    Can you downgrade from windows 8 to windows 7?

    My daughters got new laptops for xmas and are finding windows 8 too difficult , they are only 6 &7.
    Anyway we can downgrade?
    Thanks

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    there are apps that add the classic start menu
    i have not tried it myself but many recommend classicshell
    hope that helps. otherwise everything else is simile and or better.
    Edited by: "fahed2000" 3rd Jan 2015

    Install this on their laptops if you don't feel confident getting them to pick it up, should make it seem just like Win7 and can be easily removed should you ever need to

    classicshell.net/

    download classicshell to make it work like windows 7

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    I use Start8, which I does the same as Classic Shell (Makes the "desktop" part of Win 8 function like Win 7), you have to pay for it after the 30 day trial but it's around £2.50 so quite cheap and you can use the paid for license on more than one device (we have it on our Linx tablets and my Asus Laptop)

    If you want to go the downgrade route you will need a Windows 7 installation disc, a license key and then to format the computer and install Win 7 etc..

    Much easier and quicker to try Classic shell or Start8

    you can set windows 8 to look like windows 7 which is what i am using and it looks exactly as it did for windows 7

    Thanks for this! I bought my parents who are in there 50's a laptop with windows 8 installed, They can't get their heads around it, Off to look at classicshell!

    you don't need classic shell, you can set windows 8 to start at the desktop screen so it looks like windows 7. google how to. it's free.

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    mutley1

    you don't need classic shell, you can set windows 8 to start at the … you don't need classic shell, you can set windows 8 to start at the desktop screen so it looks like windows 7. google how to. it's free.



    you don't get the start menu though

    Holly1985

    you don't get the start menu though



    what do you need from the start menu?

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    mutley1

    what do you need from the start menu?



    That's the whole point of Classic Shell/Start 8 it adds the Start menu back in so your desktop is basically Win 7

    Holly1985

    That's the whole point of Classic Shell/Start 8 it adds the Start menu … That's the whole point of Classic Shell/Start 8 it adds the Start menu back in so your desktop is basically Win 7



    i haven't found anything wanting not having the start button as whatever i got from there i have on the desk top.

    Having recently tried win 8 agree the start menu is a must which is why classic shell is a must to. But to the original question, the only version of win 8 you can officially and easily revert back to win 7 is the pro version.

    You need windows 10 not 7, 7 is rubbish. They put the start menu back in because people couldn't get their heads around the winkey.

    mutley1

    I haven't found anything wanting not having the start button as whatever … I haven't found anything wanting not having the start button as whatever i got from there i have on the desk top.




    What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope here's an app to get rid of it when it's out of preview.

    I don't understand what's so difficult about pressing the windows keyboard key and picking an app from metro (okay, takes a bit of organising but then it's set) or typing the first few letters of the application name in, or just desktop short cuts. The right click menu of the on screen windows button is adequate enough too.

    Gynx

    What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope … What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope here's an app to get rid of it when it's out of preview. :(I don't understand what's so difficult about pressing the windows keyboard key and picking an app from metro (okay, takes a bit of organising but then it's set) or typing the first few letters of the application name in, or just desktop short cuts. The right click menu of the on screen windows button is adequate enough too.



    It's because the Windows key is a scary thing with untold power over the operating system. Most people don't know that if you hold down the Windows key and click arrows on the keyboard it snaps the highlighted window across

    Joking aside it's due to a lack of information about the benefits of the new operating system. It's not till you got back to windows 7 that you realise how many features it's missing from windows 8.

    Surely going from 8 to 7 is an upgrade ....(_;)

    Why don't you just update to 8.1, it has the same aspects of windows 7 and 8 combined.

    Windows 8 is better than 7 in many ways. I use start 8 and now much prefer it. With the metro start menu though I would rather have the slower and less feature rich windows 7

    Gynx

    What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope … What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope here's an app to get rid of it when it's out of preview. :(I don't understand what's so difficult about pressing the windows keyboard key and picking an app from metro (okay, takes a bit of organising but then it's set) or typing the first few letters of the application name in, or just desktop short cuts. The right click menu of the on screen windows button is adequate enough too.

    it's annoying because it's touch optimised, I.e. Easy to jab with a finger but a hassle to move your mouse and scroll to get to the massive icons. Apart from that shutting down is also quicker and recent documents is nice.

    Windows 8 + Classic Shell works very well for me. I love the stability of Win 8, and the fast boot.

    Gynx

    What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope … What I hate most about Windows 10 is having the start menu back. I hope here's an app to get rid of it when it's out of preview. :(I don't understand what's so difficult about pressing the windows keyboard key and picking an app from metro (okay, takes a bit of organising but then it's set) or typing the first few letters of the application name in, or just desktop short cuts. The right click menu of the on screen windows button is adequate enough too.



    i am on windows 8.1 which i moved from windows 7. i never used the start button even when i was on windows 7 as i have all the apps i need set up at the bottom bar of the screen or on the desk top and all the websites shortcut on chrome/desk top so i only ever went into the start button to run regit to clear the start apps when the laptop is turned on which i can do on windows 8 as well.

    so personally don't see what the fuss is about the start menu.

    This looks kinda legit if you're hell bent on holding onto the past ebay.co.uk/itm…dff @ £40 it looks pretty good.

    There is a start menu it's the little house in the left hand bottom corner

    tiles are as lame as windows

    espirit77

    tiles are as lame as windows


    Your house must look very strange oO

    kester76

    Your house must look very strange oO



    lolz

    It's all about the learning curve, Microsoft should have given users time to get used to things and the transition over to windows 8 in steps.
    Once you realise your comfort blanket (desktop tile) is still there, you'll be ok
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