windows 8 pro downgrade ?

I bought new Lenovo laptop with Windows 8 Pro. This new OS has ruined my life as I am stuck with it. Programs doesn't work, printers wont install, the apps are laughable really. I mean, WHY would I want to use their mail app if I have Outlook? The apps are like watered down little programs without the windows functionality of the real thing. Pointless for desktop users. Am I missing the point or what? All in all a MAJOR step back for the average user. Downgrading will cost me another approx. $200 to buy Windows 7 Pro. I bought an Windows 7 Ultimate disc via my university, but now I see its a upgrade version only. Can someone from Microsoft offer a solution, if not I will kiss good bye Windows forever to go to Apple ( at huge personal expense )

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Have you upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet?  You might find it a better option?

Your complaints are a bit general in that "Programs doesn't work, printers wont install".  There might be compatibility problems or driver problems involved.  These problems are better addressed in separate posts if you want to pursue them.

This is my standard guide to those new to Windows 8.  Do with it whatever you wish.

Try using Windows 8 as near as possible to Windows 7 by using the Desktop App and running it like Windows 7 Desktop minus the Start Menu and Button.  You can even get third party programs that will make it look and feel like Windows 7 but I don't bother with, or recommend, such programs.



The easiest thing to do is to place commonly used programs shortcuts on the Desktop via creating Shortcuts to those programs.


You can practice with the Apps later as you gain confidence.  Right-click on the App's Tile to see various options available beside running the App.


I use my Windows 8 the same way I used Windows 7 and other earlier operating systems, the Apps are something I play with when I'm bored.  I install all my own programs that I want to run in Windows 8, things like Office, Win Zip, Games, and other common programs etc. and launch from shortcuts on the Desktop.


It will help you to see this .pdf document too.


Virtually Every Windows 8 Shortcut Available (well so far...).pdf


When in any App, the Windows Key + i    will give you all the options available to the opened App.  Close any App by dragging (the top of it) down to the bottom of the screen, or try Alt + F4.

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Last updated February 12, 2018 Views 39 Applies to: