how to make windows 8 look and act like windows 7

Recently bought a new laptop, from HP and I am so confussed with the new windows 8, I can't even use the darn thing, reminds me of the time I was stuck with an Apple Machine.  Is there a way to change the screen and start up to look and behave like Windows 7?

Other wise, I'm giving this piece of junk a good toss out the window. And I don't mean Windows 8.

Thank you for any help you all can be, I just wanted a new computer not an operating system like this..

 

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Hi,

The Microsoft Community is a peer review technical support site for Windows and
some other Microsoft products and is not the proper venue for providing feedback
to Microsoft. This Feedback Forum is for events that take place in these forums.

If you want to give feedback to Microsoft.

Windows Feedback Program
http://wfp.microsoft.com/

Microsoft Connect
https://connect.microsoft.com/

Providing Feedback to Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/execmail/feedback.mspx

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Check with HP Support, their on-line documentation and drivers, and ask in their
forums where there will be others with the same or similar models. HP should
have a lot of useful information to help the learning curve.

HP Support & Drivers
http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html

Contact HP
http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/contact_us.html

HP Forums
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/

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Other information which might help :

Touch :  swipe, tap, and beyond
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/touch-swipe-tap-beyond

Touch and pen settings: Frequently asked questions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/touch-pen-settings-frequently-asked-questions

While on the Start Screen type - Help

Or Win Key + Q = Search Apps - Help

Or Charms Menu - Search - Apps - Help

After any of the above -> On left click -> Help and Support.

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Windows 8 Solution Center - on left side - Learn more
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/windows-8

Meet Windows - A beautiful Start
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/meet

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle <- Mark Twain said it right!

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
Microsoft MVP Windows and Devices for IT 2009 - 2020

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Okay, I probably deserved that kind of a statement, So let me understand that although this is suppose to be a forum to answer windows questions and issues, and you are suppose to have a group of individuals that are suppose to keep up on things, you'd rather pass the buck onto someone else? Okay, I can deal with that, why not just simply say, I DON'T KNOW!

If a more educated community can't answer my question, and Microsoft dosen't want to, then pass it on to HP? Give me a break, what makes you think HP wants anything to do with it.

I'm done, computer is in the trash, I'm not even going to return the darn thing..

Thanks anyway for the comments...

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Hi,

Well I do know however I can't just pour that information into your learning cup. So I suggested
sites where you can get high quality prepared information which will help with the learning
curve. You asked what to you seems to be a simple question however since you can't just make
Windows 8 look like Windows 7 there is no immediate simple answer.

HP made the computer you bought. As OEM they are responsible for both the proper operation
of the hardware and Windows. Therefore they have a lot of reasons to want to help you make
a successful transition to using Windows 8 both effectively and efficiently. So they also will have
detailed "How-To" and other help available. Their forums can be an excellent resource as there
will be others using the same exact model you have.

The other information I provided above shows how to access Help on the computer and more
information from the web.

We will definitely try to help with any issues you have however not all easy questions have easy
answers.

Rob - SpiritX


Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
Microsoft MVP Windows and Devices for IT 2009 - 2020

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Martin,

Just google it! ;)

Here is one of sites which describes how to make Win8 to look as Win7.

http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/how-to-get-a-windows-7-start-menu-in-windows-8-20110914/

I think you are like me when I start using Win8. I needed a pack of cigarettes not to get crazy but when I set my tiles and applications the work and fun is better than on earlier Win versions.

 

Give a chance to WIn8 :)

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Microsoft,

 

Please include an option to choose windows 7 interface within Windows 8.

 

I know you're promoting Windows 8, but it's not a good interface.

 

 

Thanks

AK

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Click the Desktop tile on your Start screen. That's the "Windows 7 interface".
"No matter where you are, everyone is connected"

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AK_666 is right. I like Metro UI but there should be a choice for Classic Start or Modern Start. However, I believe it did not happen because nobody would take time to learn new things. Modern UI wouldn't be so famous then.

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i can help you i can guide you through how to disable metro charms bar welcome screens  etc to have windows 8 up and running like 7 come back if you need further help

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Hi,

There is no Start Button or Start Menu in Windows 8.

Where is the Start menu?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/where-is-start-menu


Customize the Start Screen
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/start-screen#1TC=t1

Windows 8 does not have the Classic look available.

3rd party programs can help :

StarDock - Start8 - is $4.99 US
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Free

Classic Shell
http://www.classicshell.net/

Pokki
https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu

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From the Start Screen - Right Click then on lower right - All Apps

In the Windows Store there is a free program called "Windows 8 Cheat Keys" which is a good
tutorial especially for those without a Touch Screen. It would be even better if it were inteactive
so that clicking on a "Hotkey" description would also perform that function.

I keep a text file of Windows 8 Hotkeys on the Desktop which is handy. Too bad that is also not
interactive. It is 8-Keys and is accessible on my SkyDrive.

My SkyDrive
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=9ac481c015daee85&sc=documents&id=9AC481C015DAEE85%21125

Sure which some enterprising programmer would create a combination of "Windows 8 Cheat Keys"
and 8-keys so the actions would run from both the Start Screen as an App and from the DeskTop as a
an Application.

Hope this helps.


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Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
Microsoft MVP Windows and Devices for IT 2009 - 2020

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Ok, so you bought a new laptop or desktop and the dopey salesman told you you're out of luck and have to get Windows 8 since thats all microsoft is shipping. Well, its not the end of the world.

You can take it out of the box, set it up and live with it. Some people (not very many from what I'm reading) like the new Windows 8 interface but most do not. Or, you can make a few FREE modifications that I have tested and can tell you work very well.

1. Setting up windows 8 out of the box: You do NOT need to provide or setup a hotmail, livemail or any other microsoft account when setting up the machine. Read very carefully during installation and it will offer you the chance to "continue without setting up" any email whatsoever. It will warn you that syncing will not be as seamless if you continue but this is a lie and you can add any email account you choose later.

2. Suppressing the metro interface: The first thing to is download Classic Shell http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ This is must to getting the look and feel of Windows 7 or even XP back while utilizing the new beneficial features of Windows 8. Download it, install it, and it will ask you what style of start bar you want and you're good to go. Classic Shell will somewhat suppress the metro interface and boot directly to desktop. It will also put the start bar back (in the shape of a sea shell - classy!)

3. Adding gadgets: If you liked the Windows Vista and 7 Gadgets, you can get 'em back in short order from 8Gadgetpack http://8gadgetpack.bplaced.net/ This will offer you to put all the gadgets like weather, clock and calendar back and you won't have to call up the charm bar to see any of that, it will be right there on your desktop. It loads on startup and will stay there just like in Vista and Windows 7.

4. GEEK ALERT: Disabling the charm and switcher bar will require a simple (but scary) registry edit: Here's what to do you closeted-geeks:

Open the Run box by hitting Win+R, and then launch the Registry Editor by typing regedit into the box and hitting enter. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsCurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell, right-click in the right-hand pane and create a new key called EdgeUI. Select the key and in the right-hand pane create a new DWORD and call it DisableCharmsHint. Right-click the DWORD and select Modify. Change the Value Data to 1. This will stop the Charms bar appearing when you move your mouse to the top or bottom right-hand corners. Note, create a DWORD 32 even though windows 8 will most likely be in 64-bit.

Now,

Keeping that same key open, create a second new key and call it: DisableTLcorner Right-click it, after creation, modify its value to 1 as well and close the registry editor.

Congratulations! You've just disabled the Charm Bar and Switcher in one fell swoop! But you didn't remove them entirely and thats ok, because they do actually have some value and you may want to call them from time to time. You can now do this by moving you mouse to the absolute top right or left corner of the screen and they will appear.

Confused about this: See this excellent tutorial on modifying the registry for this procedure: http://www.howtogeek.com/127645/how-to-disable-the-charms-bar-and-switcher-hot-corners-in-windows-8/


5. Remove the lock screen: This is a screen which covers over your desktop or metro screen when not in use. You may or may not want to keep this. If you don't need to password protect your machine and don't want to have this feature active, you can turn it off and keep it inactive until you do want it. I would not recommend disabling this, just turning it off.
a. Type netplwiz in the Windows 8 start screen.
b. Choose your user account.
c. Uncheck the option: "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer"
d. Enter your password (if you have one assigned)
e. Restart your Windows 8 computer.

6. Removing annoying apps from the metro screen which interfere with the desktop: If you don't wish to have a metro app creep up on you while enjoying your new windows 8 desktop, simply, call up the charm bar (by going to the very top right-hand corner of the screen now), then clicking on the Start app that appears once the bar opens. This will take you back to metro. Find the app that is offending you and right click on it. A bar will appear across the bottom of the screen which will offer you the chance to uninstall it. Do so, and it is gone forever and will annoy you no more. Press Ctrl and Esc to get out of metro and back to the desktop.

Do all these things (which should take no more than a 1/2 hour) an you too, will have a windows 8 desktop that looks and feels just like Windows 7, Vista or XP depending on how you modified classic shell.

Thats it, just my take on the new Windows 8 - Hope this will help someone out there.

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