How to Make Windows 8 or 8.1 Look and Feel Like Windows 7


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 How to Make Windows 8 or 8.1 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

If you’ve been putting off upgrading to Windows 8 or 8.1, we have some good news for you. For those of you who haven’t installed the new OS yet because of the way it looks, there are ways that you can make your Windows 8 machine look and feel more like Windows 7. To learn more, keep reading. By the time you’re done, you’re going to be ready to install the latest and greatest from Microsoft.


Making Windows 8 look like Windows 7


Here’s a breakdown of some of the things you can do to make Windows 8.1 look more like Windows 7 so that you can work easier.


  • Boot to Desktop – One thing that will make it more familiar for you is to have Windows boot directly to the desktop. This is super simple to do and will help you avoid the new start screen if you don’t like it.

  • Start Button – The new start button is different than in Windows 7, but this is a good thing! You can download third party software to get the old version back, but you might be surprised if you take the time to look at all the new Windows 8 Start Button has to offer.

  • Start8 – This is a very cool program. While it’s $4.99, it allows you to very easily set-up your start menu so that it’s more like Windows 7 style. The amount of customization that you can do is really wild.

  • Windows 7 Aero theme – Another thing you can do is install the Windows 7 Aero theme. Luckily, this is super easy to do. Once you have it installed, you’re going to think you downgraded your software, but don’t worry! You’re going to have the power and stability of Windows 8.1 while having the look and feel of Windows 7.

Windows 8 comes with so many different features and software built-in to the operating system. For example, if you need a dependable app developer, Windows 8 can help you find one and schedule a time for them to be completed with the task. Yes, you could do this with Windows 7, but the new OS from Microsoft makes it so much easier – not to mention you can access the data on a tablet computer.


That’s not all. There are so many wonderful things that you can do with Windows 8, it’s amazing that more people haven’t yet made the switch. If you’ve been hesitant to upgrade, just remember that you can get Windows 8 to look like Windows 7 – if you want. Many people learn to love the new Windows 8.1 format after using it a while. What about you? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!