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Leaving the Windows 8 interface for a more familiar XP or 7 style

March 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Many customers who are upgrading or replacing their computers because of the end of life support for XP have seen or bought a Windows 8 computer. The new desktop and applications quite often frighten them. Microsoft went to extremes when they changed to the “Metro App” format from the basic layout of XP, Vista and 7.

Fortunately several people and business have stepped up to help out. They have programs that help with bringing back the old desktop style of interface. Some of these programs are free while other are pay for. One such free program is called Classic Shell and I have been using it for over a year on one of my test machines.

Not only does it bring back the ‘normal’ view but has a lot of flexibility by simply changing the settings. You can download it at I have created a PDF from a power point presentation that shows many of the settings, you can download it here.

So if you have a Windows 8 computer but want the look and feel of the ‘desktop’ you are used to, go on over and use Classic Shell.

Until we meet again, have a virus free week.

Tags: Software

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review // Jan 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    […] Windows 8.1 is well, Win 8.1. I am coming to like it but still prefer to use Classic Shell to make Windows 8 look and act more like Windows 7. You can read my review on Classic Shell here. […]

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