Downgrading From Windows 8 To 7: What You Need To Know
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:34 AM
I thought ... the last paragraph was going to be, something like, burn a disc with a recent non-Microsoft operating system of your choice, with the Desktop environment of your choice, run it 'live', and see if it's closer to what you've been used to. Contrary to what the article describes, this "process" would indeed be simple -- and reversible, since if the result wasn't what one expected, Windows 8 would still be there.
Then, if that doesn't work out, you can always give Dell $290, the amount mentioned above, and go back to Windows 7.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:38 AM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:00 AM
Where have you been hiding? All you need is to add back the start menu and you essentially have Windows 7 with an optional set of Metro Apps. I use Classic Shell (free). Start8 is quite good ($5).
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:18 AM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:22 AM
i have been contemplating upgrading from vista to win8, but i really don't desire to reinstall all my programs simply because win8 doesn't grandfather the installed programs during the upgrade.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:54 AM
I have to agree. Another site that panned the financial prospects of win8 had a number of glowing win8 posts in the 1st page and then it turned to page after page of negative posts.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:58 AM
Or maybe some people actually like it... Like me... And no, I do not work for microsoft.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:10 AM
EXACTLY. That is precisely what I am doing.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:38 AM
You're absolutely right.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:26 PM
This is supposed to be something new? I can already tell you who most of them are here!
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:27 PM
I predict it will be gone by Windows 10 -- which will run Metro apps *only*, I also predict that Ballmer will be announcing this in the near future...
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:43 PM
I've done this many times to reinstall OS's and other MS software for customers who have lost them. The author should check this out and publish the download links.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:58 PM
Guess what? Some of us like it! I'm tired of all the conspiracy theories about Microsoft. Would you please stop attacking those of us who like Windows quite a lot? Yes, we exist! No, I don't receive anything from Microsoft for anything! You are alienating people because of your strong prejudices against Microsoft. I know quite a few strong Apple fans who are way more mature in their responses to pro-Microsoft attitudes, including mine.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:58 PM
Ummm, someone already has. $5 buys you Start8 (other options are available for free) which replace the missing start menu, let you boot directly to the desktop and disable all Metro hot corners. Aside from the new windows chrome (which a- I have no idea why it's called chrome and b- I actually like the clean look of 8 to the more gaudy Aero look of 7), it is, for all intents and purposes, the Windows 7 desktop.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:03 PM
I'm not generally a conspiracy theorist, but I have to admit, some of the comments I've read in articles like these make me believe this. In general, I like Windows 8, but some commenter rabidly portraying it (and specifically Metro) as the second coming strain credibility to such a degree that you HAVE to question if they're actually being paid to post, countering opposing views. I have absolutely no trouble believing Microsoft would go so far as to do that.