Alexander: Turning back your PC's clock from Windows 8 to Windows 7

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 4:57 PM

Q: I recently bought a Windows 8 laptop, and the only thing I don’t like about the PC is Windows 8. I want to replace Windows 8 with the more familiar Windows 7. How can I do this?

  • 9
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
  • 1 - 9 of 9
herby2013Apr. 24, 13 6:57 AM

Windows 8 is an awful, horrendous operating system. It is completely unsuitable for any type of office work or anything requiring productivity. Problem is that unless you order your computer direct from the manufacturer, you are going to have Windows 8 installed on any computer you buy at a retail store. Rumor has it that Microsoft has finally realized its mistake with the Windows 8 layout and is preparing an optional update to make the operating system look and behave more like traditional Windows with the normal Start button and eliminating the tiles, swiping, etc. I would not recommend any type of third-party software to make Windows 8 more like traditional operating systems. Installing third-party software to integrate with the OS creates an additional area for potential problems and security vulnerabilities. Rather than spending another $200 or more to downgrade to Windows 7, anyone unfortunate enough to have bought a computer with Windows 8 installed should wait a few months and see if Microsoft reverses their huge error in judgement as rumored with the Windows 8.1 update.

5
2
stevee952Apr. 24, 1310:09 AM

Look around on TigerDirect, NewEgg, MicroCenter, and even Best Buy and Amazon. You can still buy laptops with Windows 7 on them.

3
1
davehougApr. 24, 1311:11 AM

How many times can a big company survive getting their customers REALLY ticked off???

5
1
cbriansApr. 24, 13 3:56 PM

You might be better off not trying to downgrade. It sounds like you have a new computer, you may have driver issues when you try to downgrade. I wanted my Ultrabook to boot faster, so I "upgraded" to Windows 8. And like you I did not like Windows 8. "Metro" was constantly intruding. I did find a way to remove most of "Metro" so that it did not constantly interfere. I would post a link to my blog post, but that's not allowed here. You can probably find it with a Google Search: "How to Live with Windows 8". Anyway it is a set of steps that makes Windows 8 work the way Windows 7 did. I've found that without "Metro", Windows 8 is generally better than Windows 7. Faster booting, lots of nits fixed.

1
0
fuhrmannApr. 24, 13 6:17 PM

Some people just need to hate the new even if they have no clue. Check out http://ask-leo.com/theres_just_no_need_to_hate_windows_8.html for how a less than ideal change over works.

0
3
dennis6966Apr. 26, 13 8:49 PM

I have a new laptop with Windows 8 also. I hate it. Somebody finally explained Windows 8 to me as "it is making the laptop behave like a cell phone display". That finally made sense to me, but I STILL have it.

1
0
pitythefoolsApr. 27, 13 6:08 PM

I don't get the issue with Windows 8. Click on "Desktop" and the traditional Windows 7 desktop appears. Whenever you login, as long as you were on the desktop before, you log into the desktop. You never have to see the tiles again. It boots much, much faster, and the only thing that is missing is the start button. There are all kinds of free start buttons to download that work perfectly.

It's clear that this was an attempt to "ease" people into the tablet/tile interface, but that interface is of no use on a PC and it backfired. Just use the desktop.

Now, talk about Office 2013. Now THAT's a piece of crap. No wonder they sell it for $9.95.

1
1
wallyworldmnMay. 18, 13 1:50 PM

Just suggest that people load classic shell and select the Windows 7 style. It will allow the machine to always come up in the desktop mode. As an OS, Windows 8 in desktop mode is stable, fast and looks much like Windows 7. This is more about the fact that people don't like change as opposed to it not working. The metro/desktop interface also offers options to hard core users that want to use with dual monitors in a rather new and unique way. Yes, I think that Microsoft needs to listen to the PC community and let us choose how to use our software. I've been using W8 for over a year and mostly in desktop mode. It works great with the start button returned.

1
1
halwadeJun. 16, 13 3:02 PM

Some of the comments, here and elsewhere, refer to "downgrading" from Windows 8 to Windows 7. From my experience, the term should be "upgrading" from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Windows ME Abomnibal ("a bomb") Windows Vista Abomnibal ("a bomb") Windows 8 Abomnibal ("a bomb")

0
0
  • 1 - 9 of 9

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT