How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

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Windows 7 screenshotIf you want to use Windows 10 and it's new features (or have to use Windows 10 for various reasons) but would be happier with the Windows 7 interface, then this article is a must read.
The article outlines 15 ways to make Windows 10 look and feel like Windows 7, getting you as close to the familiar Windows 7 interface as possible. Windows 10 has made some improvements over Windows 8 (bringing back the Start menu for one) but it's still quite a difference to anyone using Windows 7. With Windows 8, installing a Start Menu Replacement made Windows 8 look and act like Windows 7 for the most part. In Windows 10, it's not quite as easy.
Here's a list of the various changes that make Windows 10 more like Windows 7:

  • Windows 7 like Start Menu
  • Aero Glass Transparency
  • Disable the Lock Screen
  • Remove Cortana search box from the taskbar
  • Disable Windows Explorer ribbon
  • Disable Quick Access
  • Disable Action Center
  • Install desktop gadgets
  • Get Windows 7 like folders
  • Uninstall and remove Edge browser
  • Get rid of default modern apps
  • Use a local account to sign in
  • Enable the classic Personalization window
  • Set Windows 7 wallpaper as your desktop background

Here are two additional helpful Windows 10 articles - one on blocking Windows 10 updates (I'm not in favor of forced updates), and this article has options for Home versions of Windows 10. Windows Pro and up have some options for blocking Windows Updates that the Home version doesn't. The other one addresses six of the most common Windows 10 annoyances and how to fix them.
Block Windows 10 forced updates without breaking your machine
Six Windows 10 annoyances: How to make them go away for good

You may have noticed that there are 14 (instead of 15) items listed. I left off the "Install Windows 7 games" because the link goes to a forum where you have to register to see the information. You can find a direct link to the download listed in our article here: Get Classic Windows 7 Games in Windows 8 and 10 for Free.

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Already did most of it.

The first time i saw Windows 8, i said "Windows 8 is ugly and its mama dresses it funny".

I see no reason to say the same about W10.

Another excellent article from Gizmo, although this says a little about us stick-in-the mud, Luddite PC users - and an awful lot more about Windows 10 and Microsoft's superior attitude to its customers' righteous gripes. Or is Microsoft simply overwhelmed? Page after page of teeth-gnashing rage on its feedback pages might suggest the latter. What I love is Microsoft using thousands of people as unpaid testers before announcing, "Right, folks. We've heard what we need from you lot, so after July you'll have to pay to install our operating system." Ah, the ring of the cash-register!

I've bitten the bullet with Windows 10 and learnt to use it...sort of. It's not bad, once you'be handled the dozens of needless and futile changes that never needed to be; and it should get better, as more third parties are persuaded to contribute to its "Apps". Yet borrowing terms from Google is an invidious move. It drives home how backward Microsoft Edge and Hotmail (are we still allowed to call it that?) are even now, compared to Google Chrome. And you realise that, on so many levels, Microsoft still doesn't bother to listen.

Three cheers for quietly dumping the best features of Windows 7, including the invaluable Media Center and Windows Movie Maker. (Movie Maker is still available amongst Microsoft Essentials, so we grab it whilst we can.) Three cheers for updating our most expensive versions of Windows 7 and 8 with Windows 10 in its bare bones. Three cheers more making us pay to use the latest versions of Word and Office on a yearly basis. Three cheers, MS, for simply being YOU. ;)

+1 to Stephen J; you are perfectly correct and spot on with your observations.

It gets even worse when you start to really think about the driving factors behind all that.

I can not post a link to my blog here but if you go to pcejh.com and there you open October 2012 you'll find my article "What does Microsoft want to do with Windows 8?" and in January 2014 you will find another rant of mine. By following the links supplied in these articles you should get a fairly decent picture of what all is behind Windows 8 and 10.

In a few words: IMHO Microsoft wants a bigger slice of the billions of advertising money that is out there for grabs. That's all that is behind Windows 8/10.

I fully agree with Stephen Jackson's analysis of Microsoft. So much so that I have begun the process of moving away from Microsoft products in favor of Linux. I am one of those unpaid "MS software evaluators" BUT I did receive a "FREE" copy of Windows 10 - WHOOPEE!. For all the hours I've responded to MS inquires I could buy my own copy of Win 10 ten times over. I have a small computer repair business so I must retain working samples of various MS Windows versions. Recently, most of my customer repairs are repairing Windows 7 failing updates. It seems MS could not care less about legacy OS's or are, indeed, as Stephen says, overwhelmed.

However, for my "everyday drivers" I have migrated to Linux Mint, (Ubuntu is too bloated for me). I am amazed how Linux just plain works - always. There is no need for any MS phone home "pirated copy" checks, any extra cost adders, or any of the MS controls, lockouts, various $$$ versions, and my pet peeve, EULA: "MS retains the right to control your computer and what is added as content". The more I use Linux the more I like it, AND IT"S FREE!

Bob Peterson

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