Change can be challenging when you become accustomed to an interface display. Windows 8 presents an entirely new platform, which is vastly different from all of its predecessors. The new technology opens doors like never before, but if you want the latest operating system complete with some of the old features of Windows 7, you have several options.
The Start screen is the default landing page when you power up your Windows 8 computer
, as opposed to the desktop in previous versions. If you would like to revert back to the default desktop, download Skip Metro Suite. This free program allows you to not only skip the Start screen in favor of the desktop, but also to disable all the “hotspots” that prompt a menu to appear. For instance, the Charms bar will no longer appears simply by placing your cursor in the top or bottom right corner of the screen.
Some Windows 8 users do not mind the new functionalities that come with it, but miss the Aero glass effects and overall look of WIndows 7. No options currently exist to get all those neat translucent effects back, but several apps are available that partially restore them. UxStyle is a free application that allows your system to install third-party themes. Deviant Art also offers a Windows 7 theme in the form of a downloadable zip file. Despite warnings that say otherwise, the theme will work for Windows 8.1 as well.
One of the most common complaints about Windows 8 is the lack of a Start button. One option to restore it is a program called Start8. It cost a few bucks, but is simple to use and has received positive reviews from several large publications. Another option is Classic Shell. A Stardock Corporation product, the program allows you to choose from the XP, Vista/7 or “classic” design.