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What is the program to convert a Win 8 desktop to a Win 7 desktop
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by:becraig
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There is a cheap program Start8 which I like:

You can give it a once over:
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/download.asp
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by:aadih
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Dan Craciun's advice about using Classic Shell is the best one on this issue (from the experience of using it on earlier Windows OS's since XP to use classic start menu, classic windows explorer and classic Internet explorer).

And it's absolutely free.
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by:becraig
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Good point aadih, I think I misunderstood the question asked.
I thought it was specifically for a Windows 7 look and feel, I did not realize the question was that he wanted a Classic look and feel (In which case you are both perfectly correct)

My recommendation does not fly in the instance where the request is not for something specifically win7
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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I recommend the excellent (and free!) Classic Shell:
http://www.classicshell.net/

I not only don't like the W8 interface, I don't like the W7/Vista and XP interfaces, so I've been using Classic Shell to give me the good old W2K (truly Classic!) interface on all of my Vista, W7, and W8 computers (on XP, I use its built-in capability to get the classic Start menu via Control Panel>Taskbar and Start Menu>Start Menu>Classic Start menu). In your case, since you specifically asked to make it look like the W7 desktop, you would select the W7 style, as pointed to by the red arrow in the screenshot below:

Classic Shell settings on W8 system
If you want just a Start menu, four other options are IObit's Start Menu 8 (free), ReviverSoft's Start Menu Reviver (free), Stardock's Start8 (not free, but currently just $4.99), and SweetLabs' Pokki (free).

Here's a relatively recent (16-Oct-2013) PCWorld article that discusses all five mentioned above for W8.1:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2054422/five-tools-to-bring-the-start-menu-back-to-windows-8-1.html

Also, here's a somewhat older (15-May-2013) but more comprehensive CNET review that discusses all of these programs and some others (except IObit's Start Menu 8) in great detail:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57496506-292/how-to-get-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8

The CNET review was published before W8.1, so it is about just W8 – if you are on 8.1 and you go with one of the products that is not in the PCWorld article, make sure that it works with 8.1.

All of that said, I strongly recommend Classic Shell, which has worked superbly for me on many computers. Regards, Joe
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Not so, becraig: Your advice is excellent. Thanks. Regards.
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by:Lionel MM
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check out this article--in addition to discussing menus (as done above) this one shows you how to go straight into the desktop without having to mess with Win8 Metro Apps and you also don't have to mess with the lock screen--go start to the desktop or the enter password screen. http://blog.laptopmag.com/make-windows-8-like-windows-7
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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