windows 8.1

Hi experts,

Is there a way I can change the feel and look of windows 8.1 to be the same as windows 7. I can not even create a shortcut on my desktop for vpn connection and it going under the wireless lists. I have this interface so far.

Can I have instructions how to create a vpn connection using domain and server ip address in this windows 8
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You can do this with 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 interface, so I've been using Classic Shell to give me the good old W2K (truly Classic!) interface on all of my Vista, W7, W8/8.1, and W10 computers. Of course, since you prefer W7, you'll configure Classic Shell to give you that interface on W8.1:

Classic Shell W7 UI on W8
Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial that explains how to download, install, and configure Classic Shell — all of which happens in the 5-minute video, although you may want to spend another 10-15 minutes configuring its large number of options:
Make Windows 8 Look Like Earlier Versions of Windows with Classic Shell

Regards, Joe
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look at my article on ways to improve Windows 8.1. I do not buy any software to do this. It looks and feels like Windows 7

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/16620/Ways-to-improve-Windows-8.html

Also, if the machine came with Windows 8 / 8.1 and is less than 3 years old, consider upgrading it to Windows 10. I did that and Windows 10 works great.
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the help I am sorry I did not want to install any new app on this computer. I will go with John suggestion and this may have improved what I wanted to see.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@smartmanwin - Thanks and you are most welcome. The computing body tends to be split on adding software. I am in the camp that does not.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> I did not want to install any new app on this computer.

Fair enough. But if you change your mind on that and want your W8.1 to look like your W7 system, give Classic Shell a spin. I have it installed on many, many computers (everything from Vista through W10) with nary a problem — and I love having a consistent user interface across all versions of Windows. That said, good luck with John's approach. Regards, Joe
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