how can I revert Windows 8.1 Metro to a Windows 7 Classic desktop

Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

             I am interested in changing the Windows 8.1 Metro desktop to the Windows 7 Classic desktop while retaining the actual operating system.  If I am not mistaken, I believe I did ask this question some time back.  The procedure did involve downloading and installing Classicnet.  However, I am not sure how to go back within my actual archive of questions and check this.

            Any shared input and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

           Thank you

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also look at my article on ways to improve Windows 8.1. I do not add third party software - just use Windows 8.1 . Also give consideration to upgrading to Windows 10 as Metro has disappeared and the Windows 10 Start Menu is close to Windows 7 and very decent.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

           Using the link of  embedded within Joe's answer link to my older post about this topic, I was able to quickly and easily convert the Metro desktop of Windows 8.1 to a Classic desktop before taking the next step of upgrading to Windows 10.  The supplemental information given by John is certainly interesting.  If I am interpreting the crux of it correctly, am I correct in concluding that the upgrade to Windows 10 makes the desktop revert back to a "classic" appearance that can be equated with the results of Classic Shell?  If so, I certainly did not know that and will be kept in mind when carrying out future upgrades from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

            Thanks again for helpful feedback given in reply to my question.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 10 does not need Classic Shell. The Windows 10 Start Menu is a nice blend of Windows 7 and some helpful icons (optional if you do not want them), and need no added menu. I am using Windows 10 here.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Windows 10 does not need Classic Shell.

This, of course, is a matter of opinion — in this case, it is John's opinion. He is also on record as saying W8/8.1 does not need Classic Shell. I respect his opinion, but disagree with it. I am of the opinion that W8 and W10 (and, for that matter, W7) need Classic Shell. John's and mine are each just one person's opinion — you'll have to decide for yourself, George, what your own opinion is.

The developers of Classic Shell must certainly think that there's value in it for W10, as they put in features specifically for W10, shown in this screenshot:

Classic Shell W10 Settings
User Interface is a fascinating, and very personal, area. When Microsoft first came out with the Ribbon interface in Office 2007, some folks hated it, others loved it. Personally, I found the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) to be the only feature that made the Ribbon usable.

I've been using Windows in production since version 3.1 (usage before that was all in sandboxes). In my opinion, the UI of W95 was better than 3.1 and I immediately started using it; the UI of W98 was better than W95 and I immediately started using it; the UI of W2k was better than W98 and I immediately started using it; the good streak stopped there! I did not like the XP interface. Fortunately, Microsoft anticipated users like me and gave XP the capability to revert to the W2k interface, which I configured on all of my XP machines. In my opinion, Vista, W7, W8, W8.1, and W10 have continued the bad streak (although W10 is much better than W8/8.1). I prefer the W2k interface over all of them. The bad news is that after XP, Microsoft no longer offered a W2k interface in releases of Windows; the good news is Classic Shell. :)

All of this is one person's opinion. Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Everything is a matter of opinion and I encourage people to use what suits them.

That said, if Windows 8 had not been born (should not have been) Classic Shell never would have taken off.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> should not have been

Ah, something we agree on! :)

> Classic Shell never would have taken off

Make that two things! :)
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