I have a laptop with Windows 10 and I want to downgrade it to Windows 7 but unfortunately, to go about this seems very confusing. Can you assist me or provide me with the steps to go about doing the downgrade? In addition, can you let me know if there are any setbacks that I’ll face if in fact I do perform this downgrade successfully?
Downgrading is a pretty simple process. It’s not easy, but it is simple.
I am going to start by trying to talk you out of doing it at all. In my mind, there is rarely a reason to downgrade from Windows 10 or 8.1 to Windows 7. But knowing that sometimes there are reasons, I will tell you how.
I have an Asus all in one purchased in August 2013 with Windows 8. I had a few issues after updating it to Windows 8.1 which I was not able to solve even with the help the Asus technicians, who I might say are pretty much useless, so I reinstalled Windows 8 and all is fine now. My question is this: Can I stay with Windows 8 and ignore the update message for 8.1?
Yes, you can stay with Windows 8 but I’d rather you didn’t. And I think in the long run, you’d rather upgrade too.
A while ago, you gave some very helpful information on how to create a local account on my Windows 8.1 laptop. I followed this advice because I don’t want my documents to be stored on SkyDrive except when I want them to be. I did this with a Windows 7 Netbook using Boxcryptor to encrypt stuff held on Sky Drive. This worked really well; it allowed me to store stuff on the Netbook or Sky Drive as I decided. My problem is with Win 8.1, I’m really missing Minesweeper but I can’t find a trustworthy download to play on my PC except as a Windows app.
All the downloads I’ve tried seemed to end up with potentially unwanted programs which malwarebytes warns me about. In desperation, I started to install the Win 8.1 app but was asked to sign in to my Microsoft account. This then told me that any documents I create will be stored on Sky Drive, which I don’t want so I canceled the process. I want to decide if I put stuff on Sky Drive or on my local computer. The impression I get is that by signing into my Microsoft account, I’m abandoning my local account. Is that correct? Can I sign into the Microsoft account but then log out and back into my local machine account easily or as easily as with Windows 7? If this is possible, what’s the procedure? I find Windows 8.1 really confusing and just can’t see how to do it.
There are actually two scenarios here that I think are getting confused a little bit. And absolutely, Microsoft has done a wonderful job of making things confusing. Let’s see if we can clear some of this up.
Many people (myself included) were surprised to find that after updating Windows 8 to 8.1, their login had changed from the traditional machine or “local” account to a Microsoft account that was requested as part of the upgrade installation.
There may indeed be many pros to using a Microsoft account, but the upgrade definitely made it look like a required change.
Fortunately for people like me who prefer local machine accounts for a variety of reasons, it’s quick and easy to revert.
XP mode in Windows 8 doesn’t work. I tried it anyway. Microsoft only offered the Windows 7 XP mode. I have some old DOS games that either returned an error or crashed. I don’t know if it’s because I now have a 64-bit processor.
The problems that you’re experiencing could be happening for any number of reasons, but I suspect that those games are just fundamentally incompatible with Windows 8 and 64 bits.
Sure, XP mode isn’t available on Windows 8, but you can do something almost exactly like it.
I was having a discussion with an acquaintance the other day and he mentioned that he knew someone who had a two-hour phone call with some form of tech support, trying to figure out how to shut down Windows 8.
Now, I get that it’s not obvious. I even get that it’s frustrating until you discover the magic.
But … two hours?
Because it’s not obvious, particularly to Windows 8 newcomers, let me quickly show you how.
Admittedly, Microsoft could have done more to ease the transition. They made some significant changes to the user interface – changes that are both jarring visually (i.e. the tiled Start screen), and confusing to use (the “removal” of the Start menu). Throw in a couple of design decisions that can at best be considered questionable and I can certainly understand people’s confusion.
Recently, I was helping a friend who works at a library and is faced with trying to answer Windows 8-related questions without actually having any Windows 8 computers at the library.
I asked myself, “What are the top three things that I would tell people to make using Windows 8 a little easier?”
My computers have Windows XP. As Microsoft will no longer issue updates after next year, I was wondering if I should wait for Windows 8.1? I’ve heard so many negative things about Windows 8 that I’m hesitant to buy it. I’m a senior citizen and just use my computer for the internet and email so I only need the basic. I’m told Windows 7 is more user friendly and I’m wondering if maybe that would be my best bet?
If there’s nothing prompting you to upgrade or change now, then I would wait.
8.1 will probably resolve some of the issues that people had with Windows 8, but not all of them. It is still Windows 8 and it’s an incremental improvement.
I know Windows 8 has cause a lot of grumbling. But it’s fine. It really is.
My Norton Internet Security won’t let me have the Classic Shell for Windows 8 that you recommended. It takes it right out as soon as I download it. Any more suggestions for a similar product?
I don’t have any personal recommendations for similar product. I’ve had other people recommend things like Start8 from Stardoc.com. It’s not free, but it does the same thing and while a lot of people seem fairly happy with it, I just have no direct experience with it.
But I’m more concerned about Norton kicking out Classic Shell. It shouldn’t do that and I’m concerned that there may be something else going on here.
Windows 8 has caused a fair amount of excitement on the interwebs and some of it seems to be fairly polarized – there are those who already love it and those who can’t stand it, often without having even seen it in person.
It’s not surprising really because Windows 8 represents a fairly radical change in some of Windows’ most common user interfaces.
Should you upgrade? Well, that gets you my most common answer ever: