How Do I Downgrade from Windows 8 or 10 to Windows 7?

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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.

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Can I ignore Windows 8.1 and stick with Windows 8?

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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.

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Does Windows 8 Have XP Mode?

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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.

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How Do I Shut Down Windows 8?

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.

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Three tips to make Windows 8 less annoying

Windows 8 gets a bad rap.

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?”

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Should I wait for the next edition of Windows?

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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.

Let me explain why I feel that way.

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Why is Norton preventing me from installing Classic Shell?

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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.

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Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

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:

It depends.

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