Windows 8.1 Keep the speed with a Windows 7 Look

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How would you like the fast boot speeds of Windows 8.1?

Why is this a cool question? In my humble opinion, I believe by and large people would have accepted and purchased Windows 8; if Microsoft would have kept the same user interface people have been using since Windows XP to Windows 7. Even Windows 95 comes to mind when referencing the well-designed start menu and workable interface.  Windows 8.1 requires too much movement to find and activate a program. The frustration of the user interface compounds the quirks new Windows operating systems (OS) often have when they first arrive in stores as people wait for some security pack or major software update to fix them.   If the consumers were given a choice to revert back to a classic Windows 7 interface, people would have been more forgiving with waiting for the device drivers and software updates.

You have read the commentary on this subject, now know you can have your ‘cake and eat it too.’ “Classic Shell” will make life easier for you in this area!

“Classic Shell”     is a free software program that will revert your Windows 8 interface into the  familiar Windows 7 interface.

With over 10 million downloads, this software is popular for a reason. Here are the main features to consider:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
  • Find programs, settings, files and documents
  • Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

I hope the above helps you in some way. Especially if you have Windows 8.1 and you are not enjoying the experience. Well let me tell you now, install classic shell and enjoy the fast boot times and enjoy the experience. Just using the defaults will show you a big improvement.

Who knows, maybe Microsoft will make a smart business decision for Windows 9. What would this smart decision be? Simply to provide a choice of interface; the metro, or the start menu look, that consumers overwhelmingly want.



James Lynch

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  1. Brian Pacheco March 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I just slapped StartisBack on Windows 8 and that’s that. I don’t see why people hate it so much. There are alternatives if you don’t like something about the system. I haven’t seen this much hate since Vista when it’s actually a pretty intuitive system. Agree with you 100% on all these suggestions.

    • Jerin Saji March 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      I agree with you. I made my own post about this.. I really think that Windows 8 has received too much undeserved hate. I respect the media people’s opinions but I think the sheer amount of them just completely put this negative aura around Windows 8. This aura has prevented consumers from even trying it out. That is why I think a free Windows 8 would be good path because it gives consumers a chance to experience Windows 8 and come to their own conclusions.
      Just like James Lynch said, Windows 8 has its pros and cons. If you would like to take advantage of the pros and not experience the cons (like stupid start button), there are alternative third-party options that bring back a Windows 7-like experience.
      Personally, I love the Metro-Interface on my dual-monitor setup. It gives me a place to organize all of my apps and keep my Desktop clean.
      Overall, great post James!

  2. Aaron Babitzke March 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    The problem is that Microsoft changed the UI. Look at this from a business prospective, people you have on staff know how to use previouse versions of windows and up to now (from win 95 on) the UI’s core layout has been pretty much the same. Here comes windows 8 with all of these changes, your employees now have yo learn the UI, this can translate into time and $$$ that would not have happened if they would have had a transition option programmed into the system on setup. Metro is OK for a touch screen, but really most workstations an employer is not going to fork the money out for a touch screen. Windows need a new design I’m not arguing that, but not giving an option to have the old start button has cost them. The GNOME project has had the same issue with their Linux DE/UI, but I find there changes a little less intrusive; metro is just confusing when not using touch.

  3. Steve March 30, 2014 at 12:59 am

    I agree. Windows 8 is very functional, secure and fast. Adding “classic shell” makes life wonderful.

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