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Missing the Windows 7 Look on your Windows 8? Here is How to Get it Back

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As the old saying goes, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

This saying holds when it comes to operating systems just as it does in every other life situation. If you aren’t happy with the lack of the Start button in Windows 8, there is nothing to worry about. It is easy to take matters into your own hands and revert to the look you always love, together with the famous desktop as well as a number of other familiar features with Windows 7.

The release of Windows 8 was not met with smiles as many users across the globe felt the loyalty they had shown Microsoft for the past more than 20 years had been betrayed in a single move. May be this was as a result of the peculiar trait of humans in general. This is something to do with human’s outlook towards changes.

Making improvements in our lives is a constant virtually all humans exhibit. As such, it should not come as any surprise that Microsoft was unable to pull back when the time for updating their OS came. An operating system that had been in use for more than 20 years and many had mastered it perfectly. This obsession drove Microsoft towards rolling out new updates. In addition, there was need to keep more than 100, 000 employees occupied and as such, there came Windows 8.

The strangest thing about Windows 8 was the exclusion of the Start button as well as hiding the desktop – the icon-decorated screen that used to welcome users when logging into Windows. Well, if you are that kind of person who hates improvements or maybe you simply hate the appearance of Windows 8 and at the same time miss that of Windows 7, you can get things back to normal in a few easy steps.

One thing you should however do to start with is ensure you are working on Windows 8.1 and in this version; you can easily start into the desktop mode and in the process bypass the newly installed and improved tile-based appearance.

Upgrade from your Current Windows Version to Windows 8.1

As earlier noted, you can bypass the tile-based look in Windows 8.1 and start directly in the desktop. In order to do so, follow these simple steps carefully.

  1. Make sure you create a backup of your most important files. To do this, swipe in from the right of your screen and then choose “Search”. From there, enter the search parameters “File History Settings” and follow the resulting instructions to complete the backing up process. However, make sure you have an external storage device for this purpose, probably a flash disk.
  2. Click or touch on the “Store” tile located on the Start screen page.
  3. From there, you can proceed and choose to update to the free Windows 8.1 and then download it. After the update is complete, restart your PC and sign in.

Configuration of the Startup Desktop

  1. Click on the “Desktop” tile from the start page to launch the desktop.
  2. Follow it by right clicking on the taskbar.
  3. Choose the “Properties” option and then select the “Navigation” tab you see in the resulting box.
  4. Scroll down and in the dialog box, check the box labeled “When I sign in or close all apps on the screen go to Desktop instead of Start” and then click OK.

The settings will be activated when you restart your PC and you’ll skip directly into the Desktop mode rather than the tile-based page. While logged into the desktop mode, you can check out for the new in Windows 8.1 icon that is located at the bottom left corner of your screen. This is basically a start button and by clicking on it, you’ll be alternated between the classic desktop page and the tile-based start page.

You now have the traditional Windows appearance back on your screen again. You can enjoy using the desktop instead of the tile-based version of the start page that is a characteristic of Windows 8. Now this is what an improvement is all about.