Make Your Windows 8.1 Work like Windows 7

You should know that it is not new when Windows releases a new operating system every now and then. That is, of course, create a better one to suit the changing needs of its clientele and users and also to address issues that the older versions might have had. As much as this is true, the outcome is not always the same and the goal is not always achieved. Yes, there have been a lot of Windows operating systems that have captured a wide market, but there have also been some that have not made it so far. Among the recent ones is the Windows 8.

What About Windows 8?

When it was released, it immediately made headlines because it was Windows. However, many types of feedback were received and most of these were negative. Apparently, it was not very friendly to users who were used to the more popular mouse and keyboard. So then Windows released Windows 8.1 with the aim of correcting the problems of the previous release. Still, it did not make it too far.

You Can Still Do Something With Your Windows 8

Are you among those who rode on the bandwagon and shifted to the Windows 8 operating system? Are you currently having problems because it does not meet your needs? Then worry no more because this article will tell you exactly how you can tweak your current operating system to make it function like windows 7.

How Make It Function Like Windows 7?

  1. Shift boot to desktop. You may notice that instead of a desktop screen, you are getting a Metro Start screen, which keeps you from accessing the Windows desktop. What you need to do is to go to the desktop screen which is possible. Do this by right clicking the taskbar and selecting properties. This will display the taskbar and navigation properties dialog box. From there, select go to the desktop.
  2. New Start Button. You will notice in windows 8 and 8.1 that there is a Start button but there is no Start Menu. So what you can do is to right-click this button that will bring you another menu of Programs and Features, Power Options, Event View, Device Manager, Network Connections, Disk Management, PowerShell, File Explorer, and more.
  3. Use the App view. Instead of using the Start Screen, it is better to use the Apps View because it shows you a list of all the applications you have installed. You can do this by opening the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialogue box and then selecting the Show the apps view automatically when I go to Start.
  4. Use the Desktop and Taskbar. Let us face it. Old habits die hard and that goes true as well for using the mouse and the keyboard. So to make your Windows 8.1 experience more interesting and useful, you better use the desktop and taskbar by going to the Start screen or Apps view, clicking an item and choosing pin to taskbar. Now, for your desktop shortcuts, you can do this by going to the start screen and then clicking the arrow that appears, as this will display the apps view. From there, you can choose the items that you want to have a desktop shortcut for. Next, you click file locations from the popup menu. If you right-click these and select send to and then desktop, you can create the shortcut.
  5. Libraries View in File Explorer. Remember how convenient it was for you to have the Libraries view from File Explorer? You can still use this with your existing Windows 8 system by opening file explorer from your desktop and selecting the view tab in the ribbon. Finish it by clicking the navigation pane button and then selecting show libraries.
  6. Have the ability to play DVDs. You now know that Windows removed this feature in Windows 8. If you are using Windows 8.1, you need to download Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for $99.99 or the Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack for $9.99. However, why spend this much if you can get the VLC media player for free?
  7. Show desktop background on the start screen. By opening the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialogue box and choosing Show my desktop background on start, you can put that desktop background on your start screen for better accessibility.
  8. Make use of the keyboard shortcuts. You remember how convenient it was for you to use the shortcuts on the keyboard and not having to hover the cursor with your mouse? You are lucky enough to have most of these shortcuts in your Windows 8.1. Among these are alt+tab for switching between apps, alt+f4 for closing the current application, Win to shift your screen from desktop to start screen, and Win+D to display the desktop. You can also use ctrl+c to copy and ctrl+v to paste.

As to why Windows made Windows 8 like this, only the company knows. But at least, there is a lot you can do now to make it function like the good old Windows 7 and for everything we love about this old Windows operating system.