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Windows 7 Desktop on Windows 8 platform?

by anguschinkle / March 26, 2013 7:25 AM PDT

I have been told that somewhere on CNET there is an app that can be downloaded that will give you the option of a Windows 7 Desktop on the Windows 8 platform.

Can somebody help me out on its location?

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Research these titles. One's free.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 7:43 AM PDT
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Re: app
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 7:45 AM PDT
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No extra software required
by 3rdalbum / March 27, 2013 5:33 PM PDT

Click on the "Desktop" tile on the Windows 8 start screen.

Pretty close to the Windows 7 desktop.

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Three to try
by Zouch / March 29, 2013 7:49 PM PDT

you might want to try ClassicShell (free), Start8 from Stardock (free to try then about $5, I think) or Vistart (free, my preferred option). Find them all through Google. As a commercial product, Start8 might have a longer life/better support.

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You have it right now click Desktop tile or
by remmeler / March 30, 2013 2:16 AM PDT

1. load any Desktop application automatically at start up like StickyNotes and you will boot directly to Desktop.
2. Mouse to the left corner and right click on the Start Icon that appears (Program and Features, Power Options, Device Manager, Task Manager, etc).
3. Click or right click on the file folder on the bottom strip and you will have file explorer (Downloads, Pictures, Documents Music, Disk Drives, Computer, etc)
4. and to turn off, you have three choices - Press the Off Switch (yes, it is ok), or Ctl, Alt, Del or mouse to the right corner and click on setting and Power and shut down or click on Search or whatever you want to do.

Yes, it is a little different, but not much. Just three things to remember and they all give you a few more options than the old start icon did. Did it ever make sense to click on Start to Shut Down.

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You can have less used applications on Modern/Metro screen
by remmeler / March 30, 2013 7:12 AM PDT

If you want techie things like Systems Information, Defrag, Resource Monitor, disk cleanup, Systems Monitor, etc at you fingertips you can have them loaded all at one time as tiles on the Modern/Metro screen. Then you can get rid of any tiles you don't want or make them smaller or larger.

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