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I don't normally keep copies of programs on this site - instead there are links to the download pages of the copyright owners. This means you always download an up-to-date version of the program. While I don't have any use for continual updating (change = trouble) it seems reasonable to start a new install with an up-to-date version.

The exception to this rule is if I can't find the original author's site.

W I N D O W S8

i n t r o d u c t i o n
Everybody hates Windows 8.

Which is unfair, if you get rid of the silly 'touch' interface the underlying desktop is still there. Its even improved over Win7 in some ways; its faster, has better multi-screen handling, et al.

Not as pretty as Windows 7 though.

Buy & install Start8 and set it to emulate a complete start button/menu and boot straight into the desktop. Then forget about the 'touch' menu system 'cos you'll never use it.

I've been running Win8 like this since it was invented and not seen the 'touch' menu except to check it was still there. I've only had one problem and turning off updates cured that.

If you've decided you really hate 8 all is not lost. There are a number of things you can do:
oMicrosoft's free upgrade program
oBuy a copy of Windows 7
oRead the rest of these pages on Win8 - I'll try to change your mind...

M i c r o s o f t ' sf r e e' u p g r a d e 'p r o g r a m
If you've purchased a computer with Win8 on it and decided you don't like it, for certain versions of Win8 you are entitled to a free 'upgrade' to Win7. Microsoft don't call it an upgrade of course.

I think to move from Win8 to Win7 you have to wipe the hard drive. That's safer than upgrading an existing installation anyway. You just need to ensure all your files are backed up.

B u yac o p yo fW i n d o w s 7
The second option, pretty much same as the first. If you don't qualify for an 'upgrade' you'll have to buy a copy of Win7. Try to make sure you get a copy of Win7 with Bitlocker on it (either Win7pro or Win7ult).

It is possible to upgrade from 8 but its best not to. I haven't trusted Microsoft's upgrade installs since the fiasco of going from Windows98 to Windows98se.

Wipe the hard drive and install Win7. Check backups first etc.

S o r t i n gO u t8
This is the cheapest option...

Anyone who's seen this site before will know that I rebuild operating systems to suit my way of doing things rather than try to accommodate to a new layout every time Microsoft has a new set of whims.

Once you've installed Start8 and got rid of MS's 'touch' screens Win8 becomes very similar to Win7 and easy to use. In fact its so similar I could just refer to the Win7 setup section. I use the same programs and put the same shortcut folders on the taskbar.


With the Start8 menu system:

And just to prove its still there and just as useless:
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