Make Windows 7 look like Windows 8

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Oh noble and benevolent me, I keep sacrificing for you, fiddling with Windows 8 that I dislike so. I've compiled this long tutorial explaining how to customize Windows 7 to look and behave like Windows 8, using free tools, utilities, configurations, and artwork, including third-party patching of the Windows theme, installation of new themes, Windows Explorer buttons, system fonts, Start menu icon, logon screen, boot splash screen, interactived tiled screen, additional changes and tweaks like sounds, colors, wallpapers, and much more. Best of all, you retain the sane functionality, and none of that stupid tiled screen nonsense. Have fun. And gimme a friggin' medal for the effort.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-7-like-8.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. Daveski17

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    Sounds very interesting. I like the look of 7 though, unlike 8.
     
  3. SirDrexl

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    Yeah, I'd want the other way around - make 8 look like 7.
     
  4. TheKid7

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    For $5 you can get the Windows Start Menu back in Windows 8. I know that Microsoft should make it where you at least have a Start Menu Option, but they do not.

    Start8:

    http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/features.asp
     
  5. Osaban

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    I must admit Mrk that your logic should be labeled more as 'fuzzy logic' (tongue-in -cheek!): You like Win7 and dislike Win8, but then you take some of your valuable time to write a tutorial explaining how one can make Win 7 look and behave like Win 8!
     
  6. SirDrexl

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    Right, but I was actually referring to the overall look of Windows 8. You know, how it's flat instead of glossy.
     
  7. Wild Hunter

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    The most important aspects can't be replicated.

    For example, the WinRT apps that have some unique characteristics like:

    - know how to save their state instantly;

    - are purpose-built and tailored for the specific set of scenarios they are great at;

    - align to a common typographic grid so that the PC feels fluid and harmonious as you switch between apps;

    - scale gracefully from small 7” screens to large desktop monitors, to even larger wall-sized TV screens;

    - come from the Windows Store, where you can find and install them with confidence;

    - run in a local sandbox called AppContainer, so they can’t mess with or corrupt your PC;

    - always uninstall cleanly, without a trace left behind.

    And many more aspects, like the tiles...
     
  8. mantra

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    cool
    i like the last wallaper , the window with rain:thumb:
    but there is not a link to download it
     
  9. Mrkvonic

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    That's because I am so considerate to my readers, I deserve a medal.
    And just shows how useless windows 8 really is.
    Mrk
     
  10. JimboW

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    This is actually pretty good for those that like the flat, clean look of Windows 8 but would rather stay on Windows 7 because of the lack of start button and/or Metro UI.

    Just remember, if you do this don't run sfc /scannow command or Windows will replace those dll files.
     
  11. Wild Hunter

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    So, I was going to ignore the irrelevant stuff, but this statement deserves an answer:

    Nope. I read it and your article ignores almost everything about Windows 8, besides some (not all) little cosmetic elements.

    For example, you make the many and diverse under-the-hood changes look like they don't exist.

    I understand that the article is about some (not all) little cosmetic aspects, but not even a single (just out of respect) mention to the other aspects and yet attempts at "definitive" claims about a supposed non-usefulness of the product? o_O o_O

    And there is the narcissism masked as humor.

    Example: "my pure awesomeness, which manifests in crystal-clear instructions laced with humor, style, grace, and goodness"...

    O rly? ;)

    This is what the "article" really shows IMO.
     
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  12. Wild Hunter

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    Fun moment... :D

    Yes. For you, here:

    Medal__Fail_by_WendyAtticus.png

    You like using that word in discussions, so you will probably love it in a medal. :thumb:

    Just kidding. :D
     
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  13. Windows_Security

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    Mark,

    When you want a medal, here you go, for posting very usefull windows topics on your unix blog, the world will become a better place when all windows 7 installations look like windows 8, grEIGHT topic, but you keep on confusing me:

    a) You dislike (the look) of windows8, yet you spend time on how to make the gui of windows 7 look like windows 8!

    b) You are a linux specialist, yet you spend time on Windows OS and on useless Windows 8

    c) You have realistic unix ambitions (world domination on Monday, 23 september 2019 see https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1323159&postcount=1), maybe you could make your favourite unix distro look like windows 8 as a next project/topic.

    Take care

    Kees
     

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  14. Mrkvonic

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    Thank you!

    Two small corrections:

    1. I am not Mark :)
    2. I think Win 8 is aesthetically pleasing; it's functionality crippled.

    Mrk
     
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    Mrkvonic = Mark (as in Lotus Mrk 3) VON (from, German knights/nobelry) IC (Integrated Circuit)

    You could not be a Mister K (Mr K), since I am Mister Kees, there is only one Mr Kees 1958, you are Mark here at Wilders. This is confirmed by Dr von Kackensprecher who told me your suffering from alter ego rejection (this also explains your need of medals). So Mrk be honest and confess your are Mark.
     
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  16. RJK3

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    To be fair, this is how software should behave anyway.
     
  17. Osaban

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    Useless? Vista was useless to XP users back in the day, then came Windows 7, oh wow, finally a real OS (Win7 was as useless to Vista as Win8 is to Win7) we could go on forever. The truth is that the state of the art is always intimately related to profits, otherwise we would still be stuck with 1950's technology. Have you ever seen an East German 'Trabant' ? It fits the definition of a " car" but what sort of car...
     
  18. garry35

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    if all you want is flat instead of glossy, then why not just apply the windows classic theme from builtin theme manager..................


     
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    Whyo_O?
     
  20. Mrkvonic

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    It is useless. What does Win 8 give you? Exactly.
    I have heard, seen and sat in a Trabant, awesome little car.

    If you're into cars, would you upgrade your, say Golf VI to VII just because a new one came out, or because you thought it was time to replace hardware, say after a reasonable time a car is meant to last?

    Mrk
     
  21. NormanF

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    Its a stupid premise aptly illustrated - only morons would do an hour's work to transform a functional and beautiful Windows 7 into a boring and ugly Windows 8 experience. Why bother - if you like the flip tile thingie and want to impress your friends, upgrade to Windows 8. To me this article is about a pointless exercise that Windows 7 users would all do well to leave well enough alone! :argh:
     
  22. NormanF

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    ~Comment removed per TOS~ You can get the Windows Start Menu back for FREE in Windows 8 with the Classic Shell Classic Start Menu! :rolleyes:
     
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  23. NormanF

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    I think something functionally crippled isn't aesthetically well thought out. Sorry if we disagree but I believe form follows function. ;)
     
  24. The Red Moon

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    If windows 7 users really want the win8 look and feel,then would it not be far simpler and easier to just upgrade.?

    This thread is completely senseless.
     
  25. NormanF

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    You do - something ugly can never be improved. If Windows 8 was really great it would sell itself and your article would be redundant! :thumb:
     
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