One of my main worries about Windows 8 was the fact that many older clients are resistant to ANY sort of change. Some have been known to hurl dirty words at us if we even think of updating Internet Explorer to the most recent version (or install Chrome or Firefox) simply because it looks just a bit different. Windows 8 is waaaay different.
While the Microsoft tablets and phones running Windows “Metro” are actually way cool, the experience of the desktop and laptop version is a foul ball. Many expect Microsoft to make some big changes in Windows 8 to quell the uprising from disgruntled users and make it behave more like the Windows we’ve all come to love and loathe.
But there is a cool solution that has eased the burden of the transition to Windows 8 for me. Perhaps it will do the same for you should you decide to take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 8 or purchase a new system with Windows 8 pre-installed.There are a number of tweaks you can download that hide the most annoying parts of Windows 8: The ugly “live tiles” of the “Metro” interface and absence of a Start menu. The problem with the few tweaks I’ve tried is that the ugly parts of Windows 8 still popped up unexpectedly. One of my bestest technicians, Chris Ludington, turned me on to a freeware program called ClassicShell available from www.classicshell.net that permanently hides the Windows 8 ugliness.
This program puts a “shell” around your operating system to give it a familiar look and feel. If you want your Windows XP system to look like a Windows 7/Vista system, you can do that. If you want Windows 7 to look like Windows XP, you can do that too. And, alas, if you want your Windows 8 computer to look and feel like the familiar Windows 7/Vista experience (or even XP), this is your savior. It’s super easy to download and install. If you don’t like it, it just as super easy to uninstall it and go back to the train wreck of Windows 8.