Showing posts with label Windows 8.1. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows 8.1. Show all posts

Make your Windows 8.1 computer look like a Windows 7


Make your Windows 8.1 computer look like a Windows 7


  1. During setup, I researched whether I want to use a Microsoft Account or a local user account on my new computer. This is something new in Windows 8.1. I chose a local account, knowing I can always change my mind later. Perhaps in the future I'll want access to all those Windows 8 apps (formerly called Metro Apps) but probably not.
  2. During setup, Windows seems to demand a Windows account, but there's a way out which is kind of hidden. On the page demanding the Windows ID, click on the link at the bottom that lets you "create a windows id." Once you get to that create page, you'll see another link that allows you to create a local user account instead. 
  3. During setup I chose custom settings so I could have the choice of how many tentacles Windows has into my computer. Now setup is done. The rest of the list is in present tense.
  4. Verify that the antivirus that came with the computer  is running properly.
  5. Open Internet Explorer and download and install Firefox
  6. Download Classic Shell.
  7. Be sure and view the readme file that opens when you first install Classic Shell. That tells you how to make Windows Explorer look like the Windows 7 Windows Explorer. It might require some jiggering of settings in Internet Explorer. All I can say about that is...whatever.
  8. Also configure Classic Shell to  make the Start Menu look the way you want.
  9. Immediately go into the search box of the start menu and type in "UAC." Turn off the UAC. This will take effect after the first reboot.
  10. Let Windows updates run on their own accord. Don't force any updates while setting up your computer. It can cause Windows updates errors. 
  11. Remove the Windows 8 lock screen using the regedit method
  12. To bypass the metro screen, right-click the desktop taskbar, select "properties," and then open the Navigation tab in the window that appears. Follow this picture to check the correct boxes. 










Windows 8.1 how to bypass the Metro Screen (the "Start" Screen) on boot


Windows 8.1 how to bypass the Metro Screen (the "Start" Screen) on boot


If you're like me, you want your Windows 8.1 computer to look as much like Windows 7 as possible. Here's how to boot to the desktop:



  1. Right click on the taskbar and select the properties option
  2. Go to the "Navigation" tab and enable "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of start
  3. Next time you boot, you'll get joy





First things to do when getting a Windows 8 computer


  1. Remove lock screen using the regedit method
  2. Add the classic start menu
  3. Disable or suppress the metro screen

Disable the lock screen in Windows 8

Disable the lock screen in Windows 8

  1. Launch RUN
  2. Type regedit and press enter
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization (create it manually if it doesn't exist.)
  4. Select Personalization key. 
  5. In right side pane, create a new DWORD NoLockScreen and set its value to 1
  6. Close regedit and log off or restart Windows
  7. To restore lock screen, just delete the DWORD or set its value to 0.