Simple Way To Get the Windows 7 Experience In Windows 8 and 8.1
by Jeffrey Stark
April 26th, 2014
A number of my friends have mentioned that they are holding off buying a PC or Laptop with Windows 8 on it because of all the negative things they are heard about Windows 8. I even know a person who tried installing Windows 7 on the Windows 8 laptop they purchased only to find out that their aren't Windows 7 drivers for their laptop's hardware. The biggest complaint I've heard is the start menu or start screen on Windows 8. It is no longer a list view but to quote a friend of mine "some crazy grid view of some of the apps installed on your pc". Windows 8.1 visually added a few settings to make it closer to the experience you might be used to on earlier Windows. However, on the start menu they didn't go far enough.
I am writing this post to introduce you to a sub $10 app that you can install into Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The app gives you the same experience, layout and presentation of the start menu and sub screens of the start menu as you previously had on Windows 7. With this inexpensive app and a few small changes to the settings in Windows you can get an almost exact experience in Windows 8 as you would have in Windows 7. The app is called "Start Is Back".
The app is screen reader friendly and keyboard accessible. So purchasing a PC or Laptop with Windows 8 and purchasing Start Is Back gives you access to all the new features and capabilities of Windows 8 without having to change your way of interracting with the operating system.