Downgrading to an older Windows version is rarely ideal, but you can revert back to Win7 from Win8. Here’s how.
Plus: Free and extremely low-cost (under $10!) Win8 repair drives.
Various techniques for returning to Windows 7
Windows 8 is evolving fast. It’s gone through three iterations — Versions 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1 Update — in just 18 months. That has to be a record for any Windows.
Win8 needed those quick changes! The original 8.0 version was incredibly annoying — especially for longtime Windows users.
But the current release — Win8.1 Update — corrects or reduces many of the most egregious failings. If you install a third-party utility to add a full-fledged, useful, Win7-style Start menu — a tool such as Start Menu 8 (free; site) or Start8 (free trial, then U.S. $5; site) — Windows 8.1 Update is actually pretty good.
In fact, after months of complaining about the original Win8, I now use Win8.1 Update full-time, every day — now that I can virtually ignore the still-clumsy Modern/Metro interface. I’m a little surprised to find myself saying this, but I hardly ever miss Win7!