Windows 10 provides a quantity of benefits over its predecessors, including improved boot and wake-from-sleep times, the ability to run Universal apps, the Cortana voice assistant and Xbox game streaming. It even includes a Start Menu, a vital feature that is infamously missing from Windows 8. But what if you like the improved performance and features of Windows 10, however, you prefer the feel and look of Windows 7? While you can’t make everything look identical to Microsoft’s old operating system, you can change many important elements, such as the Start Menu, wallpaper and taskbar.
I. Use a New Start Menu
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu . . . sort of. While there is a Start Menu, it’s very not the same as the main one in Windows 7 and you may nothing like the differences. Instead of providing a list of icons and folders, the new Start Menu includes a set of flashy, but space-wasting, live tiles on its right side and a listing of commonly used apps on the left side. You can include live tiles, however, you cannot pin an easy icon to the left side as if you could in Windows 7 and XP. Fortunately, you can use a third-party Start Menu that appears and functions the way you would like it to. There are a handful of Windows 10-compatible Start apps available, but we like Classic Shell, because it’s free and very customizable.
1.Upload Classic Shell version 4.2.2 or higher. As of this writing is 4.2.2 is in beta and readily available for download from the Classic Shell forums. Earlier versions don’t work properly with Windows 10.
2.Deselect Classic Explorer and Classic IE during the install process. You can test those programs if you would like, but we didn’t find them particularly useful.
3.Open Classic Start Menu settings. If Classic Shell has already been running, you will see a Shell icon within the lower right corner and can right click it and choose settings. Otherwise, searching for “Classic Start Menu Settings.”
4.Check Show All Settings if it’s not already checked.
5.Visit the Start Menu Style tab and select Windows 7 Style if it is not already selected.
6.Download the Windows 7 Start button image from this thread if you want your Start button to look authentic. There are many custom buttons available. Then visit the Start Button tab, select Custom button and browse towards the image. If you do not see a Start Button tab, make certain Show All Settings is checked.
7.Visit the Skin tab and select Windows Aero from the pulldown menu.
8.Click Ok. Your Start Menu should look something similar to this.
II. Hide the Cortana / Search engine
On its taskbar, Windows 10 has a prominent search box which invokes Cortana whenever you click inside it. While this box is really quite useful, it doesn’t exist in Windows 7 to want to get rid of it. Besides, if you install Classic Shell or another Start Menu replacement, that will include its very own built-in search engine. To hide the Cortana box:
1.Right click on the search box. A context menu appears.
2.Select Hidden from the Cortana menu.
III. Eliminate the Lock Screen
The Windows 10 lock screen you receive when you boot up or wake from sleep looks attractive but wastes your time. You need to click or swipe to get rid of it, and then you still get hit with the login prompt. In Windows 7, you boot straight to login prompt and you can perform the same in Windows 10 if one makes an easy registry edit.
1.Hit Windows +R to create in the Run dialog.
2.Type “regedit” striking Enter.
3.Visit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows in the registry tree.
4.Right click in the right pane and select New > Key. A brand new key (looks like a folder) appears in the left pane.
5.Rename the key to Personalization and select it.
6.Right click and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value within the right pane.
7.Rename the new value to “NoLockScreen.”
8. Double click on it, set the value to 1 and click on Ok.
IV. Add Windows 7 Wallpaper
Nothing constitutes a computer look like Windows 7 more than while using default Windows 7 wallpaper with the bright blue background the large Windows logo in the centre.
1.Get the Windows 7 wallpaper. Windows 10 doesn’t come with that old wallpaper, however, you could possibly get it a couple of ways. Should you have access to a computer with Windows 7 onto it, you will find the wallpaper at C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg. You may also download the wallpaper from various locations that have posted it online, including here.
2. Right click on your desktop and choose Personalize.
3.Click the Browse button and select the wallpaper file.
V. Provide the Window Bars Colors
Windows 10 allows applications to pick their own title bar colors, but many programs posess zero custom color set and get a depressingly bland white bar. While you can’t get back the transparent aero effect in title bars, you can make them show a nice Windows 7 blue. Here’s how.
1.Right Click on the desktop and select Personalization.
2.Select Colors from the left pane.
3. Toggle “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” to if you need to choose a custom color. Or let it rest / toggle it to on to get it change colors according to your wallpaper.
4.Select a color if you chose to pick a custom color. We recommend the dark blue within the second row for the most Windows 7-like shade.
5. Make certain “Show color on title bar” and “Show color on Start…” are toggled to on.
VI. Replace Edge with Internet Explorer
Windows 7 came with Internet Explrorer since it’s default browser, using the IE icon pinned to the taskar. If you do not like Edge browser, Chrome or Firefox, you can easily return to using Internet Explorer as your default browser in Windows 10.
1.Right click the Edge browser taskbar icon and select Unpin.
2. Search for Internet Explorer within the search bar. When you type Internet, you should see the icon for this.
3.Right click the Internet Explorer icon and choose Pin to Taskbar. The IE logo will appear in your taskbar. You might want to drag it left therefore it sits next to the Start button.
4.Launch Internet Explorer.
5.Select Internet Options from the menu.
6.Navigate to the Programs tab and click “Make Ie the default browser.” A new window opens having a listing of programs.
7.Select Ie in the left pane and click “Set the program as default.”
8. Click Ok.