Windows 10 offers a number 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 has a Start Menu, a key feature that is infamously missing from Windows 8. But what if you like the improved performance and features of Windows 10, but you prefer the look and feel of Windows 7? While you can’t make everything look identical to Microsoft’s operating system, you can change many key elements, including the Start Menu, wallpaper, and taskbar.
Follow all the steps to look best OS of Windows 10 to Windows 7
1. Get the wallpaper
The easiest way to get Windows 10 looking more familiar is to grab one of the classic wallpapers, and WPArena has compiled a list of all the official Windows 7 backgrounds for you to download. Just save your chosen design somewhere convenient, right-click it and select ‘Set as desktop background’.
Can’t settle on just one design? Right-click an empty space on your desktop and select ‘Personalize’, select ‘Background’ from the menu on the left and choose ‘Slideshow’ from the drop-down menu. You can now choose a set of different wallpapers to rotate at regular intervals.
2. Restore the Start Menu
Microsoft tried getting rid of the Start menu altogether in Windows 8, replacing it with a colorful screen of rectangular tiles much like your phone’s app selector. The Start Menu returned in Windows 10, to the relief of many, but it still looks quite different to the one you know and loves from Windows 7.
Thankfully, you restore the menu to its former glory using a free tool called Open-Shell-Menu (formerly known as Classic Shell). To try it, download the latest release and run through the installer as directed. There are no potentially unwanted programs to worry about.
Launch the program, click the ‘Start menu style’ tab and select ‘Windows 7 Style’. Click ‘OK’, then open the Start menu to see the change.
You can also right-click on the taskbar and uncheck ‘Show task view’ and ‘Show Cortana button’ to hide two tools that weren’t present in Windows 7. You can also change the ‘Search’ option to ‘Hidden’ (the Search bar will still appear in the Start menu).
3. Get the Start button
Open-Shell-Menu doesn’t include the classic Windows 7 start button, but you can download a copy from the old Classic Shell forums. Download the file BtartButtons.zip from the top post and extract the contents somewhere convenient.
In Open-Shell-Menu, select the ‘Start button’ tab and check the ‘Replace Start button’. Click the ‘Custom button’ then select ‘Button image’ and browse to the location where you saved the icons and experiment with the different options to find one you like.
4. Remove the Cortana Box and Task View Button from the Taskbar
The Windows 7 Start menu included a Search box right on the menu. In Windows 10, that search box was moved to the Taskbar and integrated into Cortana (personal assistant) and the Task View (virtual desktops) button was added to the Taskbar as well. Neither Cortana nor Task View was available in Windows 7.
So, to continue our conversion to a Windows 7-like experience, you can remove both of them from the Taskbar–you just need to right-click on the taskbar. De-select “Show Task View Button” and go to Cortana > Hidden.
5. Disable the Action Center
The Action Center is a new feature of Windows 10 that’s available by clicking the message bubble on the right side of the Taskbar. It’s handy for seeing all recent notifications you might have missed, and frankly, we think it’s worth keeping–it’s one of the more useful updates to Windows 10. But, if you really want to get rid of it, you can disable the Action Center by going to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions and clicking “Turn System Icons On or Off”. From there you can turn Action Center off with a simple slider.
You will still see popup notifications above your system tray. You just won’t be able to view them after the fact if you miss them.
6. Play Games like Solitaire and Minesweeper Without Ads
Windows 7’s ever-popular free games, such as Solitaire and Minesweeper, were removed in Windows 8. Windows 10 includes the Microsoft Solitaire Collection app, but the game will show you banner ads and full-screen video advertisements, bugging you for $20 per year to get the ad-free versions.
Thankfully, there are plenty of free (and ad-free) versions of these popular games out there.
7. Recreate the Aero theme
One of Windows 7’s most attractive features was its Aero Glass theme, which gave windows and toolbars a soft, translucent appearance. Yes, it was more resource-intensive than Windows 10’s plain design, but it looked great and modern PCs should have no trouble handing the effect.
Open-Shell-Menu can help recreate this look for the Start menu. Select the ‘Skin’ tab and choose ‘Windows Aero’ from the drop-down list to apply the effect.
For the Taskbar and other windows, a little program called Glass2K can help. Download and run the software, and use the slider at the bottom of the window to adjust the transparency of the Taskbar. You can also right-click on any window to change its opacity, but bear in mind that this will affect the entire window, not just its title bar.