Make Windows 10 look like Windows 7

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Windows 10 offers a number of benefits over its predecessor, including improved startup and wakeup times, the ability to run Universal applications, Cortana voice assistant and Xbox streaming. It even has a Start Menu, an important feature that is missing from Windows 8.

But if you like the performance and improved features of Windows 10, and you prefer the interface of Windows 7? While you can not make everything look identical to the old Microsoft operating system, you can change many key elements, including Start Menu, background and taskbar.

Here is how to interface Windows 10 like Windows 7-like 99%.

I. Install the Start Menu

Windows 10 has a Start Menu, it is very different from the one in Windows 7 and you may not like the difference. Instead of providing a list of icons and folders, the new Start Menu has a flashy kit, but without wasting, the tiles live to the right of it and a list of frequently used apps on the left. . You can add brick directly, but you can not pin simple icons to the left as you can in Windows 7 and XP. Fortunately, you can install third-party Start Menu. There are several Starter programs compatible with Windows 10, but we like the Classic Shell, as it’s free and very customizable.

1. Download and install Classic Shell 4.2.2 or higher. As of this writing the 4.2.2 is beta and is available for download from the Classic Shell forums. Previous versions did not work properly with Windows 10.

2. Uncheck Classic Explorer and Classic IE during installation. You can try these programs if you like, but we do not find them particularly useful.

3. Open Classic Start Menu settings. If the Classic Shell is running, you will see the Shell icon in the lower right corner and can right-click on it and choose install. If not, you can search for “Classic Start Menu Settings”.

4. Select Show all settings if it is not already selected.

5. Navigate to the Start menu style menu and select Windows 7 Style if it is not already selected.

Download the Windows 7 Start button image from this topic if you want your Start button to look real. There are a number of custom buttons available. Then navigate to the Start Button tab, select the Custom button and browse to the image. If you do not see the Start tab, be sure to select Show all settings.

7. Navigate to the Skin tab and select Windows Aero from the pull-down menu.

8. Click Ok. Your Start Menu will look something like this.

II. Hide Cortana / Search Box

On its taskbar, Windows 10 has an outstanding search box called Cortana when you click on it. Although this box is actually quite useful but it does not exist in Windows 7 so you may want to remove it. Besides, if you install the Classic Shell or a replacement Start Menu, it will come with its own integrated search box. To hide the Cortana box:

Right-click on the search box. A context menu appears.
Select Hide from the Cortana menu.

III. Exit the Lock Screen

The Windows 10 lock screen you get when you wake up or wake up from sleep looks attractive but wastes your time. You have to click or swipe to get rid of it, and then you still get hit with the login prompt. In Windows 7, you launch fast to log on quickly and you can do the same in Windows 10 if you make a simple registry edit.

1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.

2. Enter “regedit” and press enter.

3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows Policies in the registry tree.

4. Right-click in the right pane and select New> Key. A new key (which looks like a folder) appears in the left pane.

5. Rename the key to Personalization and select it.

6. Right-click and select New> DWORD (32 bit) in the right pane.

7. Rename the new value to “NoLockScreen”.

8. Double click on it, set the value to 1 and click Ok.

IV. Add a Windows 7 Wallpaper

Nothing makes a computer look more like Windows 7 by using the default Windows 7 wallpaper with a bright blue background and a huge Windows logo in the middle.

Get Windows 7 wallpapers. Windows 10 does not come with old wallpapers, but you can get it a few ways. If you still have access to a computer with Windows 7 on it, you will find the wallpaper at C: Windows Web Wallpaper Windows img0.jpg. You can also download wallpapers from various places online, including here.

Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize.

3. Click the Browse button and select the wallpaper file.

V. Change the Window Bars so that Windows 10 looks like Windows 7.

Windows 10 allows applications to choose their own title bar color, but most programs do not have custom color schemes and end up with a bland white bar. While you can not get a transparent aero effect in the title bar, you can make them display a beautiful Windows 7 color. Here’s how.

1. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalization. 
2. Select the colors from the left pane.

3. Change the “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” setting if you want to choose a custom color. Or leave it / pop it up to have it change colors based on your wallpaper.

4. Choose a color if you choose to choose a custom color. We recommend dark blue in the second row for most windows like shade.

5. Make sure Show color on title bar “and” Show color on Start … “are turned on.

Just about 5-7 minutes, you can make your own Windows 10 like Windows 7 like 99%.