Windows 10 proved to be a good operating system, but some users still miss the Windows 7 look and feel. You can change Windows 10 to make it look similar to Windows 7 as shown below.

Disable Cortana

Step 1: Right-click the start button.

Step 2: Click Search.

Step 3: Click the Settings button.

Step 4: Turn off Cortana.

Disbable Cortana in Task Bar

Step 1: Right-click a blank spot on your task bar.

Step 2: Click Cortana.

Step 3: Click Hidden.

Disable the Search Bar

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on your task bar.

Step 2: Scroll to search and check "Hidden" checkbox.

Disable search bar

Disable Task View Button in Task Bar

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on your task bar.

Step 2: Uncheck "Show Task View button".

Disable Action Center Button in Task Bar

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on your task bar.

Step 2: Click Settings.

Step 3: Click Turn system icons or off.

Step 4: Click the switch next to Action Center so it turns off.

Go Back to Classic Start Menu

Step 1: Launch your favorite web browser.

Step 2: Open www.classicshell.net.

Step 3: Click on Download now.

Step 4: Click Run after the file has been downloaded.

Step 5: Accept the license terms by checking the appropriate box.

Step 6: Click Next.

Step 7: Click Next.

Step 8: Click Install.

Step 9: Click Finish.

Step 10: Click Start to open settings menu.

Windows Classic Shell installed

Step 11: Click Windows 7 style.

Step 12: Click a Skin and choose Windows Aero from drop down.

Step 13: Click OK.

Unpin Microsoft Edge Browser from Task Bar

Step 1: Right-click Microsoft Edge Browser icon on task bar.

Step 2: Click "Unpin from task bar".

Unpin Microsoft Edge Browser from Task Bar

Make Internet Explorer Your Default Browser

Step 1: Click Start.

Step 2: Click Settings.

Step 3: Click System.

Windows Default App settings

Step 4: Click Default apps.

Step 5: Click Microsoft Edge or whatever you have set as your default browser.

Change default browser

Step 6: Click Internet Explorer.

Have File Explorer Open to This PC

Step 1: Launch File Explorer.

Step 2: Right-click Quick Access.

Step 3: Click Options.

Change file explorer settings

Step 4: Click the drop-down arrow next to Open File Explorer.

Step 5: Choose This PC.

Open file explorer on this pc

Step 6: Click Apply.

Step 7: Click OK.

Pin Internet Explorer to Task Bar

Step 1: Search Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Right-click when you found it.

Step 3: Click Pin to taskbar.

Pin Internet Explorer to Task Bar

How to Change Windows 10 to Look Like Windows 7
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

One thought on “How to Change Windows 10 to Look Like Windows 7

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    November 20, 2020 at 10:06 pm
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    I am looking for a “put-put” laptop for my wife to do some recipe and other writing. I notice that many of the new PCs come with Windows 10 in S-Mode. I didn’t think too much about it until I did a search to find out what S-Mode means.
    Seems like Microsoft is trying to create a bigger, stronger, more formidable monopoly that they already have.
    If I understand correctly, the user is locked into Edge as the only browser (proprietary MS) and Bing as the only search engine (again, proprietary MS), whether S-Mode is enabled or disabled.
    If it is enabled, the only software than can be download must be thru the Microsoft Store. Otherwise a nasty box will pop up and tell the user his request is a “no-no”.
    Am I paranoid or is this a very restrictive move by Microsoft?
    Your suggestions, please.
    Thanks

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