How to Change Windows 10 to Look Like Windows 7

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

1 thought on “How to Change Windows 10 to Look Like Windows 7”

  1. 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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