Yes, Windows 8 Looks like Windows 7

by | Jun/6/2013

I still encounter many senior level executives that are determined to stay away from Windows 8 as long as possible. It is usually because they don’t know: When you switch to Windows 8, there is no learning curve. Make the move. Windows 8 is faster, more reliable, and more secure.

Yes, the advertisements for Windows 8 devices show the interface with all the square and rectangular tiles that are full of moving pictures. Someday maybe you’ll like that interface. But, for now, just tap the tile named “desktop.”

Ta-da! You are in familiar territory! It looks, feels, tastes and smells like Windows 7.

All of your existing software runs. Microsoft Office, Chrome, Firefox, your ERP, Adobe, PowerPoint, Mindjet, Carbonite, and even that program the guy named Joe wrote for you four years ago. Everything! And it seems like you are in Windows 7. Your IT professional can perform any tweaks you want.

You already know how to use Windows 8. It is faster, better, and more secure. What are you waiting for?


  1. Ed Cox

    Hi Mike,
    Oh how I wish Microsoft could make it true. The “Desktop” option is indeed there for Windows 8 but the functionality that I am used to is not there. I bought my wife a Windows 8 machine and both of us are so frustrated. How do I access the printer? How do I do the basic things? If only the “Start” button could be put back. I am now waiting to replace my Windows 7 machines until I am certain that I can make a smooth transition. Your blog gives me hope, but I am not yet convinced!

    • Mike Foster

      Great news, Ed: The update to Windows 8.1 will not only add a “start” button of sorts, it will allow the ability to “boot” directly into the desktop. So far, for me, the most useful part of the “tiled interface” applications is the “people” application. It will tie together LinkedIn with your contact list (as well as other sources) and put all of each person’s information “in one place.” Imagine looking up someone in your contact list and now you see their LinkedIn photo next to their name.

  2. Matt

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I have had my windows 8 touch screen lenovo for about 4 weeks now and I love it. It out performs my windows 7 desktop in every way. Much faster, noticeably so. I am to the point where I don’t even like using windows 7 because it takes so long to boot up and perform tasks that the ultrabook does at blazing speeds.

  3. Matt

    I just read Ed’s post above; from the start screen one simply types “printer” and everything pops up. The start button is irrelevant as one just starts typing what they are looking for and it appears. This one change seems to be what has confused people.



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