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3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era

Brad Chacos | March 11, 2014
You can still buy or build a PC with Windows 7, or possibly downgrade from Windows 8. It just takes a little extra legwork.

But if you've already bought a Windows 8 Pro-packing PC and want to drop to Windows 7, check out PCWorld's comprehensive guide to the convoluted Windows downgrade process.

Be the change you want to see
Finally, if you don't want to drop extra dough on a Windows 7 license or spend a premium on a PC pre-packed with Windows 7, fear not. Bending Windows 8 to your will and forcing it to behave like its predecessor should take less than an hour, and doing so means you'll get to keep Windows 8's blazing-fast boot times and other under-the-hood improvements.

Simply installing Start menu replacement software will get you most of the way there, but if truly want to forget that Live Tiles even exist, be sure to read our guide on eradicating Metro from your Windows 8.1 PC

Procrastinators and lazy people, there's something for you, too: The coming update to Windows 8.1 is supposed to include some new features to make the operating system easier on mouse-and-keyboard diehards. So even if you wait around and do nothing, Windows 8 should be just a little bit more like good ol' Windows 7 pretty soon. 


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