Windows 7 is a popular operating system, with many users frustrated that they have to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 7 will no longer supported after January of 2020. This means that Microsoft will no longer be issuing updates and security patches to the operating system. Updating to Windows 10 will be crucial to help keep your computer secure. Most new users do not like the look of Windows 10, but good news is there is a way to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7.

Start Menu

  1. You will need a 3rd party program to make the change.  We recommend using Classic Shell. The link is below:
  2. Following the installation of Classic Shell, you can begin modifying the look. It will allow the Start Menu to be changed

    Classic Shell Start Menu
    Classic Shell Start Menu
  3. The next section will all you to change the Start Button
  4. To import the Windows 7 Start Menu orb follow this link:
  5. Click the custom option and find the downloaded orb that you selected. Depending on the desktop resolution, you may have to tweak the size of the image
  6. Find and select the ‘Skin’ tab and choose the ‘Windows Aero’
Classic Shell
Classic Shell


Windows 7 Background

  1. Follow this link to download the Windows 7 Default Wallpaper:
  2. Right click on the desktop and select ‘Personalize
  3. Windows Settings app will appear. It should default to the Background tab, but if it does not select this tab. Click browse to find the wallpaper you downloaded


Windows 10 Settings Menu
Windows 10 Settings Menu

Theme Color

  1. Right click on the desktop and select ‘Personalize’ again
  2. Instead of ‘Background’, select ‘Colors’
  3. Several color options will appear, find a blue to your liking and select it.
  4. Back in the ‘Colors’ tab check the title bar towards the bottom of the options
Windows 10 Settings Menu Colors Tab
Windows 10 Colors Settings


Completing these steps will give you the closest feel to Windows 7 without actually using Windows 7. One thing to note, is there is a way to use Internet Explorer (IE) instead of Microsoft Edge as your default browser. We do not recommend using IE with Windows 10 however, due IE not being optimized with Windows 10. Several clients have had issues trying to use IE with Windows 10.  Microsoft replaced IE with Microsoft and is currently working on a new browser to replace Microsoft Edge.

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