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2 years ago#11
Windows 7 discs have the version (home, pro, etc) and channel (retail, oem, etc) specified on the disc, so a Windows 7 oem disc can only be used to install oem Windows 7.

You will need to make a usb install stick with ei.cfg deleted to remove the restriction.
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2 years ago#12
Just download Classic Windows Shell for Windows 8,
it adds a classic Windows 7 Start Menu (much more so then the 8.1 update)
and you can tell it to boot directly into the desktop, thus ignoring the metro for good.

That would probably be the easiest and most practical way to make your Mom happy without going through the headaches of re-installing a whole other OS.
2 years ago#13
Griff posted...
Just download Classic Windows Shell for Windows 8,
it adds a classic Windows 7 Start Menu (much more so then the 8.1 update)
and you can tell it to boot directly into the desktop, thus ignoring the metro for good.

That would probably be the easiest and most practical way to make your Mom happy without going through the headaches of re-installing a whole other OS.


You can boot straight to desktop with Windows 8.1. Also if his mom is going to learn a new Start menu it may as well be Windows 8's. Just set the Start Button to go to the Apps view and it's basically just a full screen start menu.
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2 years ago#14
^^^
Which is why I prefer Classic Shell for people that are comfortable with their original look.
The full screen start menu is just about as offsetting as the metro interface for people that are mortified of the change.
But no arguments, you can definitely do it that way too,
Classic Shell still works with 8.1 if you want to go that direction.
2 years ago#15
Griff posted...
^^^
Which is why I prefer Classic Shell for people that are comfortable with their original look.
The full screen start menu is just about as offsetting as the metro interface for people that are mortified of the change.
But no arguments, you can definitely do it that way too,
Classic Shell still works with 8.1 if you want to go that direction.


His mom is used to XP so the Windows 7 start menu will be a significant change as well.
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2 years ago#16
^^^
Yes, but the classic Windows 7 Start Menu is a hell of a lot closer to XP then the 8.1 ALL APPS THROWN IN YOUR FACE AT ONCE menu, but apples to oranges, in the end, we'll never know.
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