Ask LH: How Can I Kill Windows 8?

Dear Lifehacker, I am a Windows person, but I have to ask: Is there a way to get rid of Windows 8 before I hit my PC with an axe? I just cannot stand it any longer and would like to come back to Windows 7 to live happily after ever. Please help avoid a murder. Thank you, Windows8Murderer

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Dear Windows8Murderer,

Have you considered Linux? That’s asked only partly in jest, because while it’s feasible to shift from Windows 8 back to Windows 7, it largely depends on the downgrade rights relative to how you got hold of Windows in the first place. For some laptops running some versions of Windows 8 it’s a feasible deal, but not every single system.

Failing that, your other option would be to make the sections of Windows 8 that are driving you towards axes less of an annoyance. If you haven’t upgraded it to Windows 8.1 yet, that’s highly recommended, if only for the option to boot straight to a desktop. If what you miss most is the actual classic start menu, then a tool such as Classic Shell might be worth checking out.

Or you could hit your PC with an axe, although that will void both your warranty and your licensing rights to that copy of Windows.


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