On Saturday, November 26, I received a new-to-me Ultrabook. I subscribe to e-mails from Discount Electronics and they were offering this ~ $900 PC for $144 plus S/H. Since it was an “Ultrabook” I jumped on it. I already own an HP’s 3105mHP 3105m Netbook. This new machine is lighter and faster.
But there is one catch. It is shipping with Windows 8.1. Most of you who have suffered through the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 to 8.1 to Windows 10, remember the “Metro” interface and how the “workflow” so to speak of Windows 8.1 was significantly different from Windows 7. Ouch.
I gritted my teeth and found a Youtube tutorial video on how to get around in Windows 8.1. I wasn’t impressed. So I googled (everyone’s friend 🙂 something like “how to make windows 8.1 look like windows 7.” Ask and you shall receive. I found this page and downloaded the classic shell. After installing it and clicking on a couple of choices about how I wanted my Ultrabook to look like as a Windows 7 machine I had it back. The workflow, the menus, (I kept the new file manager though) and every other thing I was used to.
So I am happy as a clam (gorilla? chimpanzee?) Whatever. 🙂