System tip: Transform Windows 10 to get back the familiar “Windows 7”

With the official retirement of Windows 7, forcing many people to upgrade to Windows 10, but many people are still accustomed to the interface and operation of Windows 7. In fact, for such users, we can “transform” Windows 10 into Windows 7 ourselves, so that we can continue to work under the familiar interface.

Transforming the Start Menu

The biggest difference between Windows 10 and Windows 7 Start menu is the introduction of tiles in the former. Now you can cancel the display of these tiles by right-clicking on any tile in the Start menu and selecting “Unfix from Start” (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Canceling tile display

In addition, the “Run” menu commonly used in Windows 7 is hidden under “Start Menu → All Programs → Windows System”, which can be added to the main menu of the Start Menu for convenience. Open “C:UsersCurrent UserAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsSystem Tools”, and then move the “Run ” to “C:UsersCurrent UserAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu”, and change it to “0 Run ” (alphabetical order can be in front), later open the Start Menu can be run directly (Figure 2).

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Figure 2 Move the Run menu

Taskbar makeover

The taskbar of Windows 10 will automatically display the Cortana and App Store icons that Window 7 did not have by default, the former can be right-clicked on the Cortana icon and select “Search → Hide” (Figure 3). For the latter, just right-click it and select “Unfix from Taskbar”.

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Figure 3 Hide icon display

Changing the login screen

If you want to change back to the classic Windows 7 interface at login, you can go to “Settings→Personalization→Lock Screen Interface”, then prepare the Windows 7 login image, set the background to “Picture” in the settings window on the right, and click Click “Browse” to select the above prepared image, and turn on “Show picture of lock screen interface on login screen” (Figure 4).

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Figure 4 Change the login screen image

Control Panel Optimization

Windows 10 introduced the Settings menu and weakened the existence of Control Panel, which is now hidden under “Start Menu→All Programs→Windows System The Control Panel is hidden under “Start Menu → All Programs → Windows System”. In order to launch the Control Panel quickly like Windows 7, you can right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize → Themes → Desktop Icon Settings” and check “Control Panel” to launch it on the desktop (Figure 5).

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Figure 5 Adding Control Panel to the desktop

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