Making Windows 8/8.1 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

  • S07E07
  • November 12, 2013

Not a big fan of the new "start screen" on Windows 8? We'll show you how to return the traditional Start Menu to the latest version of Microsoft's desktop operating system.

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  • {play 4:52}Thank you to those who have contributed to our fundraiser campaign.
  • {play 10:40}Prize Announcement: Win an assorted bulk pack of Eco Alkalines batteries. Eco Alkalines: now available at Future Shop and Best Buy in Canada
  • {play 13:13}Welcome to our newly registered viewers.
  • {play 14:41}New web site feature: Direct download high-resolution behind the scenes photo downloads on the episode show notes pages.
  • {play 16:43}Feature: Making Windows 8/8.1 look and feel like Windows 7.
    • What we don't like about Windows 8: it is built for touch screen.
    • The problem with Windows 8 and its userbase.
    • What we can do about it: Classic Shell.
    • Downloading and installing Classic Shell from
    • Understanding the options included with Classic Shell: Classic Explorer, Classic Start Menu, Classic IE and Classic Shell Update.
    • Launching Classic Shell for the first time.
    • Looking over the default settings (which you'll probably want to leave as is).
    • Classic Shell gives Windows 8 users a traditional shutdown button.
    • Activating and configuring the Classic Explorer Bar (Classic IE, included with Classic Shell) in Internet Explorer on Windows 8.
    • Classic Shell does not remove Windows 8's start screen. It is still accessible by holding the Shift key when you click the start button.
    • Classic Shell supports skins. You can download third-party skins, or create your own.
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  • {play 41:02}Viewer Question: When I try to run wine, I get the error: "This is the wine64-bin helper package, which does not provide wine itself, but instead exists solely to provide the following information about enabling multiarch on your system in order to be able to install and run the 32-bit wine packages." How do I get wine working on my system?
    • Activate multiarch support in your 64-bit Linux system: dpkg --add-architecture i386
    • Install the 32-bit wine on your multiarch-enabled 64-bit Linux system: apt-get update && apt-get install wine-bin:i386
  • {play 46:46}Viewer Question: I enjoy watching Category5—it's the only tech show that doesn't just show new apps. I hear you are coding a CMS. I am coding an LMS. Would it not be better for you to code a CMS?
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    • Understanding what makes Robbie's CMS different, and what it is used for.
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