PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM/Windows 8.1


I have an Acer laptop with Windows 8.1 on it.  I heard there's a way to get the "old" windows desktop layout for 8.1 because it's more user friendly.  Can you help me with this?  Also, where can I find things like Accessories and all the other good things from all the other versions of Windows?

By "old" do you mean a return to the Start Menu as opposed to the Start Screen? This is not available for Windows 8.1 itself, however if you have Windows 8.1 Pro you may have downgrade rights to Windows 7 (which uses the Start Menu), and all copies of Windows 8.1 include free upgrade rights to Windows 10 (which has a Start Menu similar to older versions of Windows, but also integrates Live Tiles from Windows 8). In terms of user friendliness, this is a largely subjective discussion - some users will prefer one over the other, and I would generally advise you to go with whatever suits your tastes and needs, rather than get dragged into a larger debate about various versions of Windows (and remember, anytime Microsoft changes anything, there is always an extremely vocal, and often extremely small, group that takes issue with whatever the change is)).

As far as "Accessories" what do you mean? You mean applications like Calculator, Notepad, and Paint? Or something else?


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