How to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7? -An Easy Step Guide

make Windows 10 look like Windows 7
By Gopal Sengar Updated

Windows 10 although offers an ultra-effective functionality, some users still want to have the same aesthetics like Windows 7. This is because operating Windows 7 is easier than doing the same tasks in the upgraded version. So, if you want to keep enjoying the same functionality, but the feel and performance of Windows 7, here we are going to tell you that how you can make Windows 10 look like Windows 7 in no time.

There are a number of things you can do, like changing the Start Menu, removing the Lock Screen or implementing the Windows 7 wallpaper, to impart your current Windows version a feel like Windows 7.

So, let’s just have a look at the things and steps which can make your Windows 10 look like Windows7 :

6 simple walk through to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7

Change the Start Menu

The real transformation to the Start menu was made in Windows 8 version where, to access any program, the users needed to follow a tile-based approach. This was completely different from Windows 7, which has an on-screen Start menu. (Microsoft, however, introduced Start menu-equipped Windows 8 later).

Windows 10 is mainly a mixture of Windows 7 and 8. Although it has a new Start menu it offers the completely different feel and functionality from the one in Windows 7. From the flashy program tiles on the right to the meaningless apps towards the left is all that has been stuffing the new Start menu.

However, you can get back the same Windows 7 Start menu through a no. of steps. How? Read next.

Step1: Download the program named Classic Shell from their official website and Run it.

Download Classic Shell

Step2: During installation, deselect the Classic Explorer and IE (Can also try them if you want). Click Next.

classic shell setup

Step3: After the installation is finished, Open Classic Start Menu Settings (search for it).

Step4: Tick the Show all settings option. Go to the Start Menu Style tab and select Windows 7 style. You can customize it anytime by switching any of these tabs.

Step5: To customize your Start Menu, go to the menu, Search for Customize Start Menu. From here, you can decide which links you want to be displayed in your Start Menu.

That’s it. Enjoy the traditional Start Menu in your Windows 10 now.

• Also, to have your Start button look same like as in Windows 7, follow these steps:

Step1: Download Windows 7 Start button image.

Step2: In Classic Start Menu settings, go to the Start Button tab and select Custom button.

Step3: Check Button image option and browse the downloaded image. Select the image and click Open.

Step4: Go to the Skin tab and select Windows Aero from the drop-down menu.

Step5: Click OK.

Hide Cortana

Cortana is a really helpful thing you can access your programs with, using a voice command. But after installing a Classic Shell Start menu, it bears no significant importance and thus you can hide it. This will further improve your approach to make your Windows 10 look alike Windows 7.

You can hide it as follows:

how to Hide Cortana

Step1: Right click on the Taskbar. Click Cortana and then select Hidden.

This will hide Cortana which you can revive again whenever required.

Remove the Lock Screen

Windows10 lock screen, followed by the login prompt is very time-consuming. But Windows 7 boots up directly to the login window and is simple. To enable this simple and direct access like as Windows 7, see the steps given below:

Remove the Lock Screen

Step1: Click Windows (button) + R to open Run dialog box.

Step2: Type regedit inside the entry box and click Enter.

Step3: Find and select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.

Step4: In the right empty space, do right-click and select New> Key. A new key will be formed in the left plane.

Step5: Name this as Personalization and select it.

Step6: Again right click on the empty area in the right pane. Select New> DWORD (32-bit Value).

Step7: Rename the entry as NoLockScreen and double click on it. Set the value to 1 to enable this (or 0 to disable).

Step8: Click OK.

This will make Windows 10 look alike Windows 7 in terms of login prompt access.

Replace Edge with Internet Explorer

This is for the users who are habitual of accessing the internet via Internet Explorer and not through the Edge browser or Chrome which are offered in Windows 10. In this case, you can simply replace your pre-installed browser (Edge) with Internet Explorer. The steps are:

Replace Edge with Internet Explorer

Step1: Go to the taskbar. Right-click on the Edge browser icon and choose Unpin this program from taskbar.

Step2: Search the Internet Explorer in the Start menu, right-click on it and select Pin to taskbar option.

Step3: Launch the browser (Internet Explorer), go to the Menu (second icon from the upper rightmost corner) and select Internet Options from there.

Step4: Go to the Programs tab and click Make Internet Explorer the default browser.

Step5: Choose Internet Explorer from the left side and click Set this program as default.

Step6: Click OK.

That’s it, you are done.

Login with a local account, other than the Microsoft account

Windows10 asks for a Microsoft account to let you access all its facilities like One Drive, etc. Also, logging in with a Microsoft account in Windows 10 synchronizes all the user files to all the devices running Windows 10. However, if you don’t want this, you can simply use a local account in Windows 10 just like Windows 7. How? See the steps.

Login with a local account, other than the Microsoft account

Step1: Press Windows + I. Click Accounts. You’ll see Sign in with a local account instead option near to the top of the window.

Step2: Verify your password. Set the local username and password thereafter.
This will grant you a local access to the system.

• To Add a New User Account:

Step1: Go to the Accounts again (Windows + I, followed by Settings).

Step2: Select Family and other users> Add someone else to this PC, from the menu on the left.

Step3: A window asking how the new user will sign in pops up. Click The person who I want to add doesn’t have an email address and then select Add a user without a Microsoft account from the next window.

Step4: Create a new username and password and it’s done.

Changing the Icons

You can change icons lying in the notification bar to the ones like in windows7. Use the following steps:

Changing the windows 10 icons

• To have the same Vertical volume control design in Windows 10:

Step1: Press Windows + R and then type regedit to open the Registry and click OK.

Step2: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\.

Step3: Go to the empty space in the right pane and right-click there. Select Edit> New> Key. Name it as MTCUVC.

Step4: Select Edit> New> DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as EnableMtcUvc. Double click on this new entry and set the value to 0 (to disable).

Step5: Click OK.

• To have the same analogue clock icon and calendar design like in Windows 7:

Step1: Follow Step 1 as above and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell.

Step2: Go to Edit> New> DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as UseWin32TrayClockExperience.

Step3: Double click on this new entry and set the value to 1.

Step4: Click OK.

You can now enjoy the same icons like we have in windows 7 in your Windows 10 as well.

So these were the things you can do to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7. Start trying these things right now to achieve the power of Windows 10 mixed with the feel of Windows 7. Also, if you have your own working tips, do share them with us anytime. We are open to hearing your feedbacks as well. Till then, like and share this article, so that your near and dear ones can also enjoy this too.