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15 of the Best Windows 7 Programs For Windows 8

15 of the Best Windows 7 Programs For Windows 8
The More Things Change...

In many ways, Windows 8 is just a reskinning of its older counterpart, dropping the Start Menu orientation in favor of the tile-based "Start screen" similar to that of Windows Phone 7.

It takes a little getting used to, but, once you get past Windows 8's new interface quirks, you'll enjoy the relative zippiness compared to Windows 7, which itself is no slouch (provided it's run on a properly-equipped PC).

Yes, there are some programs that do crash on Windows 8. Again, it's just a matter of slight adjustments to accommodate this—tweaking the settings on the program's Compatibility Tab should solve most issues. However, certain programs stand out for their seamless operation on Microsoft's newest operating system (at least based on our experience with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview).

Check out the list! If you've had good experiences running Windows 7 programs with no trouble on your Windows 8 machine, do share in the comments below.

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    ojas , October 17, 2012 3:57 PM
    Microsoft Security Essentials?
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    Bloob , October 17, 2012 4:02 PM
    ojasMicrosoft Security Essentials?

    built in to win8
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    devBunny , October 17, 2012 5:19 PM
    The list is missing all the programs that will turn Win 8 back into Win 7 or WinXP. ;o)
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    lpedraja2002 , October 18, 2012 5:01 AM
    The thing with most of these programs is that they´re dependent on the Desktop part of Windows 8 to work! So while we´re still trying to get accustomed to this new Metro style mess for the sake of Windows 8's future suddenly we´re transported back to good ol´ Desktop and we suddenly realize "why the fuck am I even bothering with Metro?"

    This is the huge problem that Windows 8 has, I have said it to everyone who has asked me about it, what Windows 8 accomplished imho is to fragment the overall user experience instead of enhancing it. As of right now Metro is just a big "WTF"... maybe months after Windows 8 comes out and people develop a lot of commonly used software to work in Metro made then maybe Windows8 will have a stronger appeal and a better user experience, but as of right now.... WTF Microsoft?
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    zybch , October 18, 2012 9:11 AM
    Seriously, system mechanic and tuneup?? These 'tools' are worthless jokes. You might as well add WinAntiVirus 2012 for all the good these crapware buckets contribute to any PC.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 12:09 PM
    Windows 3.11 had antivirus built-in, so it's not a Windows 8 first.
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    obiown77 , October 18, 2012 12:11 PM
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    obiown77 , October 18, 2012 12:12 PM
    zybchSeriously, system mechanic and tuneup?? These 'tools' are worthless jokes. You might as well add WinAntiVirus 2012 for all the good these crapware buckets contribute to any PC.

    lol, I was thinking the same thing, maybe Toms was advertising them?
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    rahulkadukar , October 18, 2012 12:28 PM
    This is the most useless article I have ever read
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    crapfacednoob , October 18, 2012 12:42 PM
    I know these layouts are useful but they load so painfully slow that I might as well don't read them. Its not my up/down speed either, 30mbps down speed from speedtest.
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    volvavite , October 18, 2012 12:44 PM
    I wonder if these programs (except Office) will ever be ported to Metro, or Windows RT. My guess is that it will take years to do it. Google chrome already has a Metro port, but significantly lacks functionality.
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    icepick314 , October 18, 2012 1:07 PM
    UGUU at the nostalgia of Air on VLC...
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    forestie , October 18, 2012 2:29 PM
    I regret the time spent to read this. You put PC TuneUp and Microsoft Office on the same level of being "applications". This is like comparing a nuclear plant with an apple. WTF
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    greghome , October 18, 2012 2:46 PM
    You've forgot to list Skyrim as an individual software in the Top 15 list. :p 
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 2:57 PM
    Holy Smoke....

    Someone needs to go back to the drawing board with this 15 Programs list!
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    djscribbles , October 18, 2012 4:21 PM
    A better title for this article would be:

    "15 Programs"

    The list of programs that don't work on Windows 8 (but do on Windows 7) is probably less than 15.

    The big difference is in the drivers; since drivers are always being hibernated at shutdown, they can get rather flakey at times.
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    jacobdrj , October 18, 2012 4:37 PM
    I love me some ClipX... Great program. Improves productivity immensely.
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    alidan , October 18, 2012 4:57 PM
    the vlc clip... as far as i know, anime distributors do not do the karaoke stuff at all, so is that a pirate version?

    isnt that a bit hypocritical to sanction people for "piracy advocating" while having a screenshot like that?
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 9:46 PM
    Holy F*ck it's Kanon! I did NOT expect any THG editor to be a fan of anime. Especially classic sh*t like Kanon!

    Mad props to you bro.
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    Bloob , October 19, 2012 8:00 AM
    icepick314UGUU at the nostalgia of Air on VLC...

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