How do I skin Win 8 to make it look like XP and how do I upgrade Win 8 to 8.1?

Anonymous July 15, 2014

How do I make Windows 8 look like Windows XP? Also, how do I upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

  1. Alan W
    July 17, 2014 at 5:59 am

    There are a number of apps that will allow you to have a "proper" Start Button, the one I use is Start8 from Stardock, you can read about it here:
    It costs $4.99 which is very little! The thing I like about it is that you can change the button graphic easily to almost anything you want, there are thousands of them about. In the configeration menu is the option to boot straight to the desktop after login, if you want to bypass the lock screen and login let me know and I will explain it to you.
    As I said there are other apps that give you the Start button back so you have options if you dont like Start8

    • Dev Jog
      July 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks a bunch for the info. Looks interesting and will try out as soon as I reach back to my country. Would appreciate if you could revert with other options as I would like to experience the classical XP landscape theme on my desktop. Its so familiar for the past 10 years I have been using it.

    • Alan W
      July 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Here is a link to many alternative "Start" button apps.

      Hovsep has supplied other links to help to make your system look more like Win XP.

    • Dev Jog
      July 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Alan for sharing this link. Looks quite interesting. Thank you once again.

  2. Alan W
    July 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Which parts and what exactly do you want to Skin?
    There is an array of stuff you can do for example on my system I boot straight to the desktop, have a "proper" Start button, skinned the icons, changed the GUI (with WindowBlinds) and much more.

    Be a little more specific and I am sure we can help you.

    • Dev Jog
      July 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Alan, thanks for your prompt response. Greatly appreciate it.
      What I basically want is the same that you have mentioned about your case i.e. boot straight to the iconic XP theme for the desktop with proper START button et al that is currently available in Win XP.

  3. Hovsep A
    July 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1

    Download Windows XP Royale Theme For Windows 8


    you can try stardock it is shareware and safer

    do a restore point and backup windows before applying skin

    • Dev Jog
      July 18, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thank you so much for your suggestions and solution. I very much appreciate your response to my query. Shall try it out and let know.

  4. Bruce E
    July 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    To upgrade to Win 8.1, make sure you have all of the current patches on your Win 8 system. Once Windows 8 is completely up-to-date, open up the Microsoft Store. The very first item you see should be the Windows 8.1 upgrade. Installing that monster download (more than 3GB) does the trick, but every one that I have done has taken nearly 2 hours on new laptops and 1 new desktop. Once that is done, make sure you get the Windows 8.1 Update (dumb naming, but what do you expect from Microsoft) from Windows Update so you will continue to get your updates on Patch Tuesday.

    • Dev Jog
      July 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Thank you for your help. Much appreciated.

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