Joe was forced to upgrade to Windows 10 and he hates it. How can he have it run like Windows 7? Leo says that Microsoft dropped the classic mode, but there's an alternative. StarDock has several apps that can do it under their "Object Desktop" tab. That's where he'll see Start10 and other apps that can make it look the way he remembers.
Mike wants to know if he can use an active background in Windows 7. Basically, he's interested in a background that moves. Leo says that it works, but he'll need a very high performance PC to take advantage of it. Leo recommends looking into StarDock. They probably have some of those features in Object Desktop.
For many users, the Windows desktop is a quick and easy way to get to frequently used files and applications. Sometimes, however, Windows will rearrange all of your icons on its own. This can happen if you plug in another display or play a game that changes the display resolution. In some cases, just logging out or restarting the PC could rearrange the icons. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this from happening in the future, though.
Larry got a new Windows PC for gaming, and he wants to arrange his desktop to his liking. Windows keeps rearranging the icons every time he restarts, though. How can he set it so it doesn't change?
Frank likes Windows 7, and he wants to keep that same look and feel when he upgrades to Windows 8. Leo says that upgrading to Windows 8.1 will allow him to boot to the desktop with a start menu, etc. But he can also use utilities from StarDock called Start8 and Modern Mix for $5 each. Leo says it's worth the money.
Mark's computer died, so he got a new one running Windows 8.1 and he hates it. He's heard of StarDock and wants to know if he should get it. Leo says there's several options including StarDock's Start8, which only costs about $5. It'll bring back the Start Button and works really well. Classic Shell is another option, and it's free. Leo says that Start8 does a better job though and is worth paying $5 for.
Melinda got Windows 8 and she hates it. Leo says that the Windows 8.1 update restores the start button and makes it easier to use like Windows 7. But Melinda wants to find apps and data. Leo says to just start typing. Windows 8 knows to search when she starts typing, and it'll continue to refine the search as she types more.
Taylor wants to get a PC with a copy of Windows 7, but he's having trouble finding one. Leo says that's by design because Microsoft wants people to buy Windows 8. Leo's not much of a fan of the "modern UI", but he's found a way around that with Stardock's Start8 utility.
Asher got an Asus VivoBook. He hates Windows 8 though, so he wanted to install Windows 7, but it wouldn't install. Leo says that the boot loader on the laptop is locked. He says to go into BIOS and disable UEFI security. This will unlock the boot loader and let Asher install it.
Asher got a 2TB Seagate hard drive but after installing it, he just gets an error message saying it can't be read. When he initializes it and partitions it, he gets another error of being unable to write to it. Leo says that it sounds like the hard drive is just plain broken, or the USB interface to the external drive is defective. More likely, it's just DOA and Asher needs to contact Seagate or Best Buy to return it.