Okay, Windows 8 redux. There’s a way out of this mess.

There are many things that bug new Windows 8 users. For instance, they used to enjoy a nature scene or family photo on their screen as background “wallpaper;” now they have big colorful tiles. They can no longer close an application by clicking on an “X” in the corner, because there is no “X.” In fact, it’s hard to figure out how to close anything. And there’s no longer a “start” button or “start menu” on the desktop.

Fear not: for a small fee you can regain control. A few companies are offering software to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7. One we like is RetroUI, for $5. You get to keep any extra features of Window 8.

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