When you install Windows 8 you will notice some features of Windows 7 and Windows XP are missing. Here's how to add Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8.
You can replace missing features to Windows 8, with our helpful guide to adding Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8
QUESTION I've recently taken the plunge and upgraded from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 8 Pro. It's taking a little getting used to, but on the whole I'm happy with it. Happy, that is, apart from my discovery that several features are no longer available since the upgrade.
I was prepared for the Start Menu to disappear, but I was a little more surprised to find Media Center was gone along with Windows XP Mode and all my desktop gadgets.
I used several gadgets and had files and settings saved inside the Windows XP Virtual machine which I very much hope have not been deleted.
Is there any way to get these features back in Windows 8?
HELPROOM ANSWER You're right that several features present in Windows 7 Professional are no longer there in Windows 8 Pro. Furthermore, the upgrade process gives you no warning that these features will be removed. Luckily most of the features can be put back if you wish, thanks to some third-party applications.
Read the following articles:
- How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8
- How to migrate Windows XP Mode to Windows 8
- Add Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8
- Add Start Menu to Windows 8