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.
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