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Add Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

Replace XP & Windows 7 features missing from Windows 8

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.

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For more on the changes in Windows 8 and how to use them visit Windows 8 Advisor. For detailed advice on installing Windows 8 Release Preview, read our article: How to install Windows 8.

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Visit Windows 7 Advisor for more Windows advice. Or email our Helproom Editor for bespoke advice.

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