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If you want to configure a Windows 8.1 PC to work as much like Windows 7 as possible, start here. You can bypass the Start screen at startup, show the Apps view automatically when you go to Start, and list desktop apps first so you’re not distracted by unwanted Windows 8 apps.
Taps Windows key + S to open this pane on the side and begin searching. Unlike with Windows 8, you don’t have to specify a target. Your search term turns up apps, settings, and web destinations.
The new behavior of snapped apps will be especially welcome for anyone with a large display. You can arrange two apps side by side on even small screens, and on large displays you can have up to four modern apps of varying widths.