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Windows 8 Upgrade

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last night I upgraded my Win 7 Ultimate machine to Windows 8 Pro. I am not familiar with Windows 8 at all. I see some things that are obviously very different but I also see things that look just like Windows 7. So my question is this:
Whether I install an upgrade or a full new install, will it make any difference in the OS that I end up with? I.e., if I do an upgrade, I end up with a sort of "Windows 7-ish" version of Windows 8. But if I do a complete new install, I get an OS that is completely Windows 8.
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You end up with the same OS either way.

What I would recommend is to install Classic Shell (free) or Stardock's Start8 ($5). This will give you the Start button that you are used to from Windows 7 as well as allow you to boot directly to the Desktop. Once you have that then you can play with the Windows 8 Metro interface at your leisure.
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