This remastered Windows 7 is the Microsoft operating system you've been waiting for

Windows 10 is a very good operating system, but despite Microsoft initially offering it as a free upgrade, many users were reluctant to switch from Windows 7, and it’s easy to understand why. A lot of Windows 10’s big changes -- the Microsoft Store, bundled third-party apps, live tiles in the Start menu, Cortana, Bing integration, and so on -- simply weren't that appealing to users of previous versions of Windows.

Windows 7 still offers everything that most people would want from an OS, but over a decade on from its debut it now looks and feels quite dated compared to its successor, and of course tomorrow it reaches its end of life as well, leaving people little option but to switch. However, if the aging OS had a modern makeover, could it win back many of those people who have moved on to Windows 10 or a Linux alternative? I suspect so. Take a look at this superb modern re-imagining of Windows 7 and make up your own mind.

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Two years ago, YouTuber Kamer Kaan Avdan, who has previously created concept videos for new versions of Windows XP and Windows 95 showcased his vision of Windows 7 -- 2018 Edition and it still holds up exceptionally well today.

As you might expect -- especially if you’ve seen any of Avdan’s other concepts -- this update takes everything we know and love/loved about Windows 7, and gives it a modern makeover with the Acrylic style applied to the OS. Some Windows 10 features, including the Action Center and Cortana, also put in an appearance here.

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There's dynamic wallpaper with day and night options too, as well as the now obligatory Dark Mode.

What do you think of this re-imagining of Windows 7? Do you prefer it to Windows 10? Let me know in the comments below.

This story was originally posted here and has been updated and republished today to mark Windows 7's end of life.

25 Responses to This remastered Windows 7 is the Microsoft operating system you've been waiting for

  1. RealLifeJasonBourne says:

    Let it die already...

  2. ziplock9000 says:

    FFS give it a rest.. It's just a skin.

  3. Thomas Lake says:

    I wish BetaNews carried more news and less of these flights of fancy. This isn't news.

    • Crazy Captain Gunboat Willie says:

      It's not the only website on the internet.

    • anchovylover says:

      Yes, it seems the news in BetaNews no longer exists.

    • James Kelly says:

      Indeed, they used to report some very informative monthly usage data each month, sometimes even from 2 or 3 different sources (NMS, Statcounter, Steam).

      Sadly, they are no more, largely due to said data showing Windows 10 gaining and Windows 7 failing.

  4. Crazy Captain Gunboat Willie says:

    I like 10 with Open Shell and Glass8 installed. And Mint in the boot menu.

  5. Simon Johnny says:

    I still remember people complaining about Windows 95, the auto boot to Windows and replacement of program and file manager.
    I'm surprise sand off them are still alive to complain about upgrading to window 10 after they've spent all three time defending windows xp...

    • psycros says:

      And then you've got the shut-ins like Ordeith who spend most of their waking hours obsessively worshiping Microsoft. Hard to even fathom that kind of mentality.

  6. TechFan says:

    I like a lot of it - without a doubt more 'beautiful' than the default Windows 10 look.
    So one has to ask - why isn't there a Linux Distro looking that good?

    • Pyrp says:

      One could argue that there is, cinnamon looks pretty fantastic as a "modern 7 like design" and kde can be configured to look like just about anything you want it to. Im using gnome3 with the material shell and its pretty good looking imo.

  7. ɥʇᴉǝpɹO ⮞High Rep⮜ says:

    Didn't we just have one of these garbage articles last week? How much of this nonsense is BN going to post?

  8. arafatamim says:

    So... A worse Windows 10?

  9. Mikhail Rimsky-Korsakov says:

    Uhmmm... So what's big difference? Call this os Окио10 спасибо!

  10. RealGomer says:

    The only reason I moved (NOT upgraded) from Win7 to Win10 is because Microsoft intentionally wrote code that bricks older applications that run perfectly well under Win7. And if you use common sense Win7 is just as secure and more stable than Win10.

  11. Pete says:

    Far out, this is getting silly!

  12. Ethon Hunsucker says:

    I dont exactly remember who but I know there's a man remaking windows 7 into a Linux system that just makes windows 7 plus linux commands and terminal.

  13. barely_normal says:

    [absolute serious question] Why are things like this here? Everyone KNOWS that Microsoft is as responsive to consumer input as a rock is responsive to being called to come near...

  14. Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

    Windows already as bad as it is, a concept version of it is even worse.
    I'll stick to reality.
    Even the Windows 10 sucks.
    Some us moved on for over a decade.

  15. KnownErrorist says:

    "Windows 7 still offers everything that most people would want from an OS, but over a decade on from its debut it now looks and feels quite dated compared to its successor, and of course tomorrow it reaches its end of life as well, leaving people little option but to switch."

    You are implying that people ^must^ switch. Which isn't at all true. Windows 7 is EOL, not being erased from peoples hard drives. The OS will still function just fine. It just won't be getting any more security updates and what dismal security it now has isn't going to instantly go away. Users are welcome to use Windows 7 for another 10 years if they so choose as long as they remember that apps will eventually stop working as they do now, such as web browsers will eventually error out on more modern websites.

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