Background: I'm running a 2012 gaming desktop and an HP laptop both running Win 7 (which I like). My old XP box finally died and I am intimately familiar with Win versions 3.0 up through 7.
But, I've postponed my update beyond Win 7 as long as possible (and managed to avoid 8 altogether). The Dell laptop I setup for my brother 10 years ago (running XP) is on its last legs and he asked me to set him up with a new box (he is non-tech). I just bought him a new laptop, an ASUS ROG GL703GE gaming laptop (from Costco) which came with Win 10 Home - I think - I have not even dared to boot it up yet before doing my homework. In the past, I have had good luck following the "Windows Annoyances" books and the tweak guides from tweakguides.com. But when I just went to the tweakguides site, Koroush Ghazi (the author, a Windows expert I trust), says that Windows 10 is so bad that he was unable and unwilling to write a guide for Win 10. I am not looking forward to the "learning experience" trying to get his new laptop to look and behave as his old trusty XP box.
Question: I have zero experience with 8, 8.1 or 10 and am looking for a "Old School Survivors Guide to Windows 10" or "How to make Win-10 look and feel like Win-XP".
He is not so concerned about the privacy issues (from what I've read so far, Win 10 is unavoidably spyware), I'm more concerned about getting a desktop that looks and feels like Win XP. (Same start menu and explorer look and feel). I could return this if need be and pick out some other model (I'm guessing that Win 7 boxes are no longer available?)
Am I dreaming?
Thanks in advance - any help would be appreciated,