Each version of Windows operating system is bundled with hundreds of new features. When Microsoft adds new features to a version of Windows operating system, the software giant also makes sure to discontinue some features that were part of the existing version of Windows.
Take, for example, Windows 7 was lacking at least seven features of Vista. Windows Media Player taskbar toolbar, dreamscene, and quick launch toolbar are some of the features that were dropped from Windows 7.
The same is true for Windows 8 as well. Desktop gadgets (was discontinued citing security reasons), Aero glass, the famous Start menu, Windows Experience Index (not present in Windows 8.1), and legacy games are missing from Windows 8/8.1.
The beauty of Windows operating system is that whenever Microsoft discontinues some features, Windows enthusiasts make sure that the features are ported to the newest version of Windows operating system.
For instance, as you likely know, there are tens of free Start menu programs out there. And then there are at least three free tools out there to enable Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1. Desktop gadgets pack has been ported for Windows 8/8.1. There are workarounds to install legacy Windows games in Windows 8/8.1 with a few mouse clicks.
Missed Features Installer
Users who are missing Windows 7’s feature in Windows 8/8.1 can now install a single tool to get all missing features. Windows Missed Features Installer is a free tool and lets you get Aero glass, desktop gadgets, Start menu, and legacy Windows games in a jiffy.
Missed Features Installer, which is a standalone tool, lets you install .NET Framework version 3.5 as well. In addition to those features, it also comprises some tweaking tools such as This PC Tweaker, User List Enabler, and Lock Screen Customizer.
All tools bundled with MFI are freeware. The Start menu is from IObit, Aero glass from Big Muscle (not freeware, exactly), and Windows Experience Index, This PC Tweaker, Lock Screen Customizer, TakeOwnershipX, and User List Enabler are from the house of WinAero.
The only downside is that the size of the installer is in excess of 550 MB. So if you are looking to get one or two features offered by this tool, you better download and install those features/tools directly from their respective developers/porters