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Windows 7 Original StartButton and metro Killer

  1. #11

    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    Quote Originally Posted by srg84 View Post
    If you want the original Windows 7 Gadgets, (Right click on desktop Gadgets), that are not supported by default in Windows 8.

    Download 8GadgetPack - 2.0

    Just installed.

    Thanks for that!

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  2. #12

    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM

    This beats Stardock and Classic Shell by a country mile. It is exactly as per Win7. It includes the following features which were not available in Stardock; plus it's free.

    In the 'All Programs' list you can:

    1. Pin items to the Menu jump list by right clicking the item and selecting 'Pin to Start Menu'.
    2. Rename folders/files.
    3. Drag/drop items from a sub-menu up to be in the main menu.

    And it includes an easy switch to toggle between W7 explorer and W8 explorer with Metro.

    I'm running Enterprise version by itself on a backup machine, and will definitely purchase and trial W8 upgrade as main machine if this hack version proves to be reliable.

    I originally ran this hack as a test in Enterprise loaded on an eSATA spinner in a docking bay in tower, with W7 on main HD, and W8 was running fine. However, after installing the hack, it worked fine in the OS, but when I shut down and rebooted it wouldn't boot to W8 on eSATA and borked W7 boot. Had to reload Acronis image of W7.
    Last edited by Mustang; 18 Oct 2012 at 08:16.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 679
    Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro/Windows 10 TP

    Quote Originally Posted by srg84 View Post
    If you want the original Windows 7 Gadgets, (Right click on desktop Gadgets), that are not supported by default in Windows 8.

    Download 8GadgetPack - 2.0
    Thank's srg84 the 8gadgetpack works perfectly and previously saved or downloaded gadgets from other sources can also be used.

    Click image for larger version

    Example: Desktop Clock gadget
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  4. #14

    Posts : 738
    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional

    One thing is a must have item! The installer will prompt for the Windows 7 dvd or location of installation files. When trying to get it to go an 8 RP VM the install failed not having the 7 dvd in the drive and the automatic option won't download them for you.
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