In fact, Apple used to have something very similar to the Start Menu, called the Apple Menu. It contained various applications that could be run from it.
Can you tell me how to install the Classic shell? I adjusted first day but dislike it almost as much as I did Vista and was filled with buyer's remorse. I'd appreciate your help!
I don`t like the Classic shell any more than I like the Metro applications.
I installed Start8 from stardocks, its a brilliant little program and solves all my windows 8 woes in one fell swoop.
I have it configured to start windows in the desktop, I have completely disabled the "Charms bar" and the "hot corners" and all "ways in" to the Metro stuff.
If I had a touch screen I might feel differently but I don`t, so Metro is a "no-go area " on my computer.
I now have what is for all intents and purposes a system that I am familiar with (having used windows 7 previously).
Metro? - you can keep it.
Metro to me is like someones bolted a load of DOS programs onto my system- they just aren`t "windows" programs. Desktop apps are better.
Apple menu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There's still technically an apple menu, but it's not what it used to be. It used to be filled with apps look at the os 8.6 version of the menu on that link)
In a way, these apple menu apps were quite a bit analogous to Metro, in that apple menu apps were separate kinds of apps that were different from desktop apps, creating a dual personality sort of system.
I'm sorry - you can argue this point until you're blue in the face if you want to. Windows 8 may be the best thing since sliced bread, but for a new user it is pure CONFUSION. It may eventually "take", but as I said before, only power users like us are going to be able to quickly adapt to it. Even the touch interface in Win8 is not particularly intuitive. With all the dragging to corners, swiping from the edges and all those additional actions new users (again, not your power users) are going to really struggle with this one.
OTOH, the GUI on the iOS devices is far more intuitive. It's been amazing to me to watch how quickly people seem to pick that one up. It's simple to use by comparison.
Win8 is working fine for me at the moment ... I've got it settled down. (I'm on my 2nd attempt with it). With my experience level I'm able to get away with that kind of fiddling. My wife would, long ago, have put the thing down and picked up her iPad or Windows 7 machine. I suspect that may be happening in many places right now.
^ Totally agree. While I can use Windows 8 without any real issues, I totally hate the 'Start/Metro/Modern' screen (it's so bad that Microsoft can't even settle on a name and everyone uses a different one) as it's completely non-functional on a desktop PC compared to the Windows 7 OS. I didn't even like it on my tablet.
I'll retain Windows 8 on my desktop and keep updating it, but I won't use it until Microsoft provides what clearly a vast number of people want, without having to resort to third party applications.