Having a good start menu replacement greatly enhances my acceptance of Windows 8.
Having a good start menu replacement enhances my acceptance of Windows 8, but not greatly.
Neither of the above
You are very welcome. And, good idea: why not pin it if possible?
I voted for option 'B'.
Although I can get around W8 perfectly well without a start-menu replacement, I do have Classic Shell installed, simply to keep some UI consistency between this machine (W8) and my other machines (7, Vista and XP).
Many members who use 3rd party start menus seem to be doing so for speed & productivity.
Lets say we want to open Wordpad.
Click mouse on start button, click All programs, click on Accessories, click on Wordpad
Does anyone really believe that is faster than while keeping hand on mouse
Press Window key with other hand, press W key, press the enter key or click mouse on Wordpad tile.
I've been saving time since vista using the widow key & typing letter(s) of program or file
Interesting poll, znod, but so as to make it clearer I think the last choice should be "I'm fine with the Start Screen" or "8 is fine the way it is". Not that I think you did it intentionally, but I think it is prejudice in that #1 Members that use 3rd party menu will be more attracted to the thread to vote. (this is my 2nd visit here after thinking on it awhile). #2. It's confusing as to the context of your OP.
I voted the third because I didn't use the Start Menu all that much in Vista or 7. I also think I picked up 8 faster than most, not because I'm any smarter or proficient, but because I use a lot of shortcut keys. I rarely touch the mouse unless I'm zeroing in on something where it would be faster with the mouse. The WinKey has been my friend since Vista using 3D flip. (Or Alt/Tab) I think I navigate 8 faster than I did 7. It wasn't true at first, but with time I think I am, mostly due to the Start Screen.
e.g. I even copy and paste whole words or sentences with the Shift/arrow keys -> Ctrl/C or V. If I'm copying a paragraph, then I'll use the mouse, for it's faster. I'll use keys to scroll in any direction of web pages, Start Screen, docs, Excel sheets, etc.
With that, I'll post with Alt/S.
are not having either of the experiences noted in the first two responses. I explained up front in more detail when the third choice would apply, and anyone can change their vote or choose to vote at any time. The dichotomy first (choice/second choice) versus third choice gets at exactly what I was trying to find out--the percents of those having the two "positive" experiences I elaborate on in post #1 versus the percent of those not having either of those experiences. I suppose that putting the first response first might attract some to the poll, but something has to go first. I guess I could have drawn the order out of a hat. But, I thought it would be better to have a logical flow that makes it easy to figure out how to respond. I am slightly concerned that some may not have responded that could have. I will add something up front to help out on this point. It will apply to everyone that might not have responded for some reason, but could have. Best to you.
Last edited by znod; 22 Jan 2013 at 10:35.