I find it strange Brink didn't add this to the list of other apps that are not in the tutorial - it's the best solution for the job IMO. It is on the first page anyway, hopefully no one will over look trying it out.
that one uses Win7 Explorer so it doesn't do the same thing the others do.
It's good it wasn't added to the list in the tutorial because it's more like a hack and not an installable program.
By the way I've tested it a while back. Not sure if they changed anything in the meantime but the used theme cannot be changed anymore after using Win7 explorer... AND I was stuck with high contrast.
It was mentioned somewhere on the forum, more than once.
Works but be careful when/how you use it, at you own risk.
Hello Dark Rider,
I didn't add Ex7forW8 since it's from an unknown source without their own source site. I don't post anything that could be security risk.
Thanks guys. I understand why it wasn't added - But.. I can change my themes just fine, no problem on any of them. I don't get any error messages at all. I'm running Windows 8 Core RTM 64 bit. I was able to switch themes while the using 7's Explorer. I uninstalled the program, logged out (it actually tells you to log out of your account) then back in, and had no trouble switching themes. I then rebooted and still didn't have any trouble switching themes. The latest release was in November of 2012. Perhaps it was a bug he fixed. Now, I'm happily gonna re-install it.
Perhaps folks can set a restore point before trying it just in case the Personalize error gets them or do a full backup before hand with something like Macrium Reflect.
This guy Tihiy has been around for a while making apps and releasing them since at least 2009. He has more tools here, so he is known to the Microsoft user community. Tihiy's tools - MSFN Forum Perhaps he just doesn't choose to have a full website. He is the developer of StartIsBack, the difference being that doesn't use any windows 7 code to work like his free version here. C-Net is carrying StartIsBack so the guy had to check out at least to C-Net. I think he saw he could make a good app people wanted then decided to do it proper so he could charge for it. It's only three US dollars for a 2 PC license.
Last edited by Dark Rider; 17 Feb 2013 at 20:21.
When Even A Microsoft MVP Uses A Start Menu in 8 - There's Hope.
In this thread over at Microsoft Forums:
Is it possible to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 for free? - Microsoft Community
Mike Hall MVP says:
Now I've heard it all, has Microsoft heard it though?If you don't like the default Start Menu or the apps, try one of these..
Use an alternative start menu..
Welcome to Classic Shell
Costs $5 but is just like Windows 7..
Start8™ for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu
They make a huge difference to usability, trust me. I use one myself and would be back with Windows 7 were it not for Start8. Now, I have the best of both worlds. I can still get stuff done, and can have a play with the 'other' side now and again..
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit - 880G chipset - AMD Phenom X4 965 - 8gb - Start8
Location - SWO Canada
You don't need to pay anything. Use the excellent app Windows 7 Start Menu for Windows 8
It grafts on the Win7 Start menu using Win7 explorer, toggles off Metro until you want it again so that it doesn't load into RAM which makes WIn8 seem to run faster.
I reported this earlier in the thread, and am also an MVP supporting MS's only wildly successful OS with booming sales, writing this from 2013 Global MVP Summit in Seattle.
Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8
Apart from what I've seen, all works well.