Welcome to Classic Shell and download classic shell, and then install it by double clicking.
In the setting area, click the start button tab for start button, windows 8 settings tab for other two.
Don't you understand he said Windows 8 with classic shell? That windows 8 with windows XP interface which is everything not to like about Windows 8 except the underlying OS!
After trying classic shell I actually like it alot, I still keep ex7 for win8 in case I want to shut down metro altogether. But with classic shell I can choose my start button, and choose alot cool setting for the menu. Very nicely done, I thank the people who made this possible. I made it to where when I hover over the start button, no metro start pops up, and the only way to get to metro is to push the win key, or use the charms bar. But with so many options to do what you like, I think I'll be tinkering around with this program just for fun
I have not noticed that my machine runs any faster with windows 8 vs 7. The reverse seems to be true. Now, it is almost like back in the Vista days, when suddenly the machine would freeze up for a random few seconds every now and then. It does not happen often, maybe 4-5 times a day, but it is very annoying when it does happen. I had none of those problems on this same machine running 7. I am really trying to like 8. I have been using it since prior to launch and in truth, there are some nice features. It is just that I, like many, cannot stand the fact that Microsoft intentionally removed the end user's choice on so many core aspects of the OS. It is not just the start screen. There are quite a few things that have been forced upon us with this OS, and even though now I am completely used to it, I still find it a bit clunky and un-intuitive... Couple this with the fact that Microsoft is running all these silly adds about how we can customize Windows 8 and truly 'make it ours', and it all just feels so hypocritical and ridiculous I would be laughing if it was not so painful. Every time these clear facts are outlined on these boards, all you hear in response is the, 'oh well, can't please everyone', or the 'why do you keep posting this' response. I guess I can say, I will keep posting, as long as there are employees and fan-boys on these boards who are willing to defend these decisions...
Right now, no matter what I do, I cannot seem to share files between two Windows 8 machines. I am the full owner of all the directories in question, and have shared them for user everyone to have full control of the folders on both machines, and no matter what I do, I cannot access the shared folder. My next move is to re-install. Strangely enough, this worked pretty well for about a month, but then decided to stop working a week or so ago... Nothing changed permissions wise. Go figure..
No need to 'defend these decisions', you like it or don't, maybe somewhere in between.
It's your choice to run it or not, there are alternatives.
I do tend to post thoughts like these every few weeks or so, and I continue to use windows 8. I believe that there are a lot of Microsoft employees within the boards, and that they comprise a fair margin of those who are out there in these boards defending the OS. Many of my posts have been aimed at them. There have been some rock solid suggestions made by yours truly on how to make this os into a winner..
When I have time, I intend to reload my downstairs machine and hopefully resolve the sharing issue...
I'm one to think that all software will eventually be written in the touch interface. Eventually there will be no more desktop portal as we know it in 8 or past OSs. It may take years. MS is heading in a much different direction as in the past. All a part of "Reimagined".