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A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

  1. #21


    Canada
    Posts : 37
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Added Classic Start 8.

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  2. #22


    I've been using Classic Shell and I haven't had any issues with it at all. I recommend it to others. I like it so much that if it was a paid program, I'd pay for it!
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  3. #23


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Don't give Ivo any ideas.

    He would make a fortune even at a buck or two a time.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 x64


    I found ex7forW8 to be quite good and clean. It requires the Win7 installation CD to extract some files but once installed it completely disables the Start Menu and Apps Menu and Hot corners. There is no way to make both function simultaneously but you can switch to the Metro UI easily and back to classic menu. (no reboot required...just logoff/logon) Shutdown and startup time also seems to be faster when the classic menu is installed.

    Download link: http://tihiy.net/files/ex7forW8_1.0.zip


    ClassicShell is also good....works fine simultaneously with the Metro UI
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  5. #25


    Canada
    Posts : 37
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    I didn't included Ex7forW8 because it was deprecated by the developer, StartIsBack used to be Ex7forW8.
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  6. #26


    cornwall,uk
    Posts : 157
    windows 7 /windows 8 Dev


    i use start8, excellent and with good features.
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  7. #27


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Anyway, I'm intrigued with RetroUI. Okay I dislike the actual way the start menu is laid out, but the concept of running Metro UI apps through Desktop mode is interesting. Means multiple window desktop and Modern app multitasking all through desktop. Seems worth it just for that, but I've money = no.

    I'm enjoying my 5 day trial of Start8 by Stardock; Pokki seems VERY slow now. :/
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  8. #28


    Canada
    Posts : 37
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    I'm enjoying my 5 day trial of Start8 by Stardock...
    They changed the trial? It was 30 days!

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    You may want to try StartIsBack, it has a 30 day trial, unless the developer changed it.
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  9. #29


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mlauzon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    I'm enjoying my 5 day trial of Start8 by Stardock...
    They changed the trial? It was 30 days!

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    You may want to try StartIsBack, it has a 30 day trial, unless the developer changed it.
    I'm positive it said 5 days when I tried it earlier today... I'll check again tomorrow morning when I'm back at home. If it's 30 days... W00T.

    StartIsBack... I've heard of it, but does it still do all the stuff that Start8 does? (Booting straight to desktop, working search thingo)?
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  10. #30


    Canada
    Posts : 37
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    StartIsBack... I've heard of it, but does it still do all the stuff that Start8 does? (Booting straight to desktop, working search thingo)?
    StartIsBack actually uses the official Start Menu code, etc. that was left in Win8 by Microsoft.

    You could've easily answered your own questions if you went to the SiB site:

    StartIsBack - real start menu in Windows 8 (Features)

    StartIsBack - real start menu in Windows 8 (FAQ)
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