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Start menu replacements

  1. #11


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    I must say that I missed the Startmenu at first (during the first two days). But then I totaly forgot anything like that ever existed. Until I logged on at work on Windows XP....

    For me Start is working wonderfully! Just start typing the app/ program you are looking for and it shows up! Can't wait until my office is migrating to Windows 8, although I think in that case I might have to wait until 2020 or something like that...

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  2. #12


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Just start typing the app/ program you are looking for and it shows up!
    Click on the start orb, start typing in the search box and the program shows up without leaving the desktop.

    Difference is you don't have to find the right bit on the side of the screen without jumping to your next monitor then moving down to start and then going to that pointless full screen jumble!

    In the web design world we concentrate a lot on usability, the Modern UI fails on every count on a 26 inch desktop (though it looks OK on my mates phone).
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  3. #13


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    Click image for larger version You don't need it.
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  4. #14


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    Click image for larger version You don't need it.
    [Funny sarcastic modus on]

    So you are actually saying that because the elder people can't cope with the new Start we, the world, must stop or slow down progression and innovation?

    I disagree ==> the elder people are at the END of there lifespan. So is it not logical to stop or slow down the innovation of an entire civilization because they can not keep up with it. That would kill a civilization.
    I'd say ==> if they can't keep up with it, then it must be time for them to let go...

    [/end of Funny sarcastic modus]

    Ontopic ==> I don't think your example is very convincing
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    I must say that I missed the Startmenu at first (during the first two days). But then I totaly forgot anything like that ever existed. Until I logged on at work on Windows XP....

    For me Start is working wonderfully! Just start typing the app/ program you are looking for and it shows up! Can't wait until my office is migrating to Windows 8, although I think in that case I might have to wait until 2020 or something like that...
    Yup, since upgrading to W8, I really don't like Start Menu.
    I just miss the Start Button, that can be anticipated by creating a CTRL-ESC VBS that links to Start Screen.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by will1982 View Post
    How many of you use a start menu replacement in 8?

    If so, what do you use and why do you want a start menu?

    Personally, I'm a big fan of Start8, it's insanely customizable and feels like 7.

    I hate the start screen,it's so odd..
    I made a collection of shortcuts, put them in a folder on the desktop called "Apps," and created a tool bar for the apps folder on the task bar. I am trying to use 8 without 3rd party software that modifies the way 8 works. No matter what I would not use 8 versus 7 as a main system.
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  7. #17


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Depends what you are doing. Start screen is ok if all you ever want to do is launch an app.

    If you want to find/manage lots of files and do anything creative- then I find it is much better to have something which keeps you in the desktop. Some sort of start menu is much better for that - not just for launching programs , but it gives access to control panel, shutdown options, flyout menu to all your drives , etc all in one obvious place. It also has integrated search - press winkey and start typing. It is far more ergonomic than the start screen.

    If you only want to post on twit book and consume stuff - and you have the limitations of a small screen touch only device - start screen will be ok there. It might be useful to those with certain disabilities.

    MS took the start menu away because they want to force the start screen at you at every opportunity. It is the way MS exhort users into their online services.

    Samsung and now HP have their own start menus. That is because they know it is very useful to customers. There are about 3 dozen other start menus available around the net - clearly there is a big demand for them.
    Last edited by SIW2; 06 Jan 2013 at 08:29.
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  8. #18


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    All true to me.
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  9. #19


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    I'm all for Pokki. It's bloody amazing, and has good features like an option to boot Windows 8 straight to desktop ;D
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  10. #20


    USA
    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by will1982 View Post
    How many of you use a start menu replacement in 8?

    If so, what do you use and why do you want a start menu?

    Personally, I'm a big fan of Start8, it's insanely customizable and feels like 7.

    I hate the start screen,it's so odd..
    I made a collection of shortcuts, put them in a folder on the desktop called "Apps," and created a tool bar for the apps folder on the task bar. I am trying to use 8 without 3rd party software that modifies the way 8 works. No matter what I would not use 8 versus 7 as a main system.
    That's actually pretty clever, but nothing can really replicate the start menu.
    You can always right-click where the start menu would be to get a neat little thing.
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