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Start menu replacements

  1. #21


    If you want an exact replica of Windows 7 Start Menu, use Ex7forW8.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    My suggestion is that if you want windows 7, then keep it. Don't try and turn windows 8 into 7, you won't be satisfied with it.

    When I got 8 I quickly went and got Start8. It was a waste of money, not because its bad (its an excellent program), but because I never use it. The start button is irrelevant in windows 8.
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  3. #23


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    I would counter that the Modern UI, apps and the start screen are irrelevant in Windows 8 on a desktop/laptop PC.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    But without the Metro interface, isn't it just windows 7.1?
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  5. #25


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Maybe 7.5 :-) But at least then it is a productive usable tool instead of a toy.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    I am no less productive. My legacy programs are all right there on my start screen. There are lots of 'productive' metro apps too btw. I am fortunate that I do have a touch pc, and the metro tiles ARE better for touch of course, but my old laptop works just fine on 8 with it's old school trackpad.
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  7. #27


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    The use of a start menu, like start8, is nice if you don't want to keep bouncing between two different UI paradigms. I suppose that's a matter of personal taste. You could get used to anything. So functionally, sure, a Windows 7 like start menu on the desktop may not be necessary. But some like it for usability as they don't like the back and forth bounce and are comfortable with what they were familiar with before. For me, personally, I can only say that the Start screen might provide the same functionality (not quite, actually, but close enough), but really provides no functional benefit.

    I think a person can be satisfied using a start menu add-on to make Windows 8 behave like Windows 7 since Windows 8 does then appear like a Windows 7.x. This also then allows the user to dabble on the Metro side when they want to. The drawbacks are (a) if you really want the Aero look/feel of Windows 7, you don't have it - not functional, just eye candy, and (b) there are some apps and drivers that work on Windows 7 but are not compatible with Windows 8. It's up the individual user to figure out whether they have issue (b). But most common programs seem to work fine.
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  8. #28


    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    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'm really liking Windows 8 and the removal of the start orb was a turning point but I don't feel the need to install one now.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    I got this Windows 8 PC right after Black Friday. I tried to use the PC without modification for a while. Just couldn't get used to it. For about a month now I have not seen the Start screen nor any of the apps, unless I happen to accidentally open a file that is set for an app then I fix that right away. Classic Shell gives me the Start menu I want and need, and allows me to never see the stupid Charms bar or any other corner popups. I made a QuickLaunch toolbar for my most used shortcuts. With all that done my new PC behaves almost exactly like my Win 7 PC at work, right down to the same very old programs that cannot run or install. I probably won't ever use the Metro screen unless I am bored and want to go in there and mess around on it. And I'm not one to shy away from a new OS experience, I have been thru many - from my first Atari PC in 1982, to Apples, to mainframes, to UNIX Cad systems, to MS-Dos, and on thru all Windows versions. With all MS products I have found third party software to be a great help in fixing Microsoft's shortsightedness and stupidity. I am glad the desktop was left in place with Windows 8, they could have really crippled it, I fear the next version of Windows will move in that direction.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by kmgw8f View Post
    I got this Windows 8 PC right after Black Friday. I tried to use the PC without modification for a while. Just couldn't get used to it. For about a month now I have not seen the Start screen nor any of the apps, unless I happen to accidentally open a file that is set for an app then I fix that right away. Classic Shell gives me the Start menu I want and need, and allows me to never see the stupid Charms bar or any other corner popups. I made a QuickLaunch toolbar for my most used shortcuts. With all that done my new PC behaves almost exactly like my Win 7 PC at work, right down to the same very old programs that cannot run or install. I probably won't ever use the Metro screen unless I am bored and want to go in there and mess around on it. And I'm not one to shy away from a new OS experience, I have been thru many - from my first Atari PC in 1982, to Apples, to mainframes, to UNIX Cad systems, to MS-Dos, and on thru all Windows versions. With all MS products I have found third party software to be a great help in fixing Microsoft's shortsightedness and stupidity. I am glad the desktop was left in place with Windows 8, they could have really crippled it, I fear the next version of Windows will move in that direction.
    I guess I just don't understand why you bought the windows 8 machine at all. If all you wanted was windows 7, why not just stay with it?
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