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Consensus on getting Windows 7 desktop look & feel?

  1. #11


    I recommend using Windows 8 as it is for 10 or more hours before changing the start menu around with a third party application. You may find out that you like it and isn't that hard.

    The basics to start off with are:
    1. Make the desktop icon the first icon by dragging to the top left corner on the start screen. This will allow you to go to desktop by clicking the icon or pressing and the Enter button.
    2. Return to start screen by pressing the Windows key
    3. While on the start screen start typing the name of a program, file or setting and icons will start appearing. By default, it lists Programs but, under the search box in the top right corner you can click on Setting or File.
    4. You can also All Apps by hovering mouse in the lower right corner or right clicking the start screen.


    Jimbo45 had this posted in another thread to access all your programs. It works good.
    Classical Menu WITHOUT using 3rd party apps or system mods the basic directions are below


    1) on the bottom taskbar right mouse click ==> toolbars===>create new toolbar
    2) enter %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs in the select folder
    3) press the select folder button

    Now in the bottom taskbar you'll see Programs with a >> sign

    click on the >> and you'll see a list of your programs in classical menu style -- what's difficult about that --you don't even have to go near the start screen / charms etc once you've booted.

    You can also pin 'File Explorer 'to your taskbar to gain access to such things as computer, pictures, videos etc

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    I recommend using Windows 8 as it is for 10 or more hours before changing the start menu around with a third party application. You may find out that you like it and isn't that hard.

    The basics to start off with are:
    1. Make the desktop icon the first icon by dragging to the top left corner on the start screen. This will allow you to go to desktop by clicking the icon or pressing and the Enter button.
    2. Return to start screen by pressing the Windows key
    3. While on the start screen start typing the name of a program, file or setting and icons will start appearing. By default, it lists Programs but, under the search box in the top right corner you can click on Setting or File.
    4. You can also All Apps by hovering mouse in the lower right corner or right clicking the start screen.


    Jimbo45 had this posted in another thread to access all your programs. It works good.
    Classical Menu WITHOUT using 3rd party apps or system mods the basic directions are below


    1) on the bottom taskbar right mouse click ==> toolbars===>create new toolbar
    2) enter %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs in the select folder
    3) press the select folder button

    Now in the bottom taskbar you'll see Programs with a >> sign

    click on the >> and you'll see a list of your programs in classical menu style -- what's difficult about that --you don't even have to go near the start screen / charms etc once you've booted.

    You can also pin 'File Explorer 'to your taskbar to gain access to such things as computer, pictures, videos etc
    Or just pin the things you need on the Desktop that aren't on your Taskbar to Start.... Kind of like the start menu?
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  3. #13


    Coke— I have my main programs pinned to the the taskbar but I can't pin everything there. I even have the all apps shortcut pinned to the taskbar which I've been using.

    I've never said anything bad about Windows 8 missing start button and I'm not going to now. I've learned different shortcuts and key combinations to navigate for programs but I have to say this 'Programs toolbar' is a definite add-on plus feature without third party software.

    I could be wrong but I think having this would help people get adjusted to 8 quicker because it is so easy to set up & resembles the old menu so much. Which is what everybody wants for comfort. They can create shortcuts and whatever has to get familiar with 8.

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  4. #14


    Amazing how much baggage some of us add to our computers. I just used 'Refresh' for the first time and what a reduction in the Programs folders.

    For anyone who hasn't used 'Refresh' yet ... it's awesome. At least so far. It saved all my personal documents, pictures, settings and windows updates. It removed third party programs. All it took was 20 minutes for a fresh start compared to hours for a clean install.
    I don't know how perfect it is biased devil in a step in the right direction.
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