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Missing Start Button Workaround

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    Windows 8

    Missing Start Button Workaround


    i have taken part with the many other to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, however the missing start button erks me everytime, and it's hard to open the charms on my tablet.

    anyways, i made a small executable that simply launches metro, if you pin it to the bottom left of the taskbar, it makes a nice stand in for that missing start button.

    you can hit the link bellow to try it for yourself

    hope this helps someone

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    Last edited by shawn46; 07 Mar 2012 at 01:36.

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    Thanks will give it a try.
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    Nice to know users are working on the problems for us desktop users. But what is the point of this? The ability to switch to the Metro interface is already available.
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    Windows 8


    Really, i made it for my tablet. it has a thick border that makes it really dificult to open the charms, so instead of diging my finger in to the corner, i decided to make a nice, on screen button to solve my issue.
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    nice!!!
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    There is a freeware program that works terrific. It is called Vista Start Menu version 3.88. The free version does not have aero glass or the ability to have the sleep, shutdown, etc buttons on the top of the screen. Try out the freeware version and it should be enough but the Pro version is $20 and look like this: Click image for larger version

    do a Google search for "vista start menu version 3.88"
    I stuck mine on my True Launch Bar (quick bar with steroids) but you could pin it first to the toolbar.

    WARNING WARNING See those little icons like Desktop and Store. They don't work in the this program but when I deleted them, it deleted the APP IN METRO. Now I do not have a Desktop App in Metro anymore!
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 02 Mar 2012 at 16:54.
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    Windows 8


    Another trick to bring up the start menu apps in Windows 8 ............ go to the lower or upper right corner to bring up the charms bar .. click on the search icon, it will bring up all apps :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    WARNING WARNING See those little icons like Desktop and Store. They don't work in the this program but when I deleted them, it deleted the APP IN METRO. Now I do not have a Desktop App in Metro anymore!
    its easy to get them back. just search them in metro start screen and pin them back!!!
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Abhiji, Ahh, if it was only that simple. If you right click on an app, you have the choice of UNPINNING or UNINSTALLING. What I did was the equivalent of UNINSTALLING. No easy way to recover from that but I managed!
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    Am I int the right place?
    Helsinki
    Posts : 340
    Windows 7 x64 Home Premium / Commodore OS Vision / Windows 8 Release preview


    Now we can uninstall multiple programs at the same time
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