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  1. #31


    No metro, start screen, hot corners, or other lame Win8 gimmicks on my setup


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  2. #32


    United States
    Posts : 650
    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Stardock's "Start8" works very well, but is a 30-day trial. Its $5 if you are all for the 7 start button. I can ajust to Metro but the new themes, (being only 2 default and limited dark colors) makes it tougher not to use something as WindowsBlinds.

    Microsoft has become Apple.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Stardock's "Start8" works very well, but is a 30-day trial. Its $5 if you are all for the 7 start button. I can ajust to Metro but the new themes, (being only 2 default and limited dark colors) makes it tougher not to use something as WindowsBlinds.

    Microsoft has become Apple.
    That's exactly what Steve Ballmer wanted (and has stated publicly) so congrats to him I guess... Though I guess he doesn't realise that the 600+ million windows users would already be Apple users if we they thought that was a better way to go...
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  4. #34


    United States
    Posts : 650
    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by networkn View Post
    Hi There!

    Is it possible to disable Metro or at least get back the Windows 7 Start Menu (with Search)?

    I am happy for third party applications paid and free to be recommended?

    Cheers
    Well nice to see you on Eight Forums, again!

    Start8 ($$$):
    Start8 for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu

    Stardock's option of Start8 is very, very promising while I'll be a customer of my second stardock product. (WindowsBlinds)

    ClassicShell (Free):
    Welcome to Classic Shell

    ClassicShell has a nice selection opposed to other Start Button replacement's. While it is ugly at first sight, Classic Shell can be skinned.

    Vistart (Free):
    http://lee-soft.com/vistart/

    ViStart is skinnible too, but has less functionality (in my opinion, find out for your needs!) but it looks very nice.

    Hope this helps!
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  5. #35


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Right now, I am advising people to use Classic Shell, much more customizable then the others over all.
    Heck, I might have used it in Win7 had I found it sooner.

    If I get back into PE stuff it will be my Start Shell of choice.

    Here is my Config file for Classic Shell if anyone is interested.
    I'ld also like to know if it works for others.

    This is based on the Smoked Glass Skin that I do think comes with Classic Shell
    Just unzil the file, (XML Settings file) and the go into Classic Shell Setting, Click on Backup and click Load from XML File
    find that file and load it.
    then see if you like it.

    It's a minimalist Start menu.

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