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Poll: If Windows 8 had the start menu button

View Poll Results: If Windows 8 had the start menu would you be more inclined

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  • Yes

    28 54.90%
  • No

    18 35.29%
  • Maybe

    5 9.80%
  1. #11


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    Start Screen organized for quick clicking.
    Programs pinned to taskbar and on desktop too.

    What is so hard about that? It's faster than having to click a button, scroll through a nested tree of programs, click the folder then click the program to open.

    All you need to do is move mouse to taskbar and click, or press Win+D and click or press Windows key and click.
    Or, with a Windows 7 type scenario, you have programs pinned on the Taskbar, some random things you use from time to time on the Start Screen. So basically, the Start Screen becomes a sub-layer of the Desktop where all the icons go to.

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  2. #12


    No, not me. the Missing Start Button in 8 is a blessing from the computer gods.

    I love being stuck with a customizable Start Menu.
    Add or delete tiles as I like.
    Big easy to see square tiles. Or huge easy to see rectangle tile.
    Let some tiles live ex: weather. Kill some tiles: facebook
    Create groups as I like them grouped.
    Even pin My Most Used documents and/or folders to Modern Start Menu using Brinks tutorial
    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8

    "All Apps" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    For anyone who prefers an icon in task bar instead of pressing windows key for returning to 8 Start Menu screen, you can even choose the 7 orb icon
    "Start" Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    Life is so much easier with this link Windows 8 - Tutorial Index


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  3. #13


    Nope, not me. W8 just doesn't bring anything to the table worth making the jump over 7 imho.

    Hopefully 8 will do good in the mobile market, it sure doesn't seem to making much of any dent in the desktop market, nor should it imho.
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  4. #14


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I'm not sure what the poll is asking (the dangling "...inclined"). But I don't use the start menu most of the time to access a commonly used program. Certainly it's easy to pin commonly used program icons to the task bar and/or the Start (Metro) screen. I like the start menu because it gives me one or two click access to a wide variety of functions I use regularly on Windows, including but not limited to: the control panel, the device manager, most recently opened/accessed documents, etc. I'm not fond of bouncing back to the Start screen and having to hunt those things down separately, sometimes by typing it in as if I were in DOS.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I expect most on this forum have their own workarounds to try and make w8 practical on a desktop.

    A more suitable question may have been :

    If w8 had start menu - would it have had been better received by reviewers and public?

    Obviously, yes.
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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


    That would make a good poll. For other issues, please see my edited post #9 and new poll here--which uses a "revised question," and deals unequivocally with a post-purchase, Win8 in-use scenario.
    Last edited by znod; 21 Jan 2013 at 10:48.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You could make a sort of educated guess.

    RT allegedly makes up 9% of all w8 sales.

    Estimates for RT sales are around 1-1.2 m.

    How many are actually using w8 at all?

    Hard to be precise.

    Some of those are on tablets. A good portion of non tablets will be Samsung, Hp etc - who provide their own start menus.

    Several million start menu replacements downloaded.

    Seems like a very large chunk of those using W8 on a non tablet will have some kind of start menu or other. Some will be managing without.

    Interesting that MS must be extremely grateful to those making start menu replacements.

    Those selling them are raking in millions of dollars.

    I suppose you could say w8 is creating millionaires.
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  8. #18


    For me, it would not only have needed the ability to add a start button without third party add ons, but also.....

    Non immersive apps..the inability of resizing these is a huge turn off for me.

    Option to make windows more aero like. They are way too bland and Apple-esque for me.

    Ability to customize the start screen background.
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  9. #19


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I expect most on this forum have their own workarounds to try and make w8 practical on a desktop.

    A more suitable question may have been :

    If w8 had start menu - would it have had been better received by reviewers and public?

    Obviously, yes.
    Yeah, that would have been a better way to pose it since that was the intent of the question anyway.

    Anyway based on the numbers of the survey thus far, I see most have accepted the OS without the start menu. I wonder how that would have change had there been no options to install one (no 3rd party app or otherwise)?
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Anyway based on the numbers of the survey thus far, I see most have accepted the OS without the start menu
    No, it doesn't indicate that at all.

    No answer might easily mean that even if it came with a start menu , they still wouldn't like it.

    There is more than just the missing navigation method to contend with.


    I wonder how that would have change had there been no options to install one (no 3rd party app or otherwise)
    It is clear to me many would have given up on winds 8 had it not been for the relief afforded by 3rd party start menus.

    MS can only get away with this kind of thing because there is no competition - no viable alternative in desktop/laptop, and that is where winds 8 is worst.
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