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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. #21


    Posts : 1,875
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    [QUOTE=SIW2;180919]
    no viable alternative in desktop/laptop, and that is where winds 8 is worst.

    Really? Ok then if you say so. I'd have thought Win 7, XP, Linux, OSX all could run on a laptop/desktop. I do actually run all of them (except XP now).

    I run a few VMs on my Win 8 laptop for various things. I upgraded to 8 for FUN. Works for me. I like it more than 7 and it does anything I want.

    You don't have to upgrade if you don't want to as far as I know. Unless your work insists on it suppose.

    Perhaps I am missing something but does not the windows key give you the start menu? I know it is rather unfashionable but I really do prefer 8.

    Mind you my work is 5250 so I'm living in the past clearly.

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  2. #22


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    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)?
    The poll numbers do not so indicate IMO. At most you can conclude that if Win8 had a start menu from the factory, then a fair percent of respondents, at this point, would be no more inclined to accept Windows 8. And, there is the problem I noted in post #9. The wording of the poll apparently was changed during the poll. Thus, some are likely to have voted "no" given the original wording while they would have voted "yes" given the changed wording. The original wording did not preclude the use of a third-part start-menu substitute. Now it does.

    Continuing, I can't understand why you now say "I wonder how that would have change had there been no options to install one (no 3rd party app or otherwise)? Your post #1 says "​If Windows 8 had the start menu would you be more inclined to accept it? To clarify, if Windows 8 had a Start menu included from factory (no 3rd party apps)"
    Last edited by znod; 22 Jan 2013 at 08:01.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    ..those saying no would tend to be those that like the metro way of doing business and don't think that having a start menu is particularly important.
    That why I voted no actually - you got my motivation exactly right. I'd rather there was but I can live without it.
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  4. #24


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Agreed. You are one of the ones for which no is the appropriate response.
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  5. #25


    I hardly ever used it but to push WinKey -> Right arrow -> Enter.

    Hardly anyone used it:

    Designing the Start screen
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  6. #26


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    With all the hub bub about the missing Start Menu in Windows 8, I though I'd pose this simple question?

    If Windows 8 had the start menu would you be more inclined to accept it? To clarify, if Windows 8 had a Start menu included from factory (no 3rd party apps)

    I accept it now, BUT, only because several 3rd party devs have created Orb apps to replace it, I think they should have kept it in there, it is a necessity. I even have Sidebar now. That Microsoft has allowed devs to make these programs, is a salute. Apple, when they make major changes to an OS, especially iOS, they block out user modifications, at least make it difficult to do it.

    The worst thing Microsoft can do would be to totally remove the desktop from the PC. If they eventually manage to do this, it to Apple I will go.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    With all the hub bub about the missing Start Menu in Windows 8, I though I'd pose this simple question?

    If Windows 8 had the start menu would you be more inclined to accept it? To clarify, if Windows 8 had a Start menu included from factory (no 3rd party apps)

    I accept it now, BUT, only because several 3rd party devs have created Orb apps to replace it, I think they should have kept it in there, it is a necessity. I even have Sidebar now. That Microsoft has allowed devs to make these programs, is a salute. Apple, when they make major changes to an OS, especially iOS, they block out user modifications, at least make it difficult to do it.

    The worst thing Microsoft can do would be to totally remove the desktop from the PC. If they eventually manage to do this, it to Apple I will go.
    So what happens if the new UI that replaces the Desktop in a very very long time from now is better than or equal to the Desktop?...
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  8. #28


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Somewhat skewed question, as I use 8 with classic shell, so it totally resembles the 7 desktop... except that I also use the taskbar from XP....

    I come the "If it ain't broke, DON'T fix it" school of thought....clearly....
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  9. #29


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Hardly anyone used it
    Obviously - that is why no one has even mentioned it for the last several months. It is also why all those start menu replacements aren't being used.
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  10. #30


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    So what happens if the new UI that replaces the Desktop in a very very long time from now is better than or equal to the Desktop?...
    I like better things.

    Let us look forward to whatever it may be in many many years time. Perhaps we will be using thought control - who knows.

    This metro thing ain't it.
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