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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. #31


    Posts : 474
    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6


    It didn't matter to me.

    My win 8 system is my second PC and the Start Screen actually suits my purpose of using it as an HTPC.
    But then again, there is always a way to make Win 8 to work like any other OS versions.

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  2. #32


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    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)
    This poll has no option for me to select.

    If Windows 8 would get a start button and menu, I would do my best to remove them. I am so used to Start Screen, the new way of using Start Menu I would not like to go back. I can customize Start Screen more, organize it more freely, it's faster to use when I do not need to click endless subfolders.

    Kari
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  3. #33


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari 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)
    This poll has no option for me to select.

    If Windows 8 would get a start button and menu, I would do my best to remove them. I am so used to Start Screen, the new way of using Start Menu I would not like to go back. I can customize Start Screen more, organize it more freely, it's faster to use when I do not need to click endless subfolders.

    Kari
    Well stated, Kari. I couldn't agree more.
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  4. #34


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I voted no. As of right now the lack of the traditional start menu isn't a deal breaker for me. Metro's one screen only full screen only limitation is what spoils it for me. Windows Blue AKA Windows 8.1 looks to addressing that so, to me, things are looking up. I have no problems navigating around in Windows 7 or 8, and never find myself wishing I was in the other OS.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)


    Nope.

    On any computer I've ever used, programs are basically split into 2 groups: -

    1. Stuff I use all the time (web browser, music player, email client etc.)

    2. Stuff I need, but only use rarely.

    Before Windows 8, I would have shortcuts to all the stuff in group 1 on my taskbar. The stuff from group 2 would be in the Start menu.

    Now that I have Windows 8, I have shortcuts to all the stuff in group 1 on my taskbar, just like before. On the Metro screen I have plenty of room to play with, so I put shortcuts there to the stuff I use the most. The stuff I use rarely is in the "All apps" menu, or I can just type to search on the Metro screen and quickly find something that way.

    Windows 8 works great for me. When I first started using it I didn't like the "All apps" screen because it was basically like an always-expanded Start menu, so it would get packed full of stuff - shortcuts, folders, help files, uninstallers and what have you - but I just tidied it up and got rid of all the icons I don't need.

    Besides which, you can easily add a Start menu to Windows 8 now if you want one, so I don't see why it would make a difference if MS added one back in really.
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  6. #36


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Yes.
    At a first impression - first install... I needed a start menu. There was quite an ugly empty place down in the left corner of screen that I needed to fill.

    Now, it doesn't matter anymore since I get along with the new interface (the left corner still has a first shortcut called start that gets me to start screen, a reminder of an item well-used.

    Not that I care much but there would have been more Win7 users willing to upgrade if a start menu was available in 8 but it seems that moving as many Win7 users to 8 was not the priority here.

    All nice and well now.
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  7. #37


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    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)
    There are so many things I don't like about Windows 8, I'm not sure; however, that would be a step in the right direction.

    Znod created a taskbar toolbar. I, on the other paw, immediately created a QuickLaunch Toolbar and put my most used apps there. Along with those apps, I put files I use most often. I also installed and tried out some of the "start menu" apps, none of which actually fill the bill, but are better than what I started with.

    Every time I go to the upper right corner to shut down something, that stupid Windows 8 "toolbar" for want of a better description, flies out! Talk about annoying!

    If I install something from the "store" and use it, I'm no longer able to see the time, which I sometimes do need on a constant basis. Although I can use the upper left corner to switch back and forth, if I have more than two or three apps open, it's a downright chore to move to another app without going through gyrations.

    If Windows 8 is the default OS, and I want to boot to Windows 7 instead, it takes an aeon to do so. And, if Windows 7 is the default OS, it takes Windows 8 forever and three days to boot if I choose it! Grrrrrrrrrrrr

    There's just so much not to like that I have finally made Windows 7 the default OS on this dual boot system. There will be times that I want to use Windows 8, but that has become less and less of a priority for me. As a How-to-Geek author just said, I've tried, but I just like Windows 7 better.
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  8. #38


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Well I like a clean desktop with my most used apps in the task bar. This is also one of the reasons I'm not or never will be sold on the "metro" look. Yeah, I know there's the traditional desktop look, but not start menu. I just think this is something needed for a desktop PC. FOr tablets and smartphones and the like that would be OK, for a desktop, not so good. My opinion.

    Anyway here's my idea of a clean desktop...
    Me too, Sygnus, me too.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 2,156
    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 Kari 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)
    This poll has no option for me to select.

    If Windows 8 would get a start button and menu, I would do my best to remove them. I am so used to Start Screen, the new way of using Start Menu I would not like to go back. I can customize Start Screen more, organize it more freely, it's faster to use when I do not need to click endless subfolders.

    Kari
    I assume the start menu would be on the desktop. Do you mean you'd try to remove it from the desktop?
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  10. #40


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    If Windows 8 had the start menu would you be more inclined to accept it?
    If Windows 8 would get a start button and menu, I would do my best to remove them.
    I assume the start menu would be on the desktop. Do you mean you'd try to remove it from the desktop?
    Yes. That is exactly what I mean.

    As far as I am concerned there's no need for the old fashioned Start Menu and Start Button. I already have a "start button" there, with two separate functions: right click gives me the items for computer and Windows management, left click opens "start menu", the Start Screen.

    I am so pleased with the Start Screen functions and its superior diversity compared to Start Menu on previous Windows versions I for sure do not want it back.

    Kari
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