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Poll: If Windows 8 had the start menu button

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  1. #1


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Poll: If Windows 8 had the start menu button


    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)
    Last edited by sygnus21; 20 Jan 2013 at 16:03.

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  2. #2


    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 really wouldn't matter to me. As soon as I saw what Win8 is about, I created a taskbar tool bar linked to a folder holding shortcuts for all the things, including some folders, I need to get to from the desktop quickly and pinned some shortcuts to the taskbar for things I really want fast access to. Subsequently, I have found no need to use 3rd-party software to provide a startmenu.

    And, it doesn't bother me that Win8 starts to the start screen without modification. My desktop tile is uppermost left: thus, I just do a return when the start screen shows up, and I am transported quickly to the desktop. I have no need to start directly to the desktop. Once on the desktop I seldom have any reason to go the metro area. For example, I use this option to for quitting work/play.

    I am using Win8 on an older laptop and am not missing anything significant to me--except UEFI/Fast Startup. On the other hand, I don't restart very often. The bottom line here is that I would not buy a new laptop just to have Win8 for "portable" use. On the other hand, if I wanted a new PC laptop, then I wouldn't refrain from buying one because Win8 is installed.

    I don't ever plan to install Win8 on my desktop (see system specs). Doing so would be essentially pointless and a fair amount of work. Win8 just doesn't offer me anything that would lead me to think twice about installing it on this machine.
    Last edited by znod; 21 Jan 2013 at 09:46.
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  3. #3


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    I agree with you 100% Znod. I, like you pin my shortcuts to the task bar, why do I need a Start Menu. To upgrade or not is a question of need and personal taste. Whatever works for you!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    No, I wouldn't be too inclined. In fact, if Windows 8 kept the same UI as Windows 7 and maybe tweaked a few things here and there, what Microsoft once said about the start menu usage would COMPLETELY dwindle down. If people continued to use the Taskbar as their "start" menu of sorts, not only would they had missed a chance to redo the UI but they would had SEVERELY missed their chances of the tablet PC market. Touching a start menu isn't close to ideal without a stylus.
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  5. #5


    Oregon
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    I think what you're asking is if Windows 8 had a Windows 7 start menu from "the factory," would we be more inclined to accept it? Cause Win8 does have a start menu, but it is different than the start menu in Windows 7. I like the Win8 start menu and have got to know it well enough that I uninstalled Start8.
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  6. #6


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    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...

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by sygnus21; 20 Jan 2013 at 16:40.
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  7. #7


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmeigs View Post
    I think what you're asking is if Windows 8 had a Windows 7 start menu from "the factory," would we be more inclined to accept it? Cause Win8 does have a start menu, but it is different than the start menu in Windows 7. I like the Win8 start menu and have got to know it well enough that I uninstalled Start8.
    I know what you are saying, but I think that most refer to the "metro" start thing as the start screen not the start menu.
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  8. #8


    NO. Replacement of the Win7 Start Button with the Win8 Start Screen is NOT a problem for me -- it was easy to quickly learn how to work with it using a mouse and keyboard.

    What I find to be a much more significant problem with Win8 is that I cannot access my BIOS Setup or change my boot device priority, since I upgraded from "Win7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM" to "Win8 Pro 64-bit"!!! People should be warned that fast startup and other benefits of Win8 require a newer computer with UEFI (not the traditional BIOS).
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    Edit: I don't recall the "from factory" terminology or the no third-party apps stipulation being included originally in post #1. My reply below was made before the changed wordings. Indeed, I speculated below about how these possible wordings changes might change the outcome of the poll. Now, I am concerned that some need to change their replies from no to yes to allow for the changes.
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    On reflection, I think that if MS had included a start menu, then many more individuals thinking of buying Win 8 or suddenly finding themselves using this OS would have been able to accept it much more readily. I think there may be a problem in interpreting the poll very generally because so many of us here have found ways around the missing start menu and, thus, don't see its absence as a problem. We would tend to reply no to the poll. Also, those that like the metro way of doing business and don't think that having a start menu is particularly important would tend to say no. So, the results of the poll are likely to be driven by these two disparate groups--both of which answer no. In other words, the poll's results may not tell us much the relationship between having a start menu of some type and accepting Win8. But, then, I am not quite sure what the pollster's intention is in this regard.

    I wonder what the poll's outcome would have been had it adressed the issue of: if Windows 8 had a start menu from "the factory," then would we be more inclined to accept this OS assuming that no start-menu alternatives exists. In this case, those that think having a start menu is important would tend to reply yes. And, 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.
    Last edited by znod; 22 Jan 2013 at 05:46.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    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.
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