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Another Poll about the Desktop Start Menu

View Poll Results: Good Start Menu Replacement and Acceptance of Windows 8

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  • Having a good start menu replacement greatly enhances my acceptance of Windows 8.

    24 44.44%
  • Having a good start menu replacement enhances my acceptance of Windows 8, but not greatly.

    7 12.96%
  • Neither of the above

    23 42.59%
  1. #1


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    Another Poll about the Desktop Start Menu


    This poll is interesting to me, but it doesn't substantively or clearly get at what I'd most like to know in relation to having a desktop start menu and our proclivities to accept Windows 8 in a post-purchase, Windows 8 in-use environment. In conducting this poll, I am trying to get at the proportion of the Windows 8 Forums users experiencing that having a good desktop start-menu replacement enhances their acceptance of Windows 8. This approach is intended to distinguish primarily between the responses of two disparate groups: (1) those experiencing that having a good desktop start-menu replacement enhances their acceptance of Windows 8 greatly or to a lesser extent and (2) those not having such an experience--not having the experience of a good desktop start-menu replacement enhancing their acceptance of Windows 8 greatly or to a lesser extent. Individuals might not have such an experience because they don't use what they consider to be a good start menu replacement (e.g., no start menu replacement) in Windows 8 or the good replacement they use in Windows 8 does not enhance their acceptance of Windows 8.

    Edit: To be clear, my poll contains a response that is appropriate for each individual using Windows 8 (please read my elaboration above). Also, you can change you vote if you feel the need.
    Last edited by znod; 21 Jan 2013 at 20:34.

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  2. #2


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    I'm sure this topic has been debated "Ad Nauseam". Windows 8 is as it is -- we have to use it or dump it. If we use it and don't like some features then we have to find work arounds or use products from people who have done the work for us.

    If we still don't like it then simply DUMP IT, install W7 / XP / even Windows 95 if you want (or can --love to see Win 95 with SATA and USB3 !! on a PHYSICAL not a VIRTUAL machine!!) or switch to some Linux distro or buy a product from "The Fruit Company".

    Cheers
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    Your poll response would be appreciated. The poll is intended to provide quantitative data. In this regard, I think it will be of interest to contrast the results of this poll and the one I linked at the outset. I suppose individuals can debate if they want, but providing a debate medium is not my intention.
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  4. #4


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I bought a laptop with Windows 8 because it was cheaper than the same laptop with Windows 7. I did some homework before making the purchase, discovering that Windows 8 provided a way to run all the programs I needed to run on that particular machine and did not limit me to only those programs that were Metro. In other words, it provided the Desktop. I installed Start8 because I spend virtually all the time on the desktop and like the one-click access to just about everything I do on Windows including get to the control panel, access the most recent documents I've opened, open "My Computer" or check its properties, etc. If the start menu was just for accessing a program, it wouldn't be worth it. I keep my top few frequently accessed programs pinned to the task bar or the start screen.

    So in response to the poll, the start menu issue didn't affect my purchase decision. But having the start menu add on later made Windows 8 less frustrating (I didn't have to keep going back to the Start screen and typing something like I was in DOS to get to some things).
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    Did you respond to the poll? All responses appreciated. I think you "qualify" for responding given what you say.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I accept and enjoy Windows 8 as it is, Start Screen increases my productivity and I get things done quicker.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    I'm sure this topic has been debated "Ad Nauseam". Windows 8 is as it is -- we have to use it or dump it. If we use it and don't like some features then we have to find work arounds or use products from people who have done the work for us.

    If we still don't like it then simply DUMP IT, install W7 / XP / even Windows 95 if you want (or can --love to see Win 95 with SATA and USB3 !! on a PHYSICAL not a VIRTUAL machine!!) or switch to some Linux distro or buy a product from "The Fruit Company".

    Cheers
    jimbo
    On an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.
    It will barely boot, you will get an IOS protection error, right after restart after install.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Your polls are biased. This poll assumes you're using a start menu replacement. You need to have an option "I don't use a start menu replacement".
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    My poll (I assume you meant only one poll) does not assume use of a start menu replacement for all poll responses. I emphasize that a main point of my poll is inquiring about enhanced acceptance of Win8 flowing from the experience of using a good start menu replacement. There is no bias, per se, in this context. And, look at the last sentence in my post #1--which explains how I have allowed for non-use. So, in general, the poll is not biased for the reasons you mention.
    Last edited by znod; 21 Jan 2013 at 15:13.
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  10. #10


    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Your polls are biased. This poll assumes you're using a start menu replacement. You need to have an option "I don't use a start menu replacement".
    I thought "Neither of the above" fit that criteria.
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