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Replacement Start Menus - Consensus of opinion

  1. #1


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM

    Replacement Start Menus - Consensus of opinion


    I have been a big advocate of Ex7For8 to restore the traditional Win7 Orb Start Menu, and up until recently it had been OK. But after installing a batch of recent updates, on start up it takes about 30 seconds after the desktop appears before any apps can be run. And when I click on an app/program it takes another 30 seconds to open it.

    Once any given app/program has been opened once, it re-opens next time at normal speed. This only happens when boot is straight to desktop which is running Windows 7 Explorer shell. If boot is to Metro, all apps/programs open instantly. So it seems Ex7For8 has run it's course of usefulness.

    Is there a consensus of opinion as to which is the best restoration start menu, and which one most most closely resembles the original Win7 Orb Start Menu?

    Or are there as many preferences as there are alternative start menus?

    I'm currently running StartIsBack in trial mode and it seems to have fixed the problem.

    What I want to know is if this is running Explorer 7 or 8?

    And has anyone encountered problems with it?

    And how much it costs after the trial runs out?

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Startisback uses win 8 explorer.

    $3 for 2 pc license.
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  3. #3


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Startisback uses win 8 explorer.

    $3 for 2 pc license.
    Thank you SIW2. Pretty hard price to beat!
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  4. #4


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Classic Shell is free. And very good.

    I put it on my Win 8 setup, mainly for consistency with my other OSes.
    But I find that I'm not using it that much, and could probably remove it.
    Quick-Launch, on the other hand, is a different story. It isn't going anywhere.
    A task-bar and/or desktop full of crap isn't going to happen here. (Yes, I do
    use the Start Screen).

    Wenda.
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  5. #5


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    @ Wenda. Thanks for input. I did try Classic Shell in earlier testing, but I prefer something that duplicates as closely as possible Win7 Orb Start Menu.

    I can live without a legacy start menu and use start screen and create tool bars to AppData, User, Programs; and replace jump start menu with icons attached to taskbar, but it's all there in Win7 Orb ready set up. And quicker to use than the above.


    Since I don't use Metro apps, and work entirely on desktop, I want something that boots straight to it. And don't wan to jump off desktop to access start screen.

    Horses for courses of course! No pun intended, it's not Randwick already!

    Cheers
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  6. #6


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    @Mustang: - Not a problem, mate. All good.
    Wenda.
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  7. #7


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    Microsoft Windows


    You mean you want the Windows 7 orb? You can change it. Right click Classic Shell's Start button -> settings -> Start button tab -> Pick custom. Download image from http://i.imgur.com/ObwKE.png and set it as Start button image.
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  8. #8


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    I don't use any menu anymore. If I do, I use one that works great, opens fast and is responsive. It doesn't need to be 100% identical to the original one from Win7: that one is gone and nobody can bring it back as it was (the real File Explorer process is the one that should do the job... no hack is needed here).

    I used the menu a lot, the one that came with Win98 for example. But the vista one included search, I got used to that.
    As it took me some time to get used to the menu, it took me some time to forget it again.

    It's pretty sad to see someone attach to an interface that will probably chance as the ideas and programmers change as well.

    I was using Classic Shell and will still use it when the need is high. But it seems we have a lot of choice lately.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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  9. #9


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    I use Start8 on all my machines and it works flawless so far.

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  10. #10


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Classic Shell, of course.
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