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Yes, you can have your Start button back

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    Windows 8

    Yes, you can have your Start button back


    I got a new computer with Windows 8. I put the Classic Shell on. It skips the worthless Metro interface and goes right to the desktop.

    Some observations. The Aero Glass interface is gone. Some guy has come up with a work around but I am a little jumpy about trying that. The "new look" 8 windows are a few steps backwards and look just slightly better than Windows 3.1.

    I just have to shake my head and wonder who thought the Metro interface was an improvement. It isn't. It is all directed to get you into the Microsoft store. That is what it is all about - get you into the store to buy stuff. I should have known. Like they say in "All the President's Men" - "Follow the money". Oh, and once you are in the store, it is like a casino, it's hard to find the exit. The only word that comes to mind is "stupid".

    Oh, one other irritation. The most used application in the history of computing is missing from Windows 8 - Hearts.

    So if you just want your desktop and Start button button back, just put Classic Shell on and you'll never have to
    be bothered with Metro.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Welcome to the forums.
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  3. #3


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by LTWUser View Post
    I got a new computer with Windows 8. I put the Classic Shell on. It skips the worthless Metro interface and goes right to the desktop.
    I've heard that a lot.

    Some observations. The Aero Glass interface is gone. Some guy has come up with a work around but I am a little jumpy about trying that. The "new look" 8 windows are a few steps backwards and look just slightly better than Windows 3.1.
    Have a glass: Aero Glass for Windows 8 - BETA 1

    I just have to shake my head and wonder who thought the Metro interface was an improvement. It isn't. It is all directed to get you into the Microsoft store. That is what it is all about - get you into the store to buy stuff. I should have known. Like they say in "All the President's Men" - "Follow the money". Oh, and once you are in the store, it is like a casino, it's hard to find the exit. The only word that comes to mind is "stupid".
    Casino indeed.
    You need to figure out how to close that stuff: move mouse to top of screen (not in corners) when hand appears on top of screen, click and drag the entire (Store) window to the bottom to exit. The first time you encountered this... good luck.

    Oh, one other irritation. The most used application in the history of computing is missing from Windows 8 - Hearts.
    Get it back with the pack: Windows 7 Game Pack on Windows 8

    So if you just want your desktop and Start button button back, just put Classic Shell on and you'll never have to
    be bothered with Metro.
    This will add extra difficulty in future versions if Metro gets more developed.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I tried the "Windows 7 Game Pack on Windows 8" link. You end up on a page that says that it has been removed. Too bad. Thanks anyway.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by LTWUser View Post
    I tried the "Windows 7 Game Pack on Windows 8" link. You end up on a page that says that it has been removed. Too bad. Thanks anyway.
    Those kind of links do expire or get removed.
    Sorry I didn't checked it.

    See this one:
    Win 7 Games to Win 8
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Hey, thanks. I downloaded the 64 bit games, did the install, and I have the old games back!
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Hi, Welcome.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Nice.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I initially posted here just to vent about Windows 8 but it turned out that I got some excellent instruction as well. Thanks so much.
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    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Your first post probably coincides with the way many feel about this 8 thing.

    If you are stuck with it, you can try and work around most of the metro madness.

    Interested to see how much worse it gets from here on in. MS will be trying desperately to hook the users into their online subscriptions, advertising and whatever other other monetising schemes they can dream up. They will offering glass beads to tempt the users to sell their souls. It will be fun to watch.

    You will come across some users, even on computer forums who can't see what is going on. They are pretty funny.
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