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How do I get back the WinXP and Win7 Menu bar

  1. #1


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    How do I get back the WinXP and Win7 Menu bar


    I really don't care for this graphical drop down menu bar in Win8.1. Is it possible to get the old menu bar back? Thanks.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Could you provide a screen-shot of the bar in question ?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jacatone,

    If you like, you could install the free program Classic Shell, and set it to have the old menu bar in Explorer.

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    StartisBack or ex7forWin8, the latter can totally remove Metro (Start Screen). Startisback is actually pretty decent and free for single use
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    I'll give them a try. There's always been this issue since Vista of icons in a folder being displayed in "list" format. Even when you selected small or large icons, the setting never lasted. Was that ever resolved? It was never a problem in WinXP.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Jacatone,

    So far I haven't had any issues with Windows 8/8.1 remembering the view settings of a folder as they were when last closed from the same location it was opened from.
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    USA, CA
    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    +1 for classic shell it is my go to software for getting rid of metro. also for the view problem try setting your view then closing that window not just clicking back and then windows should remember it.
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    jacatone.
    Obviously, the advice in the thread is of interest to you. But, in your op, do you mean the drop down bar in the file manager? I cannot quite relate to any other "drop down" menu bar in Windows 8/8.1
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    Hey David,

    He just means the old menu bar like below in Windows Explorer from Vista and Windows 7.


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    Yes. That is what I was thinking. Tks Brink.

    He could try a third party. I have, from time to time, tried this one. For various reasons I have eventually come back to the built in ones!
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