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iobit StartMenu8 v ClassicShell

  1. #11

    I haven't tried Start8 for quite a while. There wouldn't be a positive answer too your question.
    I don't think either is "better", just a difference in the layout. Classic is (IMO) totally customisable, so , without using the other, I am a little sceptical regarding Start8 having more options?
    Speed? When I start from cold, without using any electronic timing mechanism, Classic goes fairly instantly to the desktop, there could be a pause of a fraction of a second, however. transiting between the modern and the legacy desktop, it is, to all intents and purposes, instant.

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  2. #12

    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    "Also a lot of problems I see in Windows 8, especially with Windows Update, comes from people having a useless menu replacement installed."

    Which problems do you refer to?
    I have been using Classic as a second "legacy" start menu, to back up modern, since the first available release of Windows 8. I have encountered very few windows 8 direct related problems, least of all with classic, for which I have had none?

    I have been using Classic Shell since I installed Win 8 with no issues. Never with Windows update.
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  3. #13

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    Windows 8.1 + StartIsBack + AeroGlass

    If you want your Start menu as it was on Win7, StartIsBack is the best of the bunch. It actually makes windows 8 bearable.

    Review: Help! I’ve got Windows 8 and I miss my Start menu! | Ars Technica
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  4. #14

    StartIsBack looks promising; however, I'm a bit concerned over the fact that it looks like support might be limited to the single person that (most likely) wrote the code. Anyway, good suggestion.
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  5. #15

    Startisback is by far the best. Not a copy that looks like a cheap copy but the real thing. Oh, and support here.
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  6. #16

    Looks nice in the pictures. I know both that and start8 are small pocket money, but I am happy with the totally free Classic.

    Just tried "Startisback.". Not too different from classic. But I didn't try to customise it and it seemed a little buggy. I totally lost the modern screen in there? uninstalled it again.

    P.S. Later.

    I reinstalled and went for the customisation. Not bad at all.
    Last edited by davehc; 07 Feb 2013 at 06:06.
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  7. #17

    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 Pro

    I've tried many also, and Start8 is by far the best, in my opinion.
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  8. #18

    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    Also a lot of problems I see in Windows 8, especially with Windows Update, comes from people having a useless menu replacement installed.
    What problems would these be??

    I've been using Start8 since it first came out and have had absolutely NO problems in Windows 8. Best $5 software purchase I ever made!
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  9. #19

    Posts : 62
    Microsoft Windows

    I made a skin for everyone who is disappointed with the Classic Shell look. With this skin: Introducing WinAero’s exclusive Skin Pack for Classic Shell | Winaero, they get exact looking lovely transparent main menu in Classic Shell too and nice user picture jutting out like original Windows 7 menu. Please if you have time to try it, let me know.
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  10. #20

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That looks useful.
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