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Can the old start menu be disabled?

  1. #11


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    Ah, I see now Jeff.

    You could unpin the Desktop tile as MrShowdown posted above, but there's no way to stop going to the desktop unless you just never use or open a desktop program or feature.

    That's going to be real hard to do in Windows 8 since that's at least half of what it is.

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  2. #12


    Macau
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    yes , right click the "desktop" tile and unpin from "start" ..

    im not sure how to bring it back if you regret tho
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  3. #13


    BELGIUM
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    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    thanks guys,

    Neoteo, bringing it back is simple. Just open apps and on the left down, you see desktop. You can pin it again.


    Jeff
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  4. #14


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    If all else fails. This will restore the Desktop tile.

    Desktop - Restore Missing Tile on Windows 8 Start Screen
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  5. #15


    BELGIUM
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    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    hi guys,

    still this puzzles me.

    Why can MS not consider the REAL START SCREEN as the deskstop screen, this should be possible.

    I understand there is much behind the desktop, but it should be possible to convert this to the new start menu.

    At least for PC's.

    Jeff
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    The simple answer is, you can't run every program as an app, not at the moment anyway. Also be careful what you wish for. At this time Metro will only run full screen and only on one monitor. If everything RAN in the Metro environment multi monitor setups would be useless. Running everything from Metro may be fine on a tablet but it would suck big time on a workstation/desktop that uses more than one display.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi guys,

    still this puzzles me.

    Why can MS not consider the REAL START SCREEN as the deskstop screen, this should be possible.

    I understand there is much behind the desktop, but it should be possible to convert this to the new start menu.

    At least for PC's.

    Jeff
    Your naming conventions are confusing me.
    Here are mine, which I'm pretty sure are the official ones:

    Start menu: In windows 7 an before it's what pops up when you click on the windows logo in the taskbar

    Start screen: shows applications in great big blocks, takes up the whole screen

    Desktop: has the taskbar, is where everything lives in Windows 7 and prior, and where non-metro apps live on Windows 8. In Windows 8 the desktop does not have a start menu


    Microsoft intends the Start screen to replace the start menu and to bring focus away from the Desktop. Most applications and a good portion of Windows 8 components only work in the desktop.

    Assuming that I'm correctly understanding your request: try IObit's Start menu 8. It's designed to add a start menu to the windows 8 desktop, and is able to override the start screen so that all you ever see is the Desktop.
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  8. #18


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    hi FuturDreamz,

    maybe i misinformed you, but i want the start menu in Windows 8 (what many here do not want) to replace the desktop which i do not need.

    i find it strange that this cannot happen.

    Jeff
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi FuturDreamz,

    maybe i misinformed you, but i want the start menu in Windows 8 (what many here do not want) to replace the desktop which i do not need.

    i find it strange that this cannot happen.

    Jeff
    One does not replace the other, not yet anyway. It's my understanding that "Metro" and the "Desktop" are two different environments. Applications coded for Metro will only run in Metro. Standard Desktop programs will only run from the desktop. To get what you want all of the current desktop utilities and programs would have to be recoded to run in the Metro environment. It's not as easy as you might think. To get what you want you would be better off with a Windows RT device that is Metro only. Even then though I think RT devices still have the Desktop screen. Someone with an RT device can confirm that and what exactly you can do from it, if anything. If you are seeing the Desktop you are likely running a Desktop program, something you can't do on an RT device.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi FuturDreamz,

    maybe i misinformed you, but i want the start menu in Windows 8 (what many here do not want) to replace the desktop which i do not need.

    i find it strange that this cannot happen.

    Jeff
    I don't think it's possible. Desktop is a "windowing" environment where applications can be in all shapes and sizes, and can have multiple parts open at the same time. Using it is unavoidable for most applications.

    In future versions of Windows I expect more of the system to be upgraded so that components no longer use desktop, but you will still need desktop to run non-metro apps.
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