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Classic Shell for Windows 8

  1. #121


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    It's Great to see there are so many apps that you can use to "get rid" of the ugly useless metro style interface. I knew about ViStart and searched this forum just in hopes of finding more.. Good Thread! I'd star and flag you Ivo but this isn't AboveTopSecret.com. LOL

    I think in time all the nasty things about Windows 8 that people don't like will be modded out of it by the Windows fans. So far, I've found very few people that like the user interface in Win 8.

    Hey.. I just found out there is a registry hack to get your start orb back too ! You don't ever have to see Metro again. How to get a Windows 7 start menu in Windows 8 | Geek.com
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 15 Aug 2012 at 16:00. Reason: additional information

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  2. #122


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    The registry hack does not work. It was only for the Developer Preview version from last year. Ever since the Consumer Preview in February it doesn't work no more.
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  3. #123


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Oh I see.. Thanks Ivo. Is there another way to pybass the metro screen and go directly to the desktop with your chosen start orb? A registry hack perhaps? It's kinda of a drag having to see that ugly thing first before you can go to the desktop.

    Ya know.. I propose there be a thread here to make all these changes to Win 8 for people who really can't stand the way it is now.. turning it back in to an OS that has the functionality of windows 7 and none of the new windows 8 changes that people don't like. The start orb is awesome but i'm sure there are many other things that need to be tweaked. It could be called the Make windows 8 more user friendly thread LOL. I do see some benefits to Metro and the other changes if you have a touch screen or if you have to use the windows phone compatibility resources that's build in to windows 8 - but for desktop users who don't need them, those things just get in the way of user experience.
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  4. #124


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    My limited tests show that Start8 and Classic Shell can run side by side. The Classic Shell orb will appear on top of the Start8 orb.
    You can make a fully transparent button image for Start8, and then you won't see it at all.
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  5. #125


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
    My limited tests show that Start8 and Classic Shell can run side by side. The Classic Shell orb will appear on top of the Start8 orb.
    You can make a fully transparent button image for Start8, and then you won't see it at all.
    Either that doesn't really answer my question or I'm not understanding your answer. In my Win 8 RTM I see the metro screen first, before I can go to the desktop.. I have to click on a "desktop" metro button/icon to get to the desktop - an extra step i'd rather avoid.

    I've looked at Stardock Start8 and I hate it. It has that same metro style. It's just as ugly, as is the new Internet Explorer interface. It's like Microsoft said, " Hey, lets get rid of the nice tool bars and make them plain and ugly to give a performance boost and not give a crap about how they look. "
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  6. #126


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    Both Classic Shell and Start8 have the option to go to the Desktop automatically. You can try both, and see which works for you.

    If it turns out Start8 works for you but not Classic Shell, and you want to use the Classic Shell orb and start menu, you can install both programs and only use Start8 for its feature to get to the Desktop and not for its start menu.
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  7. #127


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
    Both Classic Shell and Start8 have the option to go to the Desktop automatically. You can try both, and see which works for you.

    If it turns out Start8 works for you but not Classic Shell, and you want to use the Classic Shell orb and start menu, you can install both programs and only use Start8 for its feature to get to the Desktop and not for its start menu.
    Oh, I got you.. Thanks. I didn't actually try Classic Shell. As I said in my first post above. I tried VIStart Menu. Didn't know Classic Start had this feature built in. Awesome.
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  8. #128


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    Ah, sorry. I got confused because there's another thread going on on a similar topic: Log on screen - bypass having to press the picture
    And this is a thread about Classic Shell after all
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  9. #129


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Hey.. I didn't realize it at first but your the guy who made Classic Shell aren't ya? I'll confirm too that Classic Shell works fine on Windows 8 RTM.

    I'm glad it has skins for different OS's. My wife has refused to switch from XP to Win 7 because she can't stand the Win 7 start interface. I've been fighting with her to upgrade for two years. I used Classic Shell running in Windows 8 to show her how it can resemble and mimic the XP start interface. She was impressed. Now, I just may get her to switch.
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  10. #130


    Posts : 62
    Microsoft Windows


    Indeed CS and Start8 can run simultaneously. One advantage Start8 has is showing the Desktop faster if you are logging in manually. But if you use autologon, Start8 fails to show the desktop sometimes as it logs on even before its service has started. CS is more reliable at always showing the desktop in case Start8 fails to do so.
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