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Classic Shell for Windows 8

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    Whenever I'm troubleshooting or performance testing, I uninstall any AV, run tests, then install the AV and run the same tests to ensure the AV software isn't causing any issues. With Win8, the only AV I'm running is Windows Defender, which comes with the OS. I don't believe that the AV vendors have any mature (stable) products for Win8 yet.

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  2. #192


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I've installed the latest version (3.6.5) of Classic Shell once more to see how it goes. There were no major updates after the install, so I'll have to wait and see what happens with the next update. If things go foul, I'll try and capture as much information as a I can, so that we can find out whether it's Classic Shell or me that's the problem. As a side note (Luddite Hat on), Windows 8 really is a lot better with that darn tooting, familiar, menu system.
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    As things would have it, there was another important update and this time everything went fine. I was worried at one point after restart, as the updating screen appeared to get stuck on 30% and then when it went into reboot before it got to 100%, but all was good come login.
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    Win 8 Pro, Win 7 Pro, Server 2008, Linux


    Great app. I use this on win 7 also to get the XP feel.
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    To save me wading through every post on this thread, is there a way to show the programs list in the jump start menu window ... as in Win7 Start Menu?

    I've got latest version of Classic Shell and spent a lot of time trying to find a way and can't.
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    If you mean like in Windows 7, I don't think you can, with mine the program list opens on the right like it did with XP from memory. I believe that Start8 copies the Windows 7 start menu exactly. Once Stardock finalise ModernMix, I might buy both Start8 and ModernMix and get back what should have been provided in Windows 8 from the outset.
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  7. #197


    Mustang, when I open Classic Shell, it has five programs listed on top. Then it has "Programs," and that opens everything.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    To save me wading through every post on this thread, is there a way to show the programs list in the jump start menu window ... as in Win7 Start Menu?
    I don't know if this is what you are talking about or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    If you mean like in Windows 7, I don't think you can, with mine the program list opens on the right like it did with XP from memory. I believe that Start8 copies the Windows 7 start menu exactly. Once Stardock finalise ModernMix, I might buy both Start8 and ModernMix and get back what should have been provided in Windows 8 from the outset.
    Thanks Ray. Have bought StartIsBack and using at moment without problems, but if it gets borked by M$ updates will go for a freebie; or paid one if it exactly replicates Win7 Orb Start Menu & provides free updates to counter any M$ updates that bork it.

    Hopefully StartIsBack will handle any updates as it is derived from hidden start menu in W8 so it's using native code.

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    I don't know if this is what you are talking about or not.
    No, this is what I'm talking about:

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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Classic Shell appears to have fixed what was a known issue when it came to updates and I haven't had any problems since. There was a major update today and everything went smoothly. This review gives a comparison of Classic Shell and Start8, which is a fairly well balanced review: Stardock Start8 vs. Classic Shell | Maximum PC.

    When ModernMix comes out of beta into its full version, I think I'll get it and may get Start8 as well, as I assume that they will play nicely together. Classic Shell might work OK, but I don't mind how Start8 brings everything back to how I like it, not how Microsoft likes it.
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