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Poll: Windows 8 users, are you using a 3rd party start menu?

Are you using a 3rd party start menu?

  • Yes, I am using a start menu replacement but would be fine without it.

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Yes, I am using a start menu replacement but would be unhappy without it.

    Votes: 20 28.2%
  • No start menu replacement.

    Votes: 39 54.9%
  • I am not using Windows 8 because I do not like the Metro UI.

    Votes: 10 14.1%

  • Total voters
    71

snoop101

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#1
I wanted to take an informal poll to see how many of the Windows 8 users are using a 3rd party start menu? I would also like to gauge whether the same people would still use windows 8 without a start menu replacement.


Edit: Any way to edit a poll?
 

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#2
I am quite pleased with windows 8 as it is and will not be using any third party customising unless I am convinced that they are safe to use.
 

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Not any more, thankfully. Been using a start menu for 17 years.
Went to the Windows 8 rehab center and finally broke the addiction to the start menu. :party:
 

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No
I will not downgrade any of my Windows Vista or Windows 7 computers to Windows 8 !
SO am not using Windows 8 anymore and will not downgrade to it when it comes out at any price.
I have bought every version of windows so for starting with 3.1 or was it 3.0 not sure on that .
BUT i am going to pass on 8 for sure
I would use Linux if THE Windows 8-9 line is the last version of windows!!!
Jerry W.
 

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no using windows 8 as it supposed to be no start menu don't miss the start menu
 

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I have been using Start Menu in W7 very seldomly anyway, and with Start Screen is almost the same...almost, but being able to quickly review new emails, news etc. is a bonus. Not to mention the incredibly fast booting...
 

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#7
Edit: Any way to edit a poll?
Yes there is only one way. Request an admin to edit it for you. You can ask Brink.

I don't know what you want to edit, just a suggestion from me: You have made it a private poll where we can't see who has voted for what. You might want to change that to public poll so we may know which member has voted for what.

Regarding the topic: There is no point of running Windows 8 and make it function like Windows 7. Doesn't make sense. I absolutely love the way Windows 8 is and the start screen and the question of a start menu just doesn't arise.
 

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#8
Thus far for testing and eval, have only used a start menu replacement to see what they offered. Wanted to get familiar with and use Windows 8 as intended to be used.

Would guess that if Windows 8 became my OS on my primary boxes, I would most likely add start menu support if nothing more than to see the hierachy of apps. Most things would be just pinned to my taskbar in the classic desktop as it is in Windows 7.
 

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Edit: Any way to edit a poll?
Yes there is only one way. Request an admin to edit it for you. You can ask Brink.

I don't know what you want to edit, just a suggestion from me: You have made it a private poll where we can't see who has voted for what. You might want to change that to public poll so we may know which member has voted for what.

Regarding the topic: There is no point of running Windows 8 and make it function like Windows 7. Doesn't make sense. I absolutely love the way Windows 8 is and the start screen and the question of a start menu just doesn't arise.
Thanks for the info on editing the poll. I just wanted to change the wording of the second question. Not a big deal. As for making the poll public, I see no reason to do that.
 

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I am only using Windows 8 on a VM at the moment for research and development purposes and to see what can be customized, I currently make Windows 7 visual styles and one of my favorite parts of making a visual style is the start menu as it has the least amount of limitations and allows more creativeness, so for my fans I have found the best solution to bring back the start menu so far and that is StartIsBack, this is not a start menu replacement, it actually adds code back in to bring back the native start menu in Windows 8 but with added functionality.

The developer has actually found a way to keep both the fully functional start screen (Modern UI) as well as the Desktop start menu, and whats better is that when on the start screen, which is not loaded at startup, has only your modern UI full screen apps shown and when in your desktop your normal start menu is only for your desktop programs, this separation gives you a beautiful looking start screen with only your fully supported modern UI apps and tiles, it's clutter free from anything you would run on your desktop.

Also because this is the native start menu that was taken out, it has the full functionality that people are used to in Windows 7 but also adds support to have your own custom start button and also adds support to have transparency enabled or disabled for the start menu and taskbar.

There are also other Modern UI options to disable hot spots on the desktop if you prefer to have a more native desktop experience and custom options to invoke the start screen (Modern UI)

So instead of trying to disable metro this is a more unified approach and from what I have seen so far a much better approach and less alienating for the average user.

I would also like to mention that this does not add any system files from Windows 7 and is not some sort of hack, this just brings back what MS tried to take out, it does not use any more processes, it doesn't use extra memory, it is fully stable even in it's current beta 3 stage and when finished will have a complete no fuss installer, this developer initially started off with a project that did use the explorer.exe from Windows 7 that he provided for free but has decided that StartIsBack will not be, at the moment there is no talk of price and the current beta is time bombed, it doesn't have any installer at the moment either but is fairly simple to install or uninstall.

My advice would be to try it if you can, don't be so sure that what MS wants us all to conform to is the only or best solution, inform yourself and see if there could have been a better implementation of the Modern UI that doesn't make the average user feel confused or stupid.
 
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I am using Windows 8 as is. I have used the Start Screen in various ways, first trying it as just a launcher, then using it to separate Modern UI apps from Desktop applications. After recently reading an article which makes reference to the Start Screen as a dashboard, I've started tooling around with that concept, and really like it. Since I'm already a fan of hot keys and the run command, and since I generally just hit the Windows key instead of clicking on the start menu (in Windows 7), I can honestly say I like how Windows 8 runs and has operated with my previous position (using Windows 8 on a dual-Xeon workstation with two 24" WS displays) and my current position (using it on my HP ProBook).
 

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Nope, haven't used it in over a year.

The Start Screen for me has been used as the menu, with items on the Taskbar. It's now my backstage where I launched everything from as I've gotten so fluent with, I use it so often it makes sense. I see no functionality lost, in fact, it gives more freedom to arrange things to my liking. It's a UI to Start something and a UI to see updated content at a glance.
 

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I am currently using Start8 but have started to appreciate what MS was doing by removing the Start button. With a little more time I could probably remove the start button all together as I've become quite comfortable not using it.
 

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Interesting results! I am somewhat surprised at the number of users who do no have a start button replacement program. I was expecting the majority to at least have a start button replacement installed but be fine without it.
 

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I stopped using the Start Menu when I installed Windows 7 so the change in Windows 8 made no difference so no don't need a start replacement.
 

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The old start menu is so unnecessary, and when you do want it, apps are laid out in a much better format. People don't like it simply because it's different
 

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A start button does not concern me, however as soon as the Windows 8 tablets are available I am buying one (not RT) as I think Windows 8 belongs on a pure touch device.
 

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Am using W8 Enterprise with Ex7ForW8 hack to restore original W7 Orb/Start Menu, fully functional exactly as is in W7.

Has toggle switch used in active GUI to interchange between Explorer7/Orb start menu, and Explorer8/Metro.

W8 flies with this set up, and Ex7ForW8 runs seamless.

No Orb/Start Menu ... no W8 for me.
 

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No Start menu mod for me. If Windows 8 doesn't work for me out of the Box I won't buy it. It doesn't, not on my non touch desktop PC's or my laptop. If I manage to get myself a tablet that will likely end up being my only Windows 8 device.
 

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