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Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8

  1. #30


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by v0id View Post
    Start8 is even better! I'm using it
    Agree. Gives you the new native look and feel of Windows 8. Very well made I think. If one would like to one can also opt to have the Metro start screen to pop up as a menu instead. Cost $4.99, but I think it is worth it.

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  2. #31


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    If you want an exact replica of W7 Orb/Start Menu, with ALL the functions, click: Ex7ForW8.

    It requres slightly more work, as you need the W7 Installation disk to load it; but it only takes a matter of seconds to extract Explorer 7 files.

    Once loaded it has a toggle switch between Explorer8/Metro and Explorer7/Orb Start Menu.

    In effect you're running either Explorer 7 or 8. When using Ex7 Metro is totally gone, on boot and after boot; but only a click away if you need to access it from the active GUI.

    I'm using it on Enterprise 8, and after all available updates still runs seamless. And W8 on SSD SATA3 with I5 CPU absolutely flies.
    I had been using Classic Shell and telling everyone to use it. I just stumbled on this app, Ex7forW8 because I specifically searched Google for a way to disable the "metro" UI completely. I was so impressed I wanted to tell everyone here so I did a search and found this thread. LOL I absolutely love this because does exactly what it says, gives you back your start menu while keeping the metro UI from loading at all. It has no extra bloat you don't need like most of the other apps in the list in this thread. I'm even using it with Classic Shell to get the other missing features back in Explorer except for the start orb as Classic Shell doesn't disable metro.

    I find it strange Brink didn't add this to the list of other apps that are not in the tutorial - it's the best solution for the job IMO. It is on the first page anyway, hopefully no one will over look trying it out.
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  3. #32


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    If you want an exact replica of W7 Orb/Start Menu, with ALL the functions, click: Ex7ForW8.

    It requres slightly more work, as you need the W7 Installation disk to load it; but it only takes a matter of seconds to extract Explorer 7 files.

    Once loaded it has a toggle switch between Explorer8/Metro and Explorer7/Orb Start Menu.

    In effect you're running either Explorer 7 or 8. When using Ex7 Metro is totally gone, on boot and after boot; but only a click away if you need to access it from the active GUI.

    I'm using it on Enterprise 8, and after all available updates still runs seamless. And W8 on SSD SATA3 with I5 CPU absolutely flies.
    I had been using Classic Shell and telling everyone to use it. I just stumbled on this app, Ex7forW8 because I specifically searched Google for a way to disable the "metro" UI completely. I was so impressed I wanted to tell everyone here so I did a search and found this thread. LOL I absolutely love this because does exactly what it says, gives you back your start menu while keeping the metro UI from loading at all. It has no extra bloat you don't need like most of the other apps in the list in this thread. I'm even using it with Classic Shell to get the other missing features back in Explorer except for the start orb as Classic Shell doesn't disable metro.

    I find it strange Brink didn't add this to the list of other apps that are not in the tutorial - it's the best solution for the job IMO. It is on the first page anyway, hopefully no one will over look trying it out.
    Ex7forW8?

    that one uses Win7 Explorer so it doesn't do the same thing the others do.
    It's good it wasn't added to the list in the tutorial because it's more like a hack and not an installable program.

    By the way I've tested it a while back. Not sure if they changed anything in the meantime but the used theme cannot be changed anymore after using Win7 explorer... AND I was stuck with high contrast.

    It was mentioned somewhere on the forum, more than once.
    Works but be careful when/how you use it, at you own risk.
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  4. #33


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dark Rider,

    I didn't add Ex7forW8 since it's from an unknown source without their own source site. I don't post anything that could be security risk.
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  5. #34


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Rider View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    If you want an exact replica of W7 Orb/Start Menu, with ALL the functions, click: Ex7ForW8.

    It requres slightly more work, as you need the W7 Installation disk to load it; but it only takes a matter of seconds to extract Explorer 7 files.

    Once loaded it has a toggle switch between Explorer8/Metro and Explorer7/Orb Start Menu.

    In effect you're running either Explorer 7 or 8. When using Ex7 Metro is totally gone, on boot and after boot; but only a click away if you need to access it from the active GUI.

    I'm using it on Enterprise 8, and after all available updates still runs seamless. And W8 on SSD SATA3 with I5 CPU absolutely flies.
    I had been using Classic Shell and telling everyone to use it. I just stumbled on this app, Ex7forW8 because I specifically searched Google for a way to disable the "metro" UI completely. I was so impressed I wanted to tell everyone here so I did a search and found this thread. LOL I absolutely love this because does exactly what it says, gives you back your start menu while keeping the metro UI from loading at all. It has no extra bloat you don't need like most of the other apps in the list in this thread. I'm even using it with Classic Shell to get the other missing features back in Explorer except for the start orb as Classic Shell doesn't disable metro.

    I find it strange Brink didn't add this to the list of other apps that are not in the tutorial - it's the best solution for the job IMO. It is on the first page anyway, hopefully no one will over look trying it out.
    Ex7forW8?

    that one uses Win7 Explorer so it doesn't do the same thing the others do.
    It's good it wasn't added to the list in the tutorial because it's more like a hack and not an installable program.

    By the way I've tested it a while back. Not sure if they changed anything in the meantime but the used theme cannot be changed anymore after using Win7 explorer... AND I was stuck with high contrast
    .

    It was mentioned somewhere on the forum, more than once.
    Works but be careful when/how you use it, at you own risk.
    Exactly.
    Opening Personalize only shows you an error.

    From what i see Ex7forW8 is from a neighbor forum.
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  6. #35


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Thanks guys. I understand why it wasn't added - But.. I can change my themes just fine, no problem on any of them. I don't get any error messages at all. I'm running Windows 8 Core RTM 64 bit. I was able to switch themes while the using 7's Explorer. I uninstalled the program, logged out (it actually tells you to log out of your account) then back in, and had no trouble switching themes. I then rebooted and still didn't have any trouble switching themes. The latest release was in November of 2012. Perhaps it was a bug he fixed. Now, I'm happily gonna re-install it.

    Perhaps folks can set a restore point before trying it just in case the Personalize error gets them or do a full backup before hand with something like Macrium Reflect.

    This guy Tihiy has been around for a while making apps and releasing them since at least 2009. He has more tools here, so he is known to the Microsoft user community. Tihiy's tools - MSFN Forum Perhaps he just doesn't choose to have a full website. He is the developer of StartIsBack, the difference being that doesn't use any windows 7 code to work like his free version here. C-Net is carrying StartIsBack so the guy had to check out at least to C-Net. I think he saw he could make a good app people wanted then decided to do it proper so he could charge for it. It's only three US dollars for a 2 PC license.
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 17 Feb 2013 at 20:21.
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  7. #36


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    When Even A Microsoft MVP Uses A Start Menu in 8 - There's Hope.

    In this thread over at Microsoft Forums:

    Is it possible to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 for free? - Microsoft Community

    Mike Hall MVP says:

    If you don't like the default Start Menu or the apps, try one of these..


    Use an alternative start menu..
    Free..
    Welcome to Classic Shell

    Costs $5 but is just like Windows 7..
    Start8™ for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu

    They make a huge difference to usability, trust me. I use one myself and would be back with Windows 7 were it not for Start8. Now, I have the best of both worlds. I can still get stuff done, and can have a play with the 'other' side now and again..

    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit - 880G chipset - AMD Phenom X4 965 - 8gb - Start8
    Location - SWO Canada
    Now I've heard it all, has Microsoft heard it though?
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  8. #37


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    When Even A Microsoft MVP Uses A Start Menu in 8 - There's Hope.

    In this thread over at Microsoft Forums:

    Is it possible to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 for free? - Microsoft Community

    Mike Hall MVP says:

    If you don't like the default Start Menu or the apps, try one of these..


    Use an alternative start menu..
    Free..
    Welcome to Classic Shell

    Costs $5 but is just like Windows 7..
    Start8™ for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu

    They make a huge difference to usability, trust me. I use one myself and would be back with Windows 7 were it not for Start8. Now, I have the best of both worlds. I can still get stuff done, and can have a play with the 'other' side now and again..

    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit - 880G chipset - AMD Phenom X4 965 - 8gb - Start8
    Location - SWO Canada
    Now I've heard it all, has Microsoft heard it though?
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  9. #38


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    You don't need to pay anything. Use the excellent app Windows 7 Start Menu for Windows 8

    It grafts on the Win7 Start menu using Win7 explorer, toggles off Metro until you want it again so that it doesn't load into RAM which makes WIn8 seem to run faster.

    I reported this earlier in the thread, and am also an MVP supporting MS's only wildly successful OS with booming sales, writing this from 2013 Global MVP Summit in Seattle.
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  10. #39


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    You don't need to pay anything. Use the excellent app Windows 7 Start Menu for Windows 8

    It grafts on the Win7 Start menu using Win7 explorer, toggles off Metro until you want it again so that it doesn't load into RAM which makes WIn8 seem to run faster.

    I reported this earlier in the thread, and am also an MVP supporting MS's only wildly successful OS with booming sales, writing this from 2013 Global MVP Summit in Seattle.
    Didn't you run in some issues with that?
    Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8

    Apart from what I've seen, all works well.
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