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Living with Windows 8: On the desktop, it's just a better Windows 7

  1. #11


    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    I work from the desktop and I use Start8 which gives me everything I need. I love Windows 8

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  2. #12


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by MrStyles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    With the addition of classic shell, 8 is just fine fore the desktop environment. Rock solid, in fact.
    What is the classic shell?
    Classic shell is a small, free download that allows one to use win 8 without the metro nonsense, bypassing it completely and going direct to the familiar desktop, complete with start menu and start button. This allows the user to benefit from all the 'under the hood' improvements while not being burdened with the metro nonsense.

    There are many of these types of addons, classic shell is the one i use....and the most popular. It is also free.

    Welcome to Classic Shell
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  3. #13


    Australia
    Posts : 45
    Windows Eight


    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    With the addition of classic shell, 8 is just fine fore the desktop environment. Rock solid, in fact.
    I heard about Classic Shell and I was going to install it myself having read all the negatives and positives about the new Star screen/metro interface. I am glad I didn't, 90% of the time I'm on my desktop with the apps I need. And I do love the metro, it just flows and works for me. No point in going backward. I decided to go forward.
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  4. #14


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    I'm running W8 Pro OEM Builder for personal use, loaded from an installation disk boughr from a computer shop @ $149. I have 'Metro' switched off totally by using Ex7ForW8 hacked Orb start menu, which is imported from files off the W7 installation disk when installing the hack program.

    It can run in two modes: Explorer 7 which Orb start menu. Or Explorer 8 with 'Metro' start screen. They cannot be run simultaneously, and since I don't use 'Metro' at all, I leave it permanently in Explorer 7 mode. It is the equivalent of running W7 desktop with all the advantages of W8 improvements in OS kernel, etc.

    Works fine for me that way. Office 2010 Excel and Word take 12 seconds to open in W7 compared to literally about half a second in W8. And since I use these programs a lot for tax and other work, it is significant enough to justify me buying it. It's a similar, but not quite as big a difference for WinLiveMail and Nero, and a few others. Boot time is quicker which is handy when loading new programs or updates which require re-boot.

    And those differences are in PCs which both have SSD SATA3 HDs and plenty of RAM. One has high end i5 CPU and the other i7. And W7 is actually running on the i7/6 core, 12 thread CPU with 12GB RAM. So go figure?
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