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Suffer not: 10 Windows Start menus for Windows 8.1

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    Suffer not: 10 Windows Start menus for Windows 8.1


    It seems Microsoft really has put its Windows Start menu out to pasture, alongside Bob, Clippy, and Rover. Sure, the forthcoming 8.1 update to Windows 8 has a shiny new Start button, but clicking it doesn't cause a familiar menu to pop up, providing users quick access to their preferred apps and files. Why'd Microsoft retire the menu in the first place? It was a design choice made by Steven Sinofsky, former head of Microsoft's Windows division.
    Suffer not: 10 Windows Start menus for Windows 8.1 - InfoWorld

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    Windows 7


    Not all of these will work with Windows 8.1 Preview though. For now only Start8 has a version that is confirmed to work. A new version of Classic Shell comes out tomorrow that will also support 8.1.
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    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    I'm giving 8.1 a go without one. I'll see what happens.

    I did enable the Quick-Launch toolbar, tho.


    Wenda.
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    When I first had windows 8, the first thing I did was put on classic she'll based all the negative reviews of win8 and how supposedly horrible the experience was without a start menu. After the first month or so, I realized that I hadn't touched the start menu in weeks. So I uninstalled it and see how it faired. Its been now 7 months and I still don't miss the start menu.

    People seem to want to stick to the old ways and won't give the new ways a chance. I'm not saying everyone will not miss the start button like me. But it seems like a lot of people are like that guy that spent 10 minutes with the new os and went back to 7. Might as well stick with dos.
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    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
    Not all of these will work with Windows 8.1 Preview though. For now only Start8 has a version that is confirmed to work. A new version of Classic Shell comes out tomorrow that will also support 8.1.
    Great to hear. How will it work? Will the start button be disabled and the start menu accessible by using win+x?
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    People seem to want to stick to the old ways and won't give the new ways a chance. I'm not saying everyone will not miss the start button like me. But it seems like a lot of people are like that guy that spent 10 minutes with the new os and went back to 7. Might as well stick with dos.
    The first couple of months that I played around with Windows 8, I used the new Start Screen. However, this was on a secondary system that I wasn't actively using for day to day work.

    When I moved to a new laptop at work and bought it with Windows 8 pre-installed, I immediately put a Start menu back on it. Rarely ever use the start screen.

    I've happily moved on from DOS.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I keep getting bagged for an update for Start8. All of these have to account for the new, worthless "Start Menu" butt. Ton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
    Not all of these will work with Windows 8.1 Preview though. For now only Start8 has a version that is confirmed to work. A new version of Classic Shell comes out tomorrow that will also support 8.1.
    Good to hear that !

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Look forward to that Ivo. Thanks.
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I'm giving 8.1 a go without one. I'll see what happens.

    I did enable the Quick-Launch toolbar, tho.


    Wenda.
    Yups... I use the xp style quick launch toolbar as well.
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