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Windows 8 app to bring back Start menu on desktop

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    WCP / Win.7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1.

    Windows 8 app to bring back Start menu on desktop



    Windows 8 may have been downloaded over 1 million times in its Consumer Preview version in its first day of release, however, a large number of long time Windows users on the PC have not been happy that the familiar Start menu cannot be accessed on the desktop version of Windows 8.

    One of those people happens to be Brad Wardell, the founder and CEO of Stardock (who also happens to be part owner of Neowin too). So he and the company decided to do something about it. Today, Wardell and Stardock announced plans to release Start8, a free Windows 8 app that will enable the Start menu on the desktop like many old Windows users prefer it; on the bottom left corner of the screen. The app will also have a Run and Shutdown option when you right click on the menu.
    Windows 8 app to bring back Start menu on desktop - Neowin.net

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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Looks quite promising, however, we'll need to actually use it, to assess it's viability. I imagine this will be the first of many such projects, unless MS decide to reintroduce the option...
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    It just imposes the Win 8 Start Screen onto the desktop...not worth the dl.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    I think we should put this into the category of "Vapourware".

    If you want to stick with the old stuff then stay with W7 or XP (or run as a VM).

    Once you get used to W8 the old start menu is DEAD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    I think we should put this into the category of "Vapourware".

    If you want to stick with the old stuff then stay with W7 or XP (or run as a VM).

    Once you get used to W8 the old start menu is DEAD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Interesting how many people are so preoccupied with telling me what I like....
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Stardock has released this app for those who are not wanting to change to the new start menu. It is actually quite nice even though I still prefer the new menu.

    jimbo, I have a feeling this isn't going to be "Vapor Ware.". . .
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    First of many apps to come for people that want to change things to their preference.
    It's all good.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Boastree View Post
    Interesting how many people are so preoccupied with telling me what I like....
    They are so sure of its superiority, that all alternatives must be "eliminated with extreme prejudice".

    Sound to me like they just don't want to be "left holding the bag".
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    Windows 8

    Start Menu 7 with button for win 8


    [QUOTE=JMH;69891]

    Windows 8 may have been downloaded over 1 million times in its Consumer Preview version in its first day of release, however, a large number of long time Windows users on the PC have not been happy that the familiar Start menu cannot be accessed on the desktop version of Windows 8.
    Hi, I'm developer of Start Menu 7 the leader of Start Menu alternatives in last 7 years. I was release the new 4.2 version with support of Win 8. Also you may setup program under win 7 or vista and change icon of start menu on the fly easy and safe for the system. (program don't change system files).
    You may find latest version on the site Start Menu 7
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    I found this:

    These are the reasons for looking no further than Win Eight Metro UI Switcher — for disabling the Metro interface of MS Windows 8:
    • Supports both the x86 and x64 versions of Microsoft Windows 8 (Eight).
    • No administrator privileges required for tweaking.
    • The app is completely standalone — no dependence on .NET framework or other runtime libraries.
    • It is multilingual. For more information on how to translate the utility into your native language, see the file Lngs\English.txt located in the program folder.
    • The portable version of Win Eight Metro UI Switcher is available.
    • The program is true freeware!
    Take a look here for videos and screensshots

    HTH

    NOTE:
    Doesn't work in Windows 8 CP
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Mar 2012 at 12:59. Reason: added note
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