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    How To Restore The Traditional Windows 7 Start Menu In Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    As far as download numbers are concerned, the Consumer Preview of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 has gone down pretty well – building on the popularity of the early Alpha release with over a million downloads in its 24 hours.

    As PC users digest some of the newer features clustered into the much-discussed Metro interface, not everybody has been too chuffed to see the demise of the traditional Start Menu – a prominent Windows feature since its commercial inception.
    Enable Windows 7 Start Menu In Windows 8 Consumer Preview [How-To] | Redmond Pie

    **** BE AWARE.
    Please note, if you do go ahead and install ViStart, you will be offered third-party programs (Babylon toolbar and Registry Cleaner Pro) during the install process which you probably won’t want cluttering up your installed items list.****

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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Hi JMH,

    Stardock as put out a "Start Button" app today - "Start8." This does it as an app, thus not all the work like in ViStart (which I played with a couple of days ago).

    Disclaimer: I am not a huge Stardock fan.
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    seems nice and is working.

    Thnx a lot
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    Win 7 Ultimate (32bit), Win 8 CP (32bit)


    Stardock Start8 solves nothing, the best I liked was ViStart and Vista Start
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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    I created my own Start menu or "Programs quick launch toolbar" without the Start orb of course but still seeing all of the familiars without any 3rd party app involved! Right click on taskbar to select the new toolbar option and browse to the correct folder. "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start menu\Programs"

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    Making certain the taskbar is unlocked you can then slide the new toolbar all the way over to the left. Note the taskbar will need to be set for top of screen due to the new Start screen popup and right click in lower left corner popup menu.

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    For the cosmetic appearance then you might select a 3rd party app.

    Woops! VIPRE flagged the VIStart download link when opening in a new window! The web filtering kicked in for some reason there!

    Since the StarDock is familiar from programs like RocketDock I grabbed Start8 and now can compare that to the Programs Quick launch addon toolbar method. The Pros and Cons of each I would say. For the cosmetic look Start8 gets the award for being in touch with the new 8 look to start with.

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    The Fast and Easy access for the productive user they find that a bit awkward needing to use the scroll tab at the bottom to go through an inventory of Apps over simply moving the mouse cursor down to a select item to bring out the dropdown list.

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    It was nice seeing the Start orb back on but for practicality? You decide!
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    The guy who makes Vista start menu, now has a free version of STARTMENU7- with an optional orb for win8 users.

    Give it a go:

    Start Menu 7

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    Thanks! I bookmarked it for reference and will have a look the next time I am in the CP again.

    In fact I wouldn't be surprized in seeing several tweakers like this by the time W8 reaches the RTM stage. That will be a popular item especially for those still running XP skipping over Vista, 7 finally upgrading to 8 only to find a major gui change has taken place.
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    That's pretty much what it's been for me. I've been an XP user since it came out, and Win98 and '95 before that. I skipped Vista and Win7.
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    I started off actually looking at the first notebook but not buying it back in 1982 then onto DEC using basic to a small extent on the job prior to Dos and 3.1. From there onto 95, 98SE, skipping over ME, 2000 into XP until Vista arrived and right into 7.

    I wasn't actually too thrilled about the Aero themes Vista brought about but adopted to them for Vista and 7. I think for most it will take a bit to get used to 8's new approach! We'll have to see how the rest of the new version will work out however before any final calls are made since this is still in beta.

    UPDATE: Just applied the StartMenu7 for a quick look with it on. It looks a lot better while a bit wider taking up more screen space then the other two Start8 and ViStart looked at previously. Instead of a shutdown button locked to shutdown the logoff, restart, and shutdown are separate items in the main menu itself. Those will be rearranged however.

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    In the upper left the Start button itself can see the blue Windows flag as seen there, the multicolor Windows flag or other for 7. You simply right click to select the skin to be used from the dropdown list of choices.
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    1st PC: Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail. 2nd PC: Vista Ulimtate 32bit OEM


    I have just loaded Windows 8 32bit for the first time and have successfully loaded Vistart. After opening desktop it takes about 30 seconds before the Start Orb appears. While waiting a small window appears saying the program is running. Is that normal?

    Also, while all the menu items are there, if I right click a program in the start menu to send to desktop or whatever, nothing happens. Is this normal?

    I tried the regedit .exe file by Brink to show the power button, and it appeared briefly, but then disappeared.

    Update: Apologies! The regedit by Brink did work. I was looking for the power button in the task bar and didn't realize it was in the drop down menu by right clicking a blank space on the desktop.

    Update: Deleted Vistart and installed Start Menu7. Used skins to get Win7 Orb icon back. Much better.
    Last edited by poppa bear; 31 Mar 2012 at 21:17. Reason: correction
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