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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

    'Classic Shell' can banish Interface Formerly Known As Metro
    By Simon Sharwood,

    Windows 8 users need not do without a Start button, thanks to an open source application titled Classic Shell that can banish the Interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM).

    El Reg's antipodean lab installed Classic Shell on a Windows 8 RTM virtual machine running under Oracle VirtualBox on Mac OS 10.7.4. We can report that the application installed without a hint of trouble, and as soon as we clicked in its shell-like Start button we were offered a nice set of options to arranged Windows 8 so that it resembled versions of Windows past.

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    Yes, we even have a tutorial on this site for setting it up and using it.

    Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    The article is funny:

    can report that if Windows 8 is inflicted upon you, it'll do a job.
    The comments are worth a peek, too:

    More likely an update will come which makes metro tolerable to desktop users.

    I think they'll fix it eventually and maybe people will wonder what the fuss is about but metro as it stands sucks on a desktop and does a piss poor job of replacing what came before.
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    I'll have to try that out on my Enterprise x64 VM at home.
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    Windows 7 Home Premuim x64 & Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

    I've never used any third-party program. I don't know what's wrong with me, but if it isn't a built-in feature, it's near impossible for me to use it. Classic Shell's settings don't look like they are native to the Windows 8 interface at all, and even if I use a skin for the start menu in my mind I know it isn't identical to the Windows 7 start menu, and I can't use it.
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    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    I use Start8 from Stardock. It does not replace the original Start Screen but adds a Start button with a few added features.
    The original rollover Start is still there. Has an option to boot to Desktop and also a Shutdown button. It has 5 choices as to the size of the Start Screen, from default Full screen to 4 smaller. They all have scroll bars at the bottom. My screen shot is with the Tall selection.

    Click image for larger version

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I just use the Start Screen.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    Start screen may be suitable for a tablet.

    Worse than useless on a desktop.

    But then , it is not a desktop o/s - it is a tablet o/s.
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V

    How is the start screen useless on a desktop? I think my arrangement for the start screen shows its usefulness. Note that while I do have some cloud/web apps, I also use Office and Hyper-V.
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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    But then , it is not a desktop o/s - it is a tablet o/s.
    Repeat yourself much?
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