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    Four apps that restore the Start menu in Win8




    WINDOWS 8

    Four apps that restore the Start menu in Win8

    By Michael Lasky

    Microsoft's decision to eliminate the traditional Windows Start menu in Windows 8 was either an act of brilliance or fatally flawed. So say some longtime Win8 users. If your attitude is somewhere in the middle, there are numerous free and paid apps that will put a Start menu back onto the Win8 Desktop.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/windows-8/four-apps-that-restore-the-start-menu-in-win8/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    Surprisingly Michael doesn't mention/test StartIsBack, spoken of recently with some enthusiasm in the Windows 8 Forum...
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    I tried several of the offerings but decided StartisBack was the best of them, and I now use it.
    I, too, am surprised it isn't mentioned in the article.

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    Another Start menu

    Loved the article.

    I've never loved Windows Start menu and have used many over the years. My current favorite is StartMenu7(I'm still running 7) (they also have a Start menu for 8):

    http://www.startmenu7.com/index.html

    StartMenu7 is compatible from XP through 7.

    When I finally choose to move to 8 I will then use their "Windows 8 Start Button" app that is backwards compatible to XP.

    There's a brief video on their "Start Menu X" page that shows its capabilities.

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    I upgraded 3 of my 4 machines to Windows 8 during the reduced price period and immediately purchased the Start 8 app for each machine. The BEST $$ I've spent in a LONG time. Excellent app with incredible flexibility.

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    "You can even hide the Metro/Win 8 Start screen completely, giving you a nearly total Win7 experience (see Figure 1). (But one might wonder why you’d upgrade to Win 8 at all, if what you want is a Windows 7 UI.)"

    Michael, you seem not to have gotten the message that Windows 8 is generically faster, simpler and easier to work with than Win 7. I've been using the old style desktop with it since day 2, tried out a few Start Menu add ons (hadn't heard of StartisBack) and decided on Classic Shell (aka Classic Start Menu) and have never looked back.
    Last edited by highstream; 2013-02-28 at 12:28.

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    "In fact, it goes well beyond what Win7′s Start menu ever had. You can, for example, customize various housekeeping functions — such as Run, Control Panel, and Documents — and make them appear as links, menus, or not at all. "
    Right-click the Win7 orb or taskbar, Properties, Start menu, Customize button.
    That let's you set a bunch of stuff, incl those mentioned in the quote.

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    Have you tried the free program www.startmenux.com. I use it in Win 7 & 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchovia View Post
    Have you tried the free program www.startmenux.com. I use it in Win 7 & 8.
    Is it really free? I see $19.99.

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    I use the free version. Did not see much use for the paid program.

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