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I saw it mentioned before. I thought it was yet another sucky, half-baked start button replacement (people never seem to write much about it).

If you tweak the a couple settings (right click on the orb -> settings):

-click show recent programs

-click show search box -> access normally

you essentially got Win7's menu (same look and feel), but it's actually better in some ways:

-the recent programs are numbered by default -- you can just press the windows key to see the list, then hit alt + the number displayed besides the app to start it (sort of like Win+number for apps to the taskbar). I like it.

-you can even reverse (upside-down) the list of recent apps which might be quite nice if you use the mouse a lot (less mouse travel for the apps used the most)

-it has FAR more settings to make it work the way you like (click the "all settings" radio button at the very bottom) which is very nice.

-if you enabled "search box -> access normally" then you can disable showing the "search menu" (and other junk you don't want, like the useless "help and support")

-"Windows Update" is pinned at the top which is a lot more convenient than anything MS currently has to offer (besides manually pinning it there yourself)

-you can disable the animations (which makes it seem faster -- it already feels faster than Win7's start menu before that! Search function included)

-it has several skins (and being able to select if you want one or two columns), so it can look almost identical to the start menu of any version of Windows you'd like

etc.

There's just so much stuff you can tweak. It's exactly what Windows' own start menu should be like: do whatever you want. Definitely NOT this "let's cram a dumb smartphone touch UI down your throat". Classic Shell's start menu is so good I just might install it on Win7 too.

You still get the occasional metro crap here and there (like network connections :puke: ) but it's like 98% gone. In fact, it seems to make Win8 mostly usable. There's still some small issues to fix (e.g. can't pin stuff in the start menu easily) but it's still a light-year ahead of Win8's metro garbage. An open source app just might be what saves MS from themselves.

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@ -X- :

I just found this thread (happens when you only enter the forum via links to e-mail notifications of new postings in existing threads). Thanks very much for the screenshot -- ClassicShell looks very attractive there!

I have Start Menu X installed in the Win8 CP, but when the RC comes out I may give this a try. I'm already using one feature of ClassicShell to bring back the status bar in Internet Explorer 10.

@CoffeeFiend:

An open source app just might be what saves MS from themselves.

+1 to that.

--JorgeA

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I installed this Classic Shell, but just a few minutes of going through the settings I uninstalled it! IMO, the best skin of this is Windows 7 Aero, it looks nicer in comparison to the others.

It seems that I am already used to the lack of the old Start Menu.

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Vishal Gupta released a config file and theme file to imitate the Win7 Look:

Great find, Andre -- thanks! The Win8 Start Menu replacements are looking better and better. I'll give this a try.

A couple of other ideas: here and here.

--JorgeA

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I don't understand sometimes. If people want to have exactly the same appearance and features of W7, such as old Start Menu, Explorer without the ribbon, then why bother installing W8? Why not simply stick to W7 for it's a better choice?

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If people want to have exactly the same appearance and features of W7

That's NOT what we're after. We're perfectly happy with anything that's an actual improvement, or that is at least no worse than what it replaces. It's not that it's different, it's that the new version is horrendous (everything Metro, specifically) and that it can't be disabled. Just make this Metro garbage optional and the problem is solved! If you see people who try to get back what was there before, it's because that's a vast improvement over what Win8 has.

Why not simply stick to W7 for it's a better choice?

That's what we'll do, for sure. It's still sad to see Win8 is so ridiculously awful, and a step back in *so* many ways.

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That's NOT what we're after. We're perfectly happy with anything that's an actual improvement, or that is at least no worse than what it replaces. It's not that it's different, it's that the new version is horrendous (everything Metro, specifically)

yes, I'm open for new things, that's why I'm also using Ubuntu, but Metro is HORRIBLE on a desktop. Fullscreen sucks on larger monitors!

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OK, then perhaps I am the only one here who is agreeable to this new OS! It comes to my sense that when I choose to use W8 with new nice features, I'll accept both the advantages and disadvantages. I mean, I'll enjoy all the good features, as for small and unimportant problems, I'll leave them alone!

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accepting broken things is the wrong way. With this way MS never listens to feedback because they know that they can make nonsense all the time and the users accept everything.

Do you eat your soup with a teaspoon? This is what Metro is on a desktop PC with a large monitor: NONSENSE which slows down everything. It works a but, but it is not optimal (like eating a soup with a teaspoon). We have different types of spoons, knifes for some specific tasks. And Metro is a UI specialized for touch and nothing else.

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all the good features

Such as? There's barely anything new feature-wise (slightly improved explorer, somewhat nicer task manager, and that's it really), and it basically fixes none of the things I'd like to see it address.

small and unimportant problems

It seems to me like so chuck full of serious problems that it might as well be closer to "just a large collection of problems" than "an operating system" (some parts copy/pasted from a previous post) :

Win8 is making everything useful about Windows "legacy", only to force an ill-suited touchscreen interface on mouse/keyboard users which is a gigantic setback in usability and which will just confuse everybody. It'll take some time for most users to adjust to this tacky interface and its gaudy icons, gestures, hot corners and screen edges (which are a real pain with VMs and multi monitor setups, while also taking away familiar elements like the start button to do so), hidden elements (less visual cues), reduced discoverability, scrolling up/down with the mouse that actually scrolls sideways, everything running maximized (and with no chrome), the desktop being just another application, multitasking being very much neutered, the disjointed combo of metro and desktop environments, etc. The new start menu replacement is a gigantic step back over what we had, WMC is now a paid-for extra that even requires you to purchase a more expensive version of Windows (yet it had zero updates), DVD playback and the MPEG2 codec are gone (no Blu-Ray support either), WMP lost the ability to play DVDs even if you buy the WMC pack which makes it a even worse media player than it already was. Also, customizability has been thrown out of the window, they're forcing crappy MS cloud services on users, ARM devices throw 20 years of backwards compatibility out the window (and they also introduce locked bootloaders), the app store that can remotely deactivate apps you paid for, the existing Metro apps are of incredibly bad quality and are very much feature-light (most are also useless without an internet connection), Metro apps in general are rather dumbed-down, etc. At best it just gets in your way, it's an obstacle to getting work done and it slows you down.

They've reinvented the wheel by making it square. It creates countless major problems rather than solving any, just so they have a laughable chance at selling a few mediocre tablets (I'm sure it'll sell as good as the Zune or Windows Phone). But hey, explorer now has a ribbon, and task manager has heat maps!

I'll accept both the advantages and disadvantages

That'd be a whole lot easier to do if the ratio of advantages to serious problems wasn't so darn close to zero (barely any improvements, but an unfathomable amount of serious problems)

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OK, this post is a reply to the two above.

I don't know if what I called the features is exactly the same features you guys called. What I really like from W8 are:

- Automatic in Window Color and Appeareance is awesome. I don't have to go to the Personalize to change color theme everytime I change the wallpaper.

- Windows Defender works perfect. I don't need to install any other anti-malware or anti-virus programes on my computer. I find it working better than Avira and Avast.

- Task Manager looks nice.The ribbon on the Explorer works good enough so I needn't install Classic Shell as I did on W7.

- I don't have to install Daemon Tools as I did on W7.

Maybe there are more but I don't remember now. And maybe the above the features are only nice to me. They might be a disaster or just a fiddle-faddle to the others, I'm not sure.

About WMC (= Windows Media Classic?), I never use it! I've always got VLC and the KMPlayer on Windows since I used XP and W7 so I installed them on W8 too. If I watch something on my own on the desktop, I'll run VLC. If I watch something on TV screen with my family or friends, then I'll use the KMPlayer. Both of them can play nearly every media files. And as I said before, I only use my computer for simple needs. W8 seems to meet those needs very well.

In conlusion, in my previous post on this thread, I said perhaps I was the only one here agreeable to this OS. It also means that I agree that everyone has their own opinions about W8. Most people find it full of problems and don't like it. I myself, on the contrary, feel very pleasant to use it all the time. Is this completely clear to you two now?

Andre,

I understand that "we have different types of spoons, knifes for some specific tasks". But we also have different types of Windows users with different IT levels and different needs. That's why we have different thoughts about this issue too. I don't like the Metro screen then I ignore it, just working on the desktop only and it doesn't bother me at all. That's why I consider it just a small problem.

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Yes, you are absolutely correct that "to each his own" is the approach we all should take. After all, you didn't ask us if we thought you should use Win8, you had already decided that on your own. You did however seem surprised that we don't like it. At this point though, I think that both sides have very clearly stated their opinions so we should let it rest. If you won't try to convince us we should use it, then we won't try and convince you to use something else. (At least I won't.) I'm sure that opinions about Win8 will continue to be posted, because it has definitely irritated a lot of people, but the opinions are not meant as any kind of affront toward you. People are just expressing their dissatisfaction with the decisions that MS seems to be making, and describing how those decisions would effect how they currently use their PC in their daily lives. The hope is that if enough people complain loudly enough in enough places and with the purchases they make, or the lack of them, that MS might listen. If it doesn't effect Win8, then perhaps Win9.

Cheers and Regards

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