Pal, I really appreciate all the work you've done. Been using it since beta 0 and I couldn't be happier. I see this solution and Startisback better than Start8's.
I'll try donating some money tomorrow, as long as I can get around some bucks.
However my question to the guys who like me clearly hate windows 8 UI.
Are you using it as your main OS simply because its newer? I hate windows 8 and as a result I only toy with it in a VM, its not on any physical machines. Windows 7 isnt EOL and there is no real reason to stop using it, its only 2-3 years old, compatible with modern hardware features such as TRIM.
There are several reasons to this statement.
First of all, I never owned a legit copy of Windows 7, due to its high price. I managed to do the "activation period trick" thing for 120 days (Wait for activation period expired and then rearmed 3 times) and then I would format the computer for maintenance and resetting the counter.
With Windows 8 so cheap, I just needed to ugprade my old Vista for just 40$. Furthermore I won't be installing an array of updates for some time, since I'll be using Win 8's refresh feature each 3 months or so.
Regarding the start screen, I'm pretty neutral about it: There are things which are better, others which are worse. IMO it needs to be polished further. Meanwhile Thiyi's solution brings me back the start menu jump lists which reduce the amount of space of putting my programs on the taskbar, since I do constant switching and I don't have a specific sets of apps, aside from 11 always on applications.
Second, the start screen hangs when I put my old lappy's CPU to 100% (Core 2 Duo Mobile @ 2.4GHz) for encoding videos, so it stresses me a little bit the thought of an unexpected shutdown after spending 1-4 hours of encode (depending the video quality).
Other than that, I'm fine and really really happy with Windows 8 (Or 7.5 )