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JorgeA

Ways to get back the Start Menu/Button in Win8

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which of those work with win8.1 ?

i just looking for something that can disable metro

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ClassicShell works very well in Win8.1 and you can disable metro.

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thx works gr8

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Lenovo has reached an agrement with one of the Start Button/Menu replacement providers on our list, to factory-install it on their computers:

Full Pokki Suite Will Be Preloaded on All Lenovo PCs, With Native Windows App Support in Store

Lenovo has agreed to preload onto all of its new PCs the full range of SweetLabs’ Pokki software, which tweaks the Windows operating system, the companies announced today.

Discussion of the pros and cons of this move should go in the Deeper Impressions thread. ;)

--JorgeA

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Jorge, you can add one more way to get the Start Menu to the list ... get a Mac ! :lol:

I really can't believe I just said that.

:w00t::D

Yeah, really!! It does tell you something when an Apple OS starts looking like a friendlier computing environment than Windows.

But we'll leave that discussion for "over there"... ;)

--JorgeA

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Tihiy, the developer of StartIsBack, was the subject of an interview on Neowin last week where he gives some of his professional background and the motivation for creating this Start Menu replacement. Well worth reading!

Thanks to @CharlotteTheHarlot for the tip. :thumbup

--JorgeA

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Now that Windows 8.1 has been released, time permitting I will go through the master list and try to determine which of them also work on Win8.1, or have separate new versions that do.

If you've tried any of the Start Button/Menu replacements on the list, please let us know if they did (or didn't) work on Windows 8.1, and preferably if they've put out a version that does work there.

--JorgeA

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Also via @Charlotte, Neowin has also published a new interview with the creator of Classic Shell, Ivo Beltchev, on the Windows 7-style Start Menu and other program features introduced with their recently released version 4.0. Another good, short read.

--JorgeA

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Start Menu 8 for me. I don't want to pay a dime for an app that is not requisite.

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InfoWorld has a page with descriptions and brief reviews of several Start Menu replacements that are said to work on Windows 8.1.

I'll be using this as the starting point for indicating, on our list, Start Menu replacements for Win8.1.

If an item on the list is reported or confirmed to work on this newest version of the OS, it will be marked with "8.1" at the end of the listing for quick identification.

--JorgeA

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It's starting to look like the ultimate Start Menu replacement might be put out by... Microsoft itself:

What might a new Windows Start Menu look like?

Since [Paul] Thurrott's initial December 10 report on the return of the Start Menu, I've heard from my own contacts that this is highly likely to happen. Microsoft is, indeed, highly likely to bring back Start Menu. Supposedly it's being called internally "mini-Start," (as it won't be a full-screen Start Menu like in Windows 8), one of my contacts said.

Microsoft may opt to introduce this new Menu as part of the "Threshold" Windows wave in the spring of 2015 or possibly before that, via some kind of Windows 8.1 update. I've heard there is an "Update 1" coming for Windows 8.1 in the spring of 2014, but no word as to how many subsequent updates may be in the pipeline.

--JorgeA

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By now, most Windows 8 (8.1) users know that Microsoft intends to bring back the Start Menu in substantially (though not exactly) the same form as it existed in Windows 7. This could happen as early as this summer.

If and when the official Start Menu with a proper Start Button comes back, this thread will lose its purpose -- mostly, but not entirely: if you look at the image in the linked article, it appears that the revived Menu may feature some sort of integration with Metro apps (unknown at this stage whether users will be able to banish them from the new Menu), so users who'd rather have nothing at all to do with Metro might still want to choose from our list. Assuming that it's possible to override the default Start Menu.

--JorgeA

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Almost two years into Windows 8 RTM, there's still enough interest out there in Start Menu alternatives to justify articles about them on significant websites:

 

How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

 

StartIsBack and Classic Shell both get nice writeups in there.  :)

 

--JorgeA

 

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still enough interest out there in Start Menu alternatives to justify articles about them on significant websites

 

Well yeah, considering 90% of Windows users haven't yet touched Windows 8. 

 

The loss of the functionality the Start menu provided is real, and every single one of them is going to go "what the..." when they first see Microsoft firing a .454 Casull on its own foot.

 

-Noel

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LOL  :D    :angrym:

 

--JorgeA

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The loss of the functionality the Start menu provided is real, and every single one of them is going to go "what the..." when they first see Microsoft firing a .454 Casull on its own foot.

 

... and they did it in C#/.NET :w00t::ph34r:

 

This would probably need to be updated:

http://www.toodarkpark.org/computers/humor/shoot-self-in-foot.html

C#

You shoot yourself in the foot, but first have to switch to unsafe mode.

You forget precisely how to use the .NET interface and shoot yourself in the foot. You sue Microsoft for damages.

 

 

unless of course they will sue themselves too. ;)

 

jaclaz

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Betanews.com has a new post with another list of free Start Menu replacements. There's one new one there (new to us, anyway), Anvisoft's OneStart, that we have now added to the list.

 

--JorgeA

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Gonna leave this as my first post on this forum,

 

True Launch Bar http://www.truelaunchbar.com/

 

Enables the user to create it's own start menu within the Quick Launch Bar, it serves as a replacement, although it will not remove Windows original start menu, but you can create a start menu from it, the software might be messy at first time usage, might take some time for users to get to know it well, and work well with it, it happened to me, but it's the best replacement I have found so far.

 

There are 2 versions of the software, one is paid the other is free (the free one is available here http://www.freelaunchbar.com), the free one is enough if you just want a replacement, but the full version is worth buying.

 

Here's a comparision of both versions

Full feature list in here http://www.truelaunchbar.com/features.html

 

True_Launch_Bar_Comparision.png

 

 

 

And here's the Start Menu I have customized in my system,

 

screenshot_10.png

 

My Start Menu might be simple, flat and clean, that's how I like it, specially the flat, but you can customize it the way you want, on the website there are pre-made skins available, and some cool screenshots of what you can do it with True Launch Bar.

 

Oh and don't mind the Start Menu icon (XP lover here xD), you can make it whatever you want, even 3 stage images (normal, pressed and highlight).

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