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Start Is Back - 2.1 release

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StartIsBack should support Windows 8.1.

You can check out the prototype of the redone Start Menu, which i was working on hard the past few weeks.

It's not for Windows 8.1 though. It's for Windows 7. Oh the irony...

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StartIsBack should support Windows 8.1.

You can check out the prototype of the redone Start Menu, which i was working on hard the past few weeks.

It's not for Windows 8.1 though. It's for Windows 7. Oh the irony...

Whoa! That's awesome! Outstanding work!

User pic will be one of the hardest. If you wind up implementing your own way of adding the pic then it'll break all sorts of network/domain stuff.

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Whoa! That's awesome! Outstanding work!

User pic will be one of the hardest. If you wind up implementing your own way of adding the pic then it'll break all sorts of network/domain stuff.

Good thing you reminded, because i did it not the way Windows 7 does. Please test the prototype on Windows 8 with customized network userpic.
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Good thing you reminded, because i did it not the way Windows 7 does. Please test the prototype on Windows 8 with customized network userpic.

It doesn't pick up the user pic. Here's my login code for populating the user pic:

$username=$env:username
$domain=$env:userdomain
$temp=$env:temp
$photo = ([ADSISEARCHER]“samaccountname=$($username)”).findone().properties.thumbnailphoto
if($photo -eq $null){
$command = “\\DOMAIN\netlogon\pictures\usertile.exe $domain\$username \\DOMAIN\netlogon\pictures\default.jpg”
} else {
$photo | set-content $temp\$domain+$username.jpg -Encoding byte
$command = “\\DOMAIN\netlogon\pictures\usertile.exe $domain\$username $temp\$domain+$username.jpg”
}
cmd /c $command

And here is the source for usertile.exe:

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace TilePicture
{
class Program
{
[DllImport("shell32.dll", EntryPoint = "#262", CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, PreserveSig = false)]
public static extern void SetUserTile(string username, int whatever, string picpath);

[STAThread]
static void Main(string[] args)
{
SetUserTile(args[0], 0, args[1]);
}
}
}

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I don't think anyone has posted this before, but here's a video comparing SiB to Start8. (You can guess which one wins. :) )

Cheers and Regards

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It doesn't pick up the user pic. Here's my login code for populating the user pic:

I've added legacy userpic loading (if domain joined only). The rest of Windows 8 does not pick it though; i guess there should be some new tool for setting picture via .accountpicture-ms.
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It doesn't pick up the user pic. Here's my login code for populating the user pic:

I've added legacy userpic loading (if domain joined only). The rest of Windows 8 does not pick it though; i guess there should be some new tool for setting picture via .accountpicture-ms.

If there is I've not found it yet. Why the FRACK MS hasn't added domain support to the (temp) local account with domain joins is driving a lot of us in IT absolutely mad. What's weird though is my domain account on all my 2012 servers DO have my admin pic for the login but only when doing RDP....WTF!?!?!?! Get your crap together MS!

EDIT:

Duh.... Forgot to mention it works now. Picked up the domain user pick with no problems!

Edited by ISOHaven
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ROFL!!!!!!!!!! Get in line. :)

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New StartIsBack!

StartIsBack has been reborn and you can taste it now!

https://moot.it/startisback

Yet it won't excite you; it is (should be) exactly like version 2.1. It won't function properly on Windows 8.1 yet. There is no 8.1 yet to start with...

This is build just for testing which will evolve into new StartIsBack for Windows 8.1. Not sure how to name it.

Try keeping discussion on that forum; not sure if it's good enough.

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I tried to post on that forum several times, but the reply never seems to stick.

Two problems I noticed:

- in high contrast mode, Start menu opens under the taskbar, so the search field and shutdown button aren‘t visible (they're covered by the taskbar)

- clicking the Start button doesn’t close Start menu when it's already open

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- in high contrast mode, Start menu opens under the taskbar, so the search field and shutdown button aren‘t visible (they're covered by the taskbar)

Fixed this.
- clicking the Start button doesn’t close Start menu when it's already open
Known issue. Start button should be redone for 8.1 anyway.
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I have one question:

StartIsBack! for 8.1 will replace the actual StartIsBack!? If I bought it once do I need to buy it once again for Windows 8.1?

Thank you!

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I have one question:

StartIsBack! for 8.1 will replace the actual StartIsBack!? If I bought it once do I need to buy it once again for Windows 8.1?

Thank you!

Can't share the details about 8.1 until 8.1 releases and I try it. Please wait a few days.
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until 8.1 releases and I try it.

I think that was just a license question??? At any rate, June 26th is just around the corner!

Edited by ISOHaven
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I think that was just a license question??? At any rate, June 26th is just around the corner!

StartIsBack license is for a lifetime. More details June 26th.

Test Build 2: https://moot.it/startisback

Seems that moot.it sucks.

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