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100% workaround for win8 to win7 start menu?


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#1 randomystique

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:48 AM

as above. the previous time i tried 3rd party software to make win8 use the same old desktop as win7, but i found out that the search box on the start menu didn't really index everything it needed to (e.g. control panel/power options).

is there a complete workaround now? i like everything about win8, except the useless metro start menu. :/

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:22 AM

Unfortunately, there is no complete workaround. Only option is 3rd party sofware.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

win-w gets you straight into settings search.. for finding windows update, power settings and so on

also the win-x shortcut is useful for digging deeper into the system :)

hth!

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:51 PM

Search is not bad, but I hate the new search categories. Before, I could search for something and it would be there in the results even if it was a control panel or setting. Now I have to click in different categories to find what I want. They should give an option to combine the search results.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 02:19 PM

i completely agree with you on that. i guess we will see that in sp1 :)

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:52 AM

Search is not bad, but I hate the new search categories. Before, I could search for something and it would be there in the results even if it was a control panel or setting. Now I have to click in different categories to find what I want. They should give an option to combine the search results.


that's exactly what i'm referring to. does any 3rd party program replicate the win7 search function completely?

the previous time i tried, it didn't.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

i would like it back

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:59 AM

Hi randomystique,

If you are looking for a replacement for the new Modern UI Start Menu in Windows 8 and getting the old Windows 7 start menu back, I would suggest looking at Stardock's Start8 program. It's basically a replication on the Win7 start menu and it worked very well for me when I initially tested it out on Windows 8 Release Preview. The only drawback is that it costs about $5, but you can download it and try it free for 30 days.

Stardock's Start8: http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Hope this helps you out!


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:40 AM

Hi randomystique,

If you are looking for a replacement for the new Modern UI Start Menu in Windows 8 and getting the old Windows 7 start menu back, I would suggest looking at Stardock's Start8 program. It's basically a replication on the Win7 start menu and it worked very well for me when I initially tested it out on Windows 8 Release Preview. The only drawback is that it costs about $5, but you can download it and try it free for 30 days.

Stardock's Start8: http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Hope this helps you out!



Stardock did amazing with this software. May I also suggest Pokki?
This is more of a custom start menu, but it works very well.
I just don't like how it controls boot to desktop.
Start8 does that better than Pokki, but Pokki is a free solution.

Edited by natesmeth, 04 November 2012 - 01:40 AM.


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

Start8 works for me. Only 5 bucks.
Tried Pokki but I like Start8 better.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:36 AM

Here's another piece of software that replicates the start menu... IObit's StartMenu8.

http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

Looks nice but iObit is on many people no-no list.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:36 PM

a month has passed - any new suggestions guys? :)

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:38 PM

I'm currently using Classic Shell. Works great and open source (MIT License). :)

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:07 PM

Have any of you tried Start Menu X (http://www.startmenux.com/index.html)

I feel it's better than those that have been mentioned here, but, that's MO.

Another alternative is this;

Launch Windows Explorer and then click the View tab on the toolbar.
Then place a check in the "Hidden items" box which should reveal a number of hidden files and folders, the one you want is "Program Data"

Next, right click the "Taskbar" and select Toolbars, then select the New Toolbar menu item which brings up a new window.
Next, double-click Program Data, then Microsoft, then Windows and click on "Start Menu", then click "Select Folder" That last selection will create a Start Menu toolbar which should appear on the far right of the taskbar, which you can now move to the left side of the Taskbar by right clicking the Taskbar and unlock it. Once moved, just re-lock the Taskbar.

It should result in this;
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