The OP was asking about File Manager, not Windows Start menu. But since that was brought up, I'll put in my two cents. I won't use certain "start menu" programs, because of the author, or more specifically, where the program originated (this actually applies to all programs). I have a list of countries that I won't use programs from (I'm working on updating them), because they are known to be the top malware distributing countries, if you dig deep enough.
For example the domain "fake.123" shows being hosted in the USA, and most people won't go past that. But if you dig enough, you will see that "fake.123" is actually owned by "abc" from country "xyz", and "xyz" is known for being high on distributing malware. Thus, the USA, not "xyz", which is the true country, gets the bad rap!
If I can't determine the country of origin, from sources like domaintools.com, etc, I presume that they are from are on the country list I have. I never believe the location on the website, unless I can independantly verify the author's country of origin.
This is just one of the many ways that I've keep my computer virus, malware, etc free, since the fall of 1995.
Have a good day!
The programs you get in desktop mode are different from the ones you get in Metro (Modern) mode. That's what led to the discussion about Classic Shell. It was developed by Ivo Beltchev who is employed by a software company in CA. I've been using it for 2 years on 6 Windows 8.1 computers (2 at home and 4 I support) and I have to say neither I nor anyone I know have had any problems with it. It makes the difference with Windows 8 between a clumsy unlikable user interface and the one that has been honed and tweaked since Windows 95 first came out. If you're using Windows 8 and haven't tried it, you don't know what you're missing.
The fact is, I first looked at Classic Shell, because it was free, but I couldn't find any reliable information as to where Mr. Beltchev was from, or lives (country). So that immediately caused me to presume he lives in one of the countries on my list. My belief is to be safe than sorry, this is why I haven't been infected with viruses, malware, etc since the fall of 1995; because I take an agressive approach to selecting software, and protecting our computers.
All the whois sites I used listed the site information similiar to this:
Domain Name: CLASSICSHELL.NET
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Registrant Name: Ivaylo Beltchev
Name Server: NS39.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS40.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
This is the type of entry, that causes me to presume that the site is on the list of countries I have. I work under the presumption, that to get a site, the contact information (name, address, etc) must be correct.
Although I use Stardock's Start8, if I was able to confirm, from independent sources, where Mr. Beltchev lives, I'd seriously consider using ClassicShell, because from what I've seen on the Internet, I like the idea of using the classic menu, that looks like Windows 2000, which is the one I prefer.
If you could provide some references that discuss Mr. Beltchev background, etc, it would be appreciated. If I can confirm his location, that would go a long way to me changing to classic shell, possibly.
Please note. I know Mr. Beltchev is on LinkedIn, but I don't use that site, nor do I consider it a reliable source for objective information; just like I don't trust Wikipedia. LinkedIn is created by the individual, and Wikipedia can be changed by anyone with an account (mostly). I know that some entries are locked down on Wikipedia, but I proved to others, creating a video to prove it, that you can create an account, and then immediately change an entry, like for AARP.
Edited by scotty_ncc1701, 30 May 2014 - 04:23 PM.