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#1 User is offline   TTGSteve 

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:50 AM

I plan on ditching Windows 7 for Windows 8. I've tried Windows 8 before and didn't like it, but there's apparently some 3rd party apps that will bring the start menu back. So, basically it will be like Windows 7, but quicker from what I understand. I'm just wondering which is probably the best for bringing back the start menu.

I'm due for a format and fresh install, so I decided to just go with Windows 8 and give it a shot. My Windows 7 install is acting a little glitchy, as well.

What would you guys/gals suggest as far as installed Windows 8 is concerned? I don't want to upgrade, I just want a fresh install. Any tips for that?
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:09 AM

Probably startisback (or start8, same company, but the former is cheaper and lacks the ability to use the metro start menu in a window - not very useful IMO) if you're willing to pay $3 or Classic Shell if it needs to be free. (though I find the latter doesn't work as well)
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:25 PM

View PostTTGSteve, on 24 July 2013 - 09:50 AM, said:

I plan on ditching Windows 7 for Windows 8. I've tried Windows 8 before and didn't like it, but there's apparently some 3rd party apps that will bring the start menu back. So, basically it will be like Windows 7, but quicker from what I understand. I'm just wondering which is probably the best for bringing back the start menu.

I'm due for a format and fresh install, so I decided to just go with Windows 8 and give it a shot. My Windows 7 install is acting a little glitchy, as well.

What would you guys/gals suggest as far as installed Windows 8 is concerned? I don't want to upgrade, I just want a fresh install. Any tips for that?

I'm using Start8 and it is definitely worth the five bucks.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:59 PM

Say, do you know if there's a difference in licensing between the two? (you've used Start8 on multiple machines, right?) Other than that, both of them seem to do a pretty good job of replicating Windows 7's start menu. Classic Shell, on the other hand, looks more like a knockoff to me.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 06:26 AM

View PostLiveBrianD, on 24 July 2013 - 07:59 PM, said:

Say, do you know if there's a difference in licensing between the two? (you've used Start8 on multiple machines, right?) Other than that, both of them seem to do a pretty good job of replicating Windows 7's start menu. Classic Shell, on the other hand, looks more like a knockoff to me.

I think Start8 has a limited number of activations but I've never hit the wall so I'm not certain, I only run it on one machine. I haven't used any of the other options so I can't make a comparison, but I think it's an excellent utility and I get the best of all worlds with Win8.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:43 AM

I've played with all 3 BTW.
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:50 PM

Hi. www.startisback.com . It will cost you $3 though, but looks like it was rippied from Windows 7. The Start button has a shamrock in it ( great for the Irish ) though. You can get another Start button should not like it.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:05 PM

As I recall, you can change the button in both Start8 and startisback, or even use your own image.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

I would stick with Window 7.

But if you want to take a risk with Windows 8, that use classic shell.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 05:17 AM

View PostLiveBrianD, on 28 July 2013 - 04:05 PM, said:

As I recall, you can change the button in both Start8 and startisback, or even use your own image.


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:15 AM

i think you dont need to install any third party software to do so here are some simple steps by following you can do it easily:
http://windows8.iyog...-windows-8.html
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:41 PM

Hey, folks. I've been checking some of these, and I'm going to recommend one more: Start Menu Reviver.<h3></h3>
This free utility takes an entirely different approach. It'snot a Windows 7 Start menu replacement. It's more like what Microsoft mighthave done if they had decided to create a new Start menu for Windows 8.

Like the Metro Start screen, it displays big, rectangulartiles. By default, the two big ones on the top are My Computer and Internet Explorer.You can change them. Another, even bigger one, called "Dashboard," bringsyou to the Start screen. Below that are 16 tiles which you can set to anyinstalled program--desktop or modern.

I don't like this one anywhere near as much as StartIsBack,but I'm recommending it anyway because it's an interesting approach. By puttinga Start screen-like menu on the desktop, it does a better job of integrating thetwo environments than Microsoft ever even tried.




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Posted 05 August 2013 - 03:33 AM

Start menu Reviver requires a bit too much customizing for my tastes. ClassicShell feels kinda bloated. Overall I prefer Start8's Win8 menu mode. Instead of full screen it's more like a menu which seems to blend better with the desktop. I really like the tiles compared to the icons and tree menu of the old which displayed more than just the launch icon. I hated seeing the uninstall, links...etc.
I used start8 long enough that I now don't mind the full screen Metro and 8.1 will be out soon brining back a start button.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:01 PM

Not quite the same, but if you want to try something that makes it easier and faster to launch apps on Windows 8, download Gestures2Launch from a company called Linpus. Create your own gestures and then just write on the screen to launch an app or action like restart...Oh, and yes you need a touch screen.
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:46 AM

I've been using StartMenu8 for months and find it very useful. you can also download it for FREE at:

http://download.cnet...4-75852660.html

It was recently updated to it's second revision. I've been using it since it's first issue and it's recommendation by CNET.
I recently updated to the current version. Works great and it's FREE!

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:53 PM

View PostLiveBrianD, on 24 July 2013 - 10:09 AM, said:

Probably startisback (or start8, same company, but...)


This is a couple months late, but...
What makes you think Startisback and Start8 are the same company?

Hard to tell about Startisback but "StartIsBack is digitally signed by STANISLAV ZINUKHOV with idenity check provided by StartCom© Certification Authority."... and Start8 is by Startdock Corporation and Startdock's "About" does not seem to include Mr. Zinukhov.

I've had Classic Shell ...before Start8 was available as far as I know... and I don't see what's 'knockoff' about it... now.
New versions cleaned up a minor quibble with it. I've set it and forgot it, works fine and is free.
I did get ModernMix from Stardock and I might lean more toward Start Menu Reviver if I had a touchscreen, but don't.

I also like 8GadgetPack and 7Sidebar ...I still use an old Pandora gadget, among others.

"Clearly"... to each their own preference, but 'free' and not being a resource hog as far as I can tell, with a great many features (of which I use few), makes Classic Shell one of the best, for me... in spite of old reviews of others where this software niche erupted and changed fairly quickly.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:08 PM

Whoops, looks like I was mistaken there.

As for Classic Shell, the actual menu doesn't look quite like 7's - that's what I mean by a knockoff. Start8 and Startisback actually do a really good job at replicating it, and giving it a flatter style that fits in perfectly if you like. It's still not bad though, and probably more customizable.
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Posted 25 September 2013 - 12:51 PM

Great thread and I will put in a word for the free Classic Shell...it is more than a start button. We really should have knife fights around here. Somehow I don't think 8.1 will put an end to it.

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