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digitalfutur
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[WIN8] Get the Start Menu Back Without an App

By adding the desktop toolbar to the taskbar. It adds all your desktop shortcuts plus a few system ones.

That, and right clicking on the mini Start screen on the bottom left of the desktop provides just about all the links a power user needs.
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Cudni
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Useful solution. Thanks

Cudni



Kramer
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Great idea but why not carry this a step further. Create a Start menu exactly as you would like it. I don't have all day to navigate the new all programs screen. I'd like a shutdown shortcut, printers shortcut, etc.
To do this I just created a folder on my desktop called START. Add shortcuts into that folder that perform the functions you used to have on the start menu. Create a toolbar with that START folder as the source and move it to the left of your taskbar. each item might be a little tricky for the novice... but I'll give instructions for creating the All programs shortcut. Right click inside the START folder you have created and select new-shortcut. Browse to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\ and add programs to shortcut. Then you get a nice concise list of your programs that doesn't need the real estate to display the new All Programs screen, which I find worthless. This displays the all-users program list which for most should be pretty complete.

Shootist
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Just install Classic Shell and you don't need to jump through a bunch of hoops. The Start button just shows up.

Better yet don't buy or install Windows 8. That is one way to let MS know you are not in favor of the new UI on traditional computers. And maybe they will Re-Think this totally stupid UI for a Real Computer.
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OZO
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reply to digitalfutur

Good hint. Thank you!



chachazz
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reply to digitalfutur

Start8 ($4.99)

Start Menu X (free)

Edit: corrected link.
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Dustyn
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reply to digitalfutur

I suppose it's useful for Windows 8... but it's damn ugly.
Makes me happy to remain with XP32 and Win7 x64.


Mele20
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reply to Shootist

said by Shootist:

Just install Classic Shell and you don't need to jump through a bunch of hoops. The Start button just shows up.

Better yet don't buy or install Windows 8. That is one way to let MS know you are not in favor of the new UI on traditional computers. And maybe they will Re-Think this totally stupid UI for a Real Computer.

You have to get the OEMs to cooperate to avoid Win 8. So far, they are not doing so ...even to the point of cancelling an order for Win 7 Pro saying the chosen video card no longer exists...but you can get it on the same computer with Windows 8. You want Win 7 then tough...you have no choice in video card and no choice to get nVidia instead of ATI.
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RazzyW8

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For those who wants to "boot directly to desktop". Try this, go to task scheduler and add basic task to run at logon - C:\Windows\Explorer.exe. It seems "dirty" way to do it as it will load an explorer window with libraries.

I will not use this trick because I don't have that perception of some of you that wants to boot directly to desktop but I did tested it.



rfhar
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said by chachazz:

Start8 ($4.99)

Start Menu X (free)

»www.stardock.com/products/start8···ures.asp
Subtracted a period.
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chachazz
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Thanks for 'good' link, rfhar See Profile.
Corrected the link in the post



chachazz
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reply to digitalfutur

Some others:

StartIsBack

StartMenu8

(Downloaded but not tested yet.)
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Mele20
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reply to rfhar

I like Stardock stuff. That looks good...except it is Win 7 style...I want XP start menu style on Win 8 but I suppose that is asking too much! I'l try it and maybe the others listed in this thread when I get my new machine in about 10 days.
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rfhar
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reply to digitalfutur

There is a free one Win XP stile, stand by or search this site. Some kind soul will surely post it here.


SipSizzurp
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said by rfhar:

There is a free one Win XP stile, stand by or search this site. Some kind soul will surely post it here.

This ? »classicshell.sourceforge.net/

I'm using it routinely on W7 and it looks to be Wai8 compatible too.
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HFB1217
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Re: [WIN8] Get the Start Menu Back Without an App

Off Topic Sorry
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Kramer
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reply to digitalfutur

Please read the original post again everyone.

This thread is discussing the creation of start menu alternatives by not going outside of the Microsoft operating system. The discussion of third party apps to do the same, is off topic for this thread. Normally it would be off-topic for the forum, but since WIN8 is so new at least at this early stage, I have no problem with discussing them in this forum as a general solution. Please keep detailed discussion of their use in the Software Forum. Thanks

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Kramer
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Re: [WIN8] Get the Start Menu Back Without an App

 
My reconstruction of the classic start menu has been going well, but one command has me stumped and I wonder if anyone knows how to fix this. I wish to create a shortcut to the run dialog. Google came up with rundll32.exe shell32.dll,#61 and that actually works but look at the window. Something isn't right! Any suggestions?


RazzyW8

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I see there's a run shortcut already, it looks to be in:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools



Kramer
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Many thanks. That works perfectly. I wasn't able to find it in the path you mentioned but was able to find it in \Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools

Thanks again



RazzyW8

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NP! I found the Run in All apps of start screen. If you right click one of them and click on "Open File Location", it'll open up explorer with a bunch of shortcuts.



Kramer
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What's the "Start Screen"? Just kidding. Thanks, that helps. It gave me some ideas for items I wasn't originally going to include.


floydb1982

join:2004-08-25
Kent, WA
reply to digitalfutur

How did you do that??? Is the start menu hidden from the desktop or something??? Didn't Microsoft do away with the start menu in the desktop??? I am not seeing any start menu in the desktop at all.


SipSizzurp
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said by floydb1982:

How did you do that??? ... I am not seeing any start menu in the desktop at all.

said by digitalfutur:

By adding the desktop toolbar to the taskbar.


floydb1982

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SipSizzurp how do you do that???


SipSizzurp
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I don't have my W8 setup running anymore. Try right clicking on the taskbar to see if you find the option to add a toolbar. If not I'm sure the OP will clarify.



digitalfutur
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That's correct. Right click on the taskbar (make sure it's unlocked), expand the toolbar menu, then select "Desktop".