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Medico
09-29-2012, 07:29 AM
I have to say this is a very basic replacement for the Win 7 Start Orb. I like to have menu options for Favorites, Documents and CP and see no way of changing from Link to Menu as I have in Classic Shell. Even the Win 7 Start Orb has these alternatives.

I see no way of customizing the look or feel of this. That is one of the draws to Classic Shell, making it look and feel the way you want it.

For just basic opening apps, bypassing Modern UI, getting to some areas of the OS, it works fine.

I just want to see something that gives me the opportunity to do more. For now it is a poor substitute to Classic Shell. Sorry guys, perhaps in the next release it will be better. For now I will not be changing.

TechnoMage
09-30-2012, 03:23 AM
Ditto!
The "Classic Shell" gives the user a plethora (big bunch) of options for customizing their start menu and the way that C.S. interfaces with Windows.

I do love Windows XP, and the Classic Shell allows me to customize my Win-8 desktop to look and feel almost exactly like XP which I'm familiar with.

I've done this for many of my customers that have purchased a new PC and were horrified to find Windows 8 staring at them.

TM :cool:

Duffy
10-06-2012, 11:28 AM
I had StartMenu8 on one of my computers running Windows 8 RP for about one hour to try it out. I did not like it and uninstalled it. Maybe it will get better. I am using Start8 from Stardock which I like. It has improved much from its early days. It's like the Windows 7 Start Menu. The only downside to it is that I am on a 30 day free trial then it become a $4.99 (yearly?) paid program. Classic Shell continues to be the best in my opinion and it's free to boot!

I encourage others to try all of them out to form their own opinions.

Duffy

Duffy
10-06-2012, 11:38 AM
I tried StartMenu8 on one of my computers and was not impressed. It's a very basic app right now. Hopefully it will get better in future releases. Anyway, I uninstalled it after about an hour of playing with it. I have Start8 from Stardock on another computer which I like. It's much like the Windows 7 Start Menu. However it becomes a paid app after the thirty day trial ends. Classic Shell is the best program at the moment plus it's free!

I encourage others to check out these third-party programs to form their own opinions.

Duffy

Duffy
10-06-2012, 11:39 AM
I tried StartMenu8 on one of my computers and was not impressed. It's a very basic app right now. Hopefully it will get better in future releases. Anyway, I uninstalled it after about an hour of playing with it. I have Start8 from Stardock on another computer which I like. It's much like the Windows 7 Start Menu. However it becomes a paid app after the thirty day trial ends. Classic Shell is the best program at the moment plus it's free!

I encourage others to check out these third-party programs to form their own opinions.

Duffy

_Daisy_
11-30-2012, 07:15 AM
How about Classic Shell? I'm new to Win 8 and found this. Am installing today, so have no feedback on how good it is, but I always like and trust apps from sourceforge. The forum won't let me post a link yet, but here's the address: classicshell.sourceforge dot net

oops. I see Duffy suggested this as well...

Biggzz
11-30-2012, 11:39 AM
I have been trying to get used to it but i find myself on the desktop more and creating shortcuts.

catilley1092
11-30-2012, 08:11 PM
_Daisy_, I've used Classic Shell since mid summer & have never looked back. Not everyone likes the app, but many who has tried it does. There's many options under the hood of the app.

Note that contrary to what some perceives, Classic Shell, unlike many of the other Start Orb's of today, wasn't initially designed as a Windows 8 Start Orb. It was designed to give additional functions to Windows 7/Vista.

Cat

TechnoMage
04-22-2013, 06:26 AM
It was designed to give additional functions to Windows 7/Vista.

Which it does, beautifully.
I'm still installing or re-installing Windows 7 for my customers and on every install, I include the latest version of Classic Shell. My customers love it!

It works equally well for Windows 8.

TM :cool:

catilley1092
07-29-2013, 07:16 PM
I like it very much, tho it would be awesome if we could change every tile how we want.

That's the deal with Start Orb (or Menu) replacements, with one of these installed, why are you even looking at tiles? The whole purpose of them is to have a basic, down to earth Start Menu.

I can't speak of all of the options available, though I did tryout StartMenu8 & didn't like it, I did eventually switch to Classic Shell, even on my Windows 7/Vista installs (what it was initially designed for). Most of the rest have hopped on the wagon with the release of Windows 8 & many are still a beta project in the works. Classic Shell was born long before Windows 8 was even heard of, so the folks there had a jump on the competition.

That being said Nemanja, you have a replacement, why are you concerned with the Tiles? The links to all of those are supposed to be in your replacement Start Menu. Yes, that screen is still there, however you can delete as many of those Tiles as you wish. Better yet, set it up to where you never see that screen, period.

The preview of Windows 8.1 (Blue) has that option by right clicking on the Taskbar. You can boot straight to Desktop, which then looks much like a Windows 7 one.

However, one benefit of those Tiles is no more double clicking to open an app. Click once & it opens. And I believe that you can change the appearance of them, if that's your desire. One of our artistic members has a gallery of replacements for those.

Here's the link to the thread. PM the member if you need assistance, as this is the member's hobby.

http://www.forumswindows8.com/customization/orphydians-windows-8-custom-tiles-icons-thread-|-share-your-tiles-icon-resources-9599.htm#post44184

Cat

Drew
07-30-2013, 12:22 PM
In 8.1 it can be set so the Win button goes to ALL Apps screen which is the same as ALL Programs instead, of the Start screen; being on the taskbar & going to ALL Apps is the only difference to using the Win key in Windows 8. I, still, prefer having an Applications windows on the Taskbar... saves changing screens & I like the View & Sort I can select better than the ALL Apps screen type of display & arrangement. And Shutdown (Shutdown/Restart) has been added to the Power Users menu, instead of using Charms.



Oh & people will like that it can, now, in 8.1 be set to boot directly to Desktop. Saves hitting the Enter key.



Personally, I see no more need for adding 3rd Party start stuff w/ 8.1 than I did w/ 8.0, maybe, even, less. I saw no need w/ 8.0



There are a number of other cool enhancements w/in Windows 8.1

To mention some...

Search is improved, PC settings streamlined & it is faster than 8.0. Also, comes w/ IE11 & that has been improved over IE10. Greater customization & flexibility to Tile & App sizing (Snap) and finally more can be done w/ backgrounds including having consistency, similarity, from Desktop to the other screens.

Cheers,
Drew
2498.1

catilley1092
07-30-2013, 09:13 PM
I'm with Drew on his point, there are no added Start replacements on my 8.1, though on 8 Pro, I still have Classic Shell installed. Haven't booted into the Windows 8 Pro installs for some time anyway, not even to update them (Office 2010 has SP2 awaiting) though I have used the 8.1 preview some.

Will likely remove Classic Shell from 8.1 once the upgrade becomes official, or before I perform the upgrade. In a way, I wished these had never been introduced, or never heard of them personally, as they can be addicting & hinder the user from learning. For example, back in late Feburary 2012, when Windows 8 CP was released, through the 1st week of Windows 8 RP, released in late May 2012, I ran the preview "as is".

It was only when other prominent members of the forum started discussing Classic Shell, over 3 months after I began using the previews, did I become curious, tried it & never looked back. Even installed it on my Windows 7 & Vista OS's, where it actually does have a use. Those two OS's, if one has a lot of apps, there's a lot of mouse scrolling to find the one wanted, unless one prefers typing everything into the Search box.

However, even for those OS's, since then I've learned (from Drew), of a taskbar option to display the apps with a single click of the mouse. That also works on Windows 8, though I haven't tried it on 8.1.

But I won't knock those who does use these, as I realize that we're all different & know that many prefers to stay in their comfort zone. No more than I'll knock those who chooses non-inbuilt security options, alternative browsers & other customizations. That is one of the things that made Windows so popular, the freedom of choice to a great degree & wouldn't want to see it any other way, though I suspect that's slowly going to change. Windows 8 is sort of a bridge between the past & future for the corporation.

As for the Start Menu replacements & many other everyday apps that we've freely used for years, expect that to change. MS didn't create that Windows Store for good looks, it was created to be profitable. To make up for cost of basic apps that at some point we'll be paying for, future versions of Windows will likely cost less, just as Windows 8 Pro was for those who took the leap before the deadline.

In the end, if all goes as planned, MS will be making more cash than ever, once they get users off of XP & more importantly, Windows 7. Note that Office 2010 just got SP2 & Windows 7 got nothing but again, a long list of monthly updates that's continually weighing the OS down. I can now install 2 versions of XP in the time it takes to install one Windows 7 due to this. Worse yet, at least on one computer, Vista SP2 is just as fast as Windows 7 is.

It appears as though at this point, MS has zero intentions of issuing a new SP for it's largest group of users, it's bread & butter, which will only cause deep, irreversible resentment & major loss of customers when the smoke clears (once Windows 7's lifespan is over). Many of which can ride out the next 2 or 3 versions of Windows because computers now have longer lifespans than ever.

I'm one of those pissed Windows 7 customers myself & though I have 8 installed, have turned to Linux Mint as my primary OS, after running it in VM's for years. It's fast, secure, maintainance is low & get updates as needed, not primarily on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Plus it's free, ships with a near drop in replacement for MS Office (sufficent for the majority of users) in Libre Office & has 30,000+ apps in the Software Manager free of charge, though there are a few select paid ones.

Not to mention that Linux powers over 90% of the world's servers & supercomputers. Most of the branches of the US government & financial sectors even uses Linux servers. In fact, directly or indirectly, we all use Liunx to some degree, when we bank online or make transactions, or even use the Internet period.

What really freaked me out, was that even Windows 8 was distributed through Linux servers.

As far as the Start Menu replacements goes, I can live with or without them. There are far more important matters to be concerned about, as we'll be seeing them unfold within the next couple of years.

Cat

Drew
07-31-2013, 01:01 AM
Cat,


However, even for those OS's, since then I've learned (from Drew), of a taskbar option to display the apps with a single click of the mouse. That also works on Windows 8, though I haven't tried it on 8.1.

It works just the same, is just as ideal on 8.1 :) I've taken to using it w/ Medium Icon for View recently instead of List; looks like opening Control Panel of yore, lol. Easy to see everything.

Cheers,
Drew
2500.1

badrobot
07-31-2013, 07:12 AM
Personally, unless I intend to use a touchescreen monitor in the future (which I will probably not), I will not bother with the new UI. I am happy to use Win 8 like Win 7 even though it is not natively designed as such. It's more efficient for me that way. Maybe little by little I will learn to like Win 8 in it's totality. But I will not waste my time right now trying to figure everything. As long as the Classic Shell is free and working for me, I am good. You may throw me a question like "Why did I get Win 8 then?". And my answer will be "out of curiosity of what the fuss is all about". :) And now I know exactly why a lot of people put "H" before "8" ( as in H8). :P

The only thing I am happy about Win 8 is it's snappiness compared to 7.

Just like Cat, I am also beginning to like the Linux OS and use them more often than the Win 8. And I am kind of enjoying my $35 Raspberry Pi running "Raspbian" OS (a Debian OS optimized for Ras-Pi) more than my Win 8 PC.

"ALL APPS" is not the same as "ALL PROGRAMS". A computer can be useful without apps, but won't function without programs. In Classic Shell plug-in, Programs are separated from Apps which is a very smart idea because I never really bother using any apps on Win 8. The only apps I use are the ones on my tablet and smartphones. Apps on Win 8 are very erratic unless you are logged on to your Microsoft Account 24/7 which I don't really like.

This is me. I am not arguing with anyone. As one would always say, "To each his/her own." Some would say Win 8 is "GR8", but for me, I simply I kind of "H8" it. Not totally, but yeah... that's the way it is.

Cat, I am trying Mate on VM. So far I can't tell the difference with Cinnamon release. :)
I have yet to try that portable version.

catilley1092
07-31-2013, 10:25 PM
badrobot, on computers not pre-equipped with Windows 8, I strongly agree with you, Windows 8 (& 8.1) is far snappier than Windows 7 is on the computers designed for that OS. In time though, given enough updates w/no SP's to roll them into a neat, compact package, Windows 8 will be as slow as 7 is today. Fortunately, Windows 8 is getting a huge update very soon. Unfortunately for it's users, Windows 7 isn't, or if so, there's no word on it. Even Vista users got SP2, which actually isn't that much slower than Windows 7 now, on the same machine using the same security, if at all.

I need to check Debian out, have heard a lot about it, as I recall there is a Linux MInt version based on it. Debian is known as a "rolling release", constantly updating as needed & one of Linux's long term staples. Except for the bit of time I tried CentOS, RedHat's community & developmental OS, I've been using Ubuntu or "gnome" based Linux OS's, which includes Mint & others.

Though I'm not particular crazy about the Modern UI, I've been giving it a shot with 8.1, mabye it'll stick to me, mabye not. One thing for certain, if one is going to use the Modern UI, it'll be best to keep it uncluttered as possible. It's not necessary to have tiles for apps/programs used once or twice per year, those are best accessed through the Search box (easily accessed, unless one is too lazy to type).

I wouldn't be interested in a touchscreen on a home computer, whether it be a widescreen desktop PC or traditional notebook. Main reason is fingerprints everywhere, I can't stand a dirty monitor. However, on the job, I could see using a tablet with a touchscreen & when shopping, most of us have used them at self-checkout registers or photo kiosks.

badrobot, I believe that you'll enjoy that portable version, the Lightweight Portable Security OS offered by the researchers at the Air Force. If for no other reason, having a malware free browser to boot into is a huge plus. Although it can be installed to a USB stick & changes preserved between uses, this isn't recommended practice. The only time it's recommended to use a Flash drive/SD card is when there's no optical drive available.

Booted the CD today to pay a couple of bills, it does indeed contain LibreOffice & Adobe Reader software. Remember, to have the most secure OS for transactions, a clean boot is recommended if other sites are visited before purchasing/online banking or other sensitive transactions are made.

Should be about time for a new release to come forward. I'll keep you informed.

Hope that you're enjoying the Raspberry PI, the reviews on it are outstanding to date.

Cat

badrobot
08-07-2013, 04:50 AM
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The OS is ready for use (beta but stable). They have different versions for download. Each one is packaged to run either locally on your hard drive, live on CD, with QEMU, VMWare or Virtual Box.

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Cheers!

Gina76
08-26-2013, 11:30 PM
Work as what it says, and it's totally free of charge. I love start menu 8, I love IObit's software.

Hazneliel
12-13-2013, 07:30 AM
I also think its important to include the start menu, for old users so they can find it easy.

Drew
12-16-2013, 05:01 PM
I also think its important to include the start menu, for old users so they can find it easy.

There is a start menu. And everything in the OS is easy to find & this is coming from an "old user". And that's w/out unnecessarily adding any 3rd Party thing to make the OS look like some OS from the past.

Cheers,
Drew
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