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    Default My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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.

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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.

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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.

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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.

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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...

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    I have been trying to get used to it but i find myself on the desktop more and creating shortcuts.

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    _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.

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    Cool Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    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.

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    Default Re: My first impressions of StartMenu 8

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemanja Mihajlovic View Post
    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/custom....htm#post44184

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