Seriously, must every single goddam thread about start replacements be trolled with this mindless schlok? We get it, everything Microsoft does is awesome. Go and flagellate in another topic and leave these ones alone.
Max Norris, on 02 November 2012 - 17:22, said:
Haven't tried SIB myself, used his previous ExForWin7, guessing it's along similar lines. It installs the Windows 7 Explorer as an alternate shell, not a knockoff but the actual files from the Windows 7 ISO, it'll ask for it during the installation. (Installs elsewhere, doesn't overwrite the original, and you'll still retain Win8's file manager.) Couple very minor quirks aside it worked quite well, and would guess SIB improves on it.. very rarely had the desire to switch to the Win7 shell so never bothered to update it.. purely using for easymode start screen organization then switching back.
SIB uses no content from Windows 7, it simply installs a DLL that acts as a hook to enable some functions that are still present in Explorer to present a fully working start menu. You still use the Windows 8 explorer, and you still have a fully functional start screen.