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For those who have tried Start8, apparently there are millions, when you search from the Start8 menu, can you right click and perform context actions on the search result?

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As you can see below, Start8 supports this feature:

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As you can see below, Start8 supports this feature:

Thanks!

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It's well worth the $4.99 - worked out at around

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It's well worth the $4.99 - worked out at around

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StartIsBack can do the same thing and is cheaper too.

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Its a shame start8 gets all the attention, IMHO STartIsBack is the defacto windows 7 start menu to windows 8 and the only program i'm aware that introduces no extra load, all to render the start menu is from windows 8 itself, classic shell and pokki are anotherterrible example of bloat.

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I prefer StartIsBack. Tried Start8 a few times, but even the most recent update it still loves to make my system sluggish after a while for no reason at all. StartIsBack has a free trial, as well. They're both good, but Start8 loses out due to performance issues.

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StartIsBack can do the same thing and is cheaper too.

Using SiB myself. For the uninitiated, it's the actual Windows 7 start menu that the developer Tihiy (Stanislav Zinukhov) has re-introduced to Win8 with a hook(?). Unlike Start 8, it's not a start menu replacement or emulator - it is the original Windows start menu itself a part of Microsoft's own code from Win 7. :D And since it's MS's own code, it works, feels and looks exactly as like the real deal - and that's 'cuz it is :)

Also, since it integrates itself into the core, it doesn't have any trailing processes or services. Doesn't schedule any tasks. Just loads a single extra dll to integrate into the explorer shell. So no performance lag or start screen flash at the start. I'll highly recommend to anyone who is dissatisfied with the Metro/Modern UI to give it a try (30 day full function trial) before settling on one solution or another :think:

Costs $3 for 2 PC's BTW. For 5 bucks, you can get a 5 PC license ($1 per PC). Not too shabby for the real McCoy, eh? :yes:Start is Back website - Softpedia review - Arstechnica review

EDIT: I'm liking it so much that I've become a bit of an evangelist :p

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classic shell and pokki are anotherterrible example of bloat.

Don't spread FUD about bloat. All Start Menu replacements inject themselves into Explorer.exe so it's the memory usage of Explorer.exe that you should be watching. The memory usage is identical. Not a problem on even any slower system. Not that StartIsBack is bad or anything, it's excellent. :D

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Don't spread FUD about bloat. All Start Menu replacements inject themselves into Explorer.exe so it's the memory usage of Explorer.exe that you should be watching. The memory usage is identical. Not a problem on even any slower system. Not that StartIsBack is bad or anything, it's excellent. :D

what i'm saying is that classic shell loads a service of its own and the code to the menus is entirely new, its bloated compared to StartIsBack, but not a bloat itself.

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Its a shame start8 gets all the attention, IMHO STartIsBack is the defacto windows 7 start menu to windows 8 and the only program i'm aware that introduces no extra load, all to render the start menu is from windows 8 itself, classic shell and pokki are anotherterrible example of bloat.

I used classic shell and it was always laggy on my system. I also tried start8 and wasnt really impressed either. I actually started to use Pokki yesterday and have had pretty good results. I feel its faster and doesnt look too bad either. Just my opinion. And Im not really sure what bloat your talking about. It does have apps that ou can load but its not really obtrusive. So far its the one thats worked the best for me.

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I used classic shell and it was always laggy on my system. I also tried start8 and wasnt really impressed either. I actually started to use Pokki yesterday and have had pretty good results. I feel its faster and doesnt look too bad either. Just my opinion. And Im not really sure what bloat your talking about. It does have apps that ou can load but its not really obtrusive. So far its the one thats worked the best for me.

look, I love Windows 8, its snappier and a more vivid experience than windows 7, everyone call feel this, but start menu is vital to me, i want something identical to windows 7 not more or less, more = bloat.

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look, I love Windows 8, its snappier and a more vivid experience than windows 7, everyone call feel this, but start menu is vital to me, i want something identical to windows 7 not more or less, more = bloat.

Having used both, I can see what you're saying. I would also say that Start8 is very much a high quality product. However, StartIsBack has a certain essential "purity", for lack of a better word. Therefore, in the end, a bit more elegant of a solution than Start8.

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So I'm likely installing Windows 8 tomorrow...If I understand correctly StartisBack and Start8 don't really change the features of Windows 8 and isn't as drastic as running a custom ROM on my Android. They simply bring back the start menu?

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So I'm likely installing Windows 8 tomorrow...If I understand correctly StartisBack and Start8 don't really change the features of Windows 8 and isn't as drastic as running a custom ROM on my Android. They simply bring back the start menu?

you are correct

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what i'm saying is that classic shell loads a service of its own and the code to the menus is entirely new, its bloated compared to StartIsBack, but not a bloat itself.

I have an i7 with 32GB RAM so if it is adding any load I'm not noticing it, plus I'm not in the Start menu "that" much. But when I am, it's much preferred tot he Start Page especially search. I also like all the options. I'd rather have this than just the regular Windows 7 Start menu. I have not tried the others you mentioned and I'm sure they are fine, but this is just very well made, feature filled, and does what I want. No performance or bloat issues but like I said, I wouldn't notice any minor issues anyway.

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I don't use a Start Menu replacement however I have tried Start8 and must say its pretty awesome on how well it emulates the legacy Start menu.

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