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#1 drugo

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:00

hi

 

i have a laptop with installed w8.1 pro 64bit

 

sometime i really miss the windows start menu

 

may i ask you which start menu (software) do you use ?

 

thanks

cheers




#2 RottGutt

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:05

Start8, if I absolutely have to use Windows at all.

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#3 Top Qat

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:07

Classic Shell http://www.classicshell.net/



#4 Max Norris

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:09

For me it varies, my 7 desktops all run ClassicShell's start menu so I can add a few things to the start menu, added a few more menu items, etc. My 8 desktops are a mix of ClassicShell and the built in start screen, depending on what that system's mainly doing. Probably going to switch them all to the built in once that new version of the start menu rolls around, the one that's half menu, half modern.

#5 theholmboy

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:30

RottGutt, on 08 Jun 2014 - 10:05, said:

Start8, if I absolutely have to use Windows at all.

Tim

That is an interesting addendum from someone at neowin :s

 

Start8 is my fave...



#6 Ian W

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:32

Classic Shell.

It's free and probably the most flexible. As far as I know, no other Start menu replacement offers so many options for customization. By itself, it allows the user to use three different Start menu styles, including my favorite style, Classic (or Windows 2000).

There's a nice comparison of Start menu replacements at http://classicshell....&t=2399&p=11787



#7 HellboundIRL

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:55

Start8, works great and looks good.

#8 Adrian0E

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 17:10

I also use Classic Shell.



#9 Sikh

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 17:14

Star8. Really looking forward to the official start menu Microsoft is adding. I always wanted someone to incorporate live tiles in the start menu while showing the list view for apps

#10 Excelsis

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 17:38

Startisback for a 1:1 W7 start menu experience. I actually don't mind the start screen, I just don't really have a use for it.



#11 neo158

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 17:43

None, I use the Start Screen!!!



#12 UXGaurav

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 18:04

Classic Shell of course. The rest are all much inferior as the comparison posted above shows and I doubt if Microsoft's new menu can match Classic Shell's  quality. They have lost it completely and have a very low quality bar. :p Classic Shell was made to fix the Windows 7/Vista menu itself because that's when Microsoft started going downhill.



#13 Anibal P

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 18:14

None, I use the Start Screen!!!

 

Same here, Start Screen does all I need and better than the ugly menu 



#14 Deactivated.

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 18:24

That is an interesting addendum from someone at neowin :s 

 

You mean it's not 'win' as in 'For The Win':s



#15 Orange Battery

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 18:33

As much as I stopped trying to purchase Stardock software after it's whole lack of development on Fences 1 and then charging loyal users for Fences 2 - I use Start8.  If you can find a good alternative then I encourage you to try and not put money into Stardock as they simply don't care about customers.