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Is it possible to bring back the XP Start Menu in Vista?


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#1 bradavon

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:20

From what I understand you have:

1. Vista Start Menu
2. 9x Start Menu

The latter is woefully old and I've never worked out why people still use it, anyway I like the XP start menu which isn't much different but the All Programs goes to the right, plus folders are put before shortcuts.

Is this possible in Vista?

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#2 thollian

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:24

nope, you can't, unfortunately

#3 RaisinCain

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:27

Yes you can you just need thir party software such as WindowBlinds.

#4 Slimy

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:30

I don't understand how people use the all programs menu that often. Hell, if it was up to me, I would remove the menu altogether in Vista. A good 90% of the apps I use frequently are all in the startmenu pane on the left. On XP, if the program wasn't there, I would go look for it in the all programs menu. On Vista, I type in a few letters and the search feature finds it for me. Much faster than looking for it manually :)

#5 RaisinCain

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:33

I am actually surprised that MS didn't do some type of dock (other than the sidebar).

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:40

and get sued into Oblivion? Yeah, I wonder why they didn't do it too :laugh:

#7 RaisinCain

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:46

LMAO ;) Hell, they copied some of OS X anyway. ;) lol

#8 :: Lyon ::

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 00:51

I don't understand why people don't want to change for the better

Once you get used to use the "Search" in Vista start menu, why would you want to go back to the horrifid organisation of folders/menus/programs like in XP??

Want to run word? Type: word and even before you finish, you can already see it in the start menu
run nero? type burn
etc etc

in XP:
want to run word? Click start menu, click on a the folder Microsoft Office (assuming you can find it), click Word

#9 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:01

I don't understand why people don't want to change for the better

Becuase the new start menu is NOT "change for the better" - it is a horrible system designed to be different for the sake of it. However, the search bar that is now included means that you don't need to use it often - if it wasn't for that there would be a LOT of people complaining. But the point remains that the new start menu is disgusting and I too would prefer the old XP system, even though I would mainly use the search bar.

#10 RaisinCain

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:04

Why would I want to type "Word" when I can click on the frickin' shortcut on the desktop?

#11 Slimy

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:04

Becuase the new start menu is NOT "change for the better" - it is a horrible system designed to be different for the sake of it. However, the search bar that is now included means that you don't need to use it often - if it wasn't for that there would be a LOT of people complaining. But the point remains that the new start menu is disgusting and I too would prefer the old XP system, even though I would mainly use the search bar.

The search bar is part of the start menu. If you mean that the all programs "menu" is not a change for the better, that's a different statement.

Why would I want to type "Word" when I can click on the frickin' shortcut on the desktop?

He was giving an example where your choice is between using the start menu to type word or use the all programs option. Hell, I have a button on my keyboard that calls up anything I want, but that's not the debate here.

#12 :: Lyon ::

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:12

Why would I want to type "Word" when I can click on the frickin' shortcut on the desktop?

So you have a shortcut for word, excel, powerpoint, nero, winamp, media player, internet explorer, antivirus, games, and whatever you have in your system.

my my, can't imagine what your desktop will look like :)

#13 Mordkanin

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:13

I am actually surprised that MS didn't do some type of dock (other than the sidebar).


:x Anything more than the quick launch is too much.

#14 RaisinCain

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:14

I was generalizing with the desktop shortcuts. I use quicklaunch. :p

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:22

The search bar is part of the start menu. If you mean that the all programs "menu" is not a change for the better, that's a different statement.

Yes, that is indeed what I meant - sorry for any confusion.

He was giving an example where your choice is between using the start menu to type word or use the all programs option.

Yes, that's great if you can type well and know what you're looking for. However, most people are hunt-and-peck typers and often don't know the name of the program they are looking for, requiring them to use the All Programs menu. The new All Programs menu is absurd and the fact you can't change it to the XP method is outrageous. I can understand, and agree with, the new Office ribbon interface being required, as people would instinctively go back to the classic view and no-one would use it but the difference is that the ribbon is an obvious improvement - here they don't allow the XP system because that would be admiting the new system is not as good.