Windows 8-based RetroUI gets update to RetroUI Pro

In September, well before the official launch of Windows 8, Thinix released RetroUI, which allowed users of Microsoft's new OS to boot directly to the desktop screen and bypass the "Modern" Start screen. This week, the company released a major update to RetroUI that not only adds a number of new features but also changes its name to RetroUI Pro.

The new features include adding Thinix's version of a Start menu to the Windows 8 desktop. Among other things, the Start menu allows users to pin Start screen apps to allow them to be accessed via the desktop mode of Windows 8.

RetroUI Pro also adds what Thinix calls Enforce, which adds a taskbar and Start menu button to the Windows 8 Start screen. Enforce also allows "Modern" Windows 8 apps to be resized. Those apps can even be made to run while viewing Windows 8 in desktop mode.

The program also has a feature called TabletView which lets its users arrange shortcuts for both "Modern" and desktop apps in Windows 8 in one grid-like pattern for easy launching via touch or mouse cursor.

As with RetroUI, the new RetroUI Pro costs $4.95, or $9.95 for a license to use it on up to three PCs. There's also a seven-day free trial available.

Source: RetroUI website | Images via Thinix

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ccoltmanm said,
That is very ugly. If you are not willing to change to the Metro style Windows, stick with Windows 7. What is the point of using 8 and modifying it?

Agreed, that's why my desktop is staying on Windows 7 because I feel that the Modern UI is better for touchscreens. Oh and n_K, IE10 is coming to Windows 7 and DX 11.1 doesn't make a difference to me as I don't have a DX 11.1 graphics card.

Gary7 said,
There is no app that will make Windows 8 look decent. The OS is just plain fugly.

Could it be that you have a very glossy screen?

Are these guys a sponsor or something? Not sure why we are promoting this specific start menu replacement over any of the others when there are a bunch of other options.

xendrome said,
Are these guys a sponsor or something? Not sure why we are promoting this specific start menu replacement over any of the others when there are a bunch of other options.

Which one of them allows you to run metro apps on the desktop? As someone who doesn't really like the fulllscreen window thing but will also be forced to use the metro music app when I pick up a WP8 device, I find that functionality useful and as far as I know it's completely novel.

I am cool with the new Start menu from Microsoft but instead of just bringing back old stuff like Start8 these guys really thought of a start menu with touch based input in mind. The video on their webpage doesn't really help if people really want the old start menu back because their version it is too different also so people would be better off with Start8 which is the same price.

In complaining about the new UI in Windows 8, people are out promoting and creating software that is far more complicated and confusing, and think they are helping users.

Microsoft's millions on UI and end user research compared to what a couple of people in their free time does not equate to similar levels of understanding.

Even Start 8 is misguided, as it is just a 'mask' to give people the illusion of what they had with Windows 7, when the reality is that Windows 8 ALSO offers all the same features and functionality. The difference again is users are too stubborn to look at the new start screen as a direct replacement for the start menu; which is insane as the Windows 8 start screen has all the Windows 7 Start Menu functionality Plus all the Windows 8 functionality.

The problem is that people don't try the Win 7 conventions and see if they work, or they never learned the Windows 7 conventions and what they really want is the classic start menu of cascading menus of crap that is 20 years old.

All the Win7 features are there, it is just the programs folders grouped into tile groups, and all the same search features (and more) are still there.

If people keep wasting their time with crap replacements instead of spending the time to learn Windows 8, they are cheating themselves, and when they use someone else's computer, they are going to seem illiterate, which will be quite uncomfortable when they are an IT professional fixing a computer or giving assistance. (Maybe they will do like IT/Techs of the past and dismantle the OS and tell the users their way is better and install this crap to screw over the users.)

thenetavenger said,

Microsoft's millions on UI and end user research compared

If they wanted they'd even have a study on how the commandline is the interface of the future...

thenetavenger said,

which is insane as the Windows 8 start screen has all the Windows 7 Start Menu functionality

It doesn't! It can't even display logical hierarchies!

MFH said,

If they wanted they'd even have a study on how the commandline is the interface of the future...

They have. That's why powershell v3 is installed by default in Windows 8!
Love it. I've automated all of my admin tasks on my win8 desktop.

deadonthefloor said,

They have. That's why powershell v3 is installed by default in Windows 8!
Love it. I've automated all of my admin tasks on my win8 desktop.

For system administrators obviously - it's not like they didn't admit that CLI is faster for those types of tasks with the release of the first version of PowerShelll...

But I meant on a greater scale. You know, currently the Microsoft-Hype-Team is focusing so much on touch it's not even funny. Promoting it as the best thing since sliced bread... (which was invented last winter © Abraham Simpson)

thenetavenger said,

Even Start 8 is misguided, as it is just a 'mask' to give people the illusion of what they had with Windows 7, when the reality is that Windows 8 ALSO offers all the same features and functionality. The difference again is users are too stubborn to look at the new start screen as a direct replacement for the start menu; which is insane as the Windows 8 start screen has all the Windows 7 Start Menu functionality Plus all the Windows 8 functionality.

.......

All the Win7 features are there, it is just the programs folders grouped into tile groups, and all the same search features (and more) are still there.

Awesome, finally someone has figured out how to bring back the Win 7 features I loved in the new start screen. Seeing as how you've unlocked all the functionality could you help me out with the biggest features that have been missing for me.

- Jumplists. I loved having pinned apps with jumplists (ie. hover over steam; get list to directly launch games). I have been too stubborn to find this functionality in the new start screen. Can you show me where it is?

- Universal search, this is apparently a really desirable feature. Phone makers are going to great lengths to add this to their devices while circumventing patents (because they feel it's so useful). In my stuborness, I have only discovered the Win 8 'feature' that replaces universal search with a inferior search that forces me to know what I'm looking for before searching ("was my keyboard settings app an actual application or a control panel applet? I guess I should google it so I know which to search type to use on Win 8"). Can you direct me toward the awesome universal search you were talking about?

My Windows 8 desktop goes to sleep, when I wake it up, it's back on the desktop.

I don't see how one simple click is worse than all of these add on crap looking start menus.

It looks nasty and is totally not needed at all Windows 8 is perfect the way it is just leave it alone. Microsoft really needs to find a way to completely block all of these "Start Menu addons" for good.

bryonhowley said,
Microsoft really needs to find a way to completely block all of these "Start Menu addons" for good.

The Win8 taliban again, denying choice for the sake of Metro fundamentalism.

Well! I am a great fan of Neowin and do read articles each day. But sadly, after reading this article I bought RetroUI Pro and dis-pointed with the performance and bad design of this software.

Simply, in my opinion money waste. I do not recommend it to anyone.

Neowin must try itself, do benchmarks, reliablty then the product should be reviewed/displayed on this website as users like me take Neowin as a standard.

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