Windows 8: Want the classic menu? There's an app for that

The new start button in Windows 8 is a drastic change from the previous iterations of Windows. Knowing this, we posted up how to change the new start menu back to the classic start menu in Windows 8.

For some, this process may have been complicated and they did not want to risk possibly corrupting their Windows 8 install. If you fall into this category, there is a new app that will allow you to toggle between the classic and new start menu with one single click.

The application is called Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle and can be found of Deviantart using this link.

It should be noted that while users are reporting that the application works as predicted, it is still running on an early build of Windows 8 which is not intended to be used as your daily OS.

While the classic start menu is not present in the DP, it is speculated that Microsoft intentionally did not make the option available to force developers to adopt the new UI. The classic start menu could return in native fashion at a later date.

Download: Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle

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Nice. Dont forget you have to restart your computer after changing.

Also. this seems to fix the error of moving around tabs on google chrome. can now move them to anywhere and to another window if needed.

... use to only be able to unattached to the window and not move into any other windows and couldnt move the tabs around in the same window.

ShareShiz said,
Nice. Dont forget you have to restart your computer after changing.

Also. this seems to fix the error of moving around tabs on google chrome. can now move them to anywhere and to another window if needed.

... use to only be able to unattached to the window and not move into any other windows and couldnt move the tabs around in the same window.

Update: this also changes task manager to its old form

It works good but when you hit the start button on your keyboard it stil brings up the start screen, and it doesn't even work

What I don't understand is why the icon of Windows Media Player is like the 11th... Brings back memories when Build 7,000.

Actually there is another way to get the old start menu and it is a big irony.....in the previous leak people were crying for the file shsxs.dll. Now, this "another way" is to goto windows\system32, find shsxs.dll and change it to shsxs.dll.old and reboot. LOL

Does anyone know how to open 2 metro apps at the same time? With a 3 monitor setup, it seems I can still only have 1 metro app showing at a time. Am I missing somethings?

Also, by doing this, you'll loose most of Windows 8 has to offer in "whats new". Like Metro, Ribon, new task manager, yada yada.
I wish there was an app to bring up the startup menu, without loosing the actual features.

I personally have no need for it, absolutely everything I need access to I just press the windows key and start typing the first couple of letters of the program and hit enter.

Also if you press the windows key, press a letter on the keyboard and then press backspace, you get a list of every program on the computer which you can scroll through.

Why not just do this:

Open regedit, goto

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Windows \ CurrentVersion\Explorer

change value of RPEnabled from "1" to "0"

Simmo3D said,
Why not just do this:

Open regedit, goto

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Windows \ CurrentVersion\Explorer

change value of RPEnabled from "1" to "0"

The app does just that.

I am now using Win8 as my primary OS, ( i like risk). I am not going back to the regular start menu although I find a few things hard to "discover". I do think things should be easier to "discover" and hope that is coming. I still don't know how to close an app, and initiate the multitasking that is available on touch to my four monitor setup. Where is the Q&A for this Neowin? I'll check the forums. LIttle things for now. So far everything is running! And I have it booting to a regular HD that I will be hopefully cloning to the SSD soon.

jimmyfal said,
I am now using Win8 as my primary OS, ( i like risk). I am not going back to the regular start menu although I find a few things hard to "discover". I do think things should be easier to "discover" and hope that is coming. I still don't know how to close an app, and initiate the multitasking that is available on touch to my four monitor setup. Where is the Q&A for this Neowin? I'll check the forums. LIttle things for now. So far everything is running! And I have it booting to a regular HD that I will be hopefully cloning to the SSD soon.

As stated many times on other threads. I don't think you "close" apps. They sit in the background to launch quickly back up when the need arises. It's basically no different than how tablets and smartphones perform.

I am running Metro on a large monitor. Actually 2, and it is amazing! Maybe Windows 8 didn't install the correct graphic driver yet for your system. I hope in Metro the modify the scrolling from left to right using a mouse. Instead of a scrollbar you should be able to swipe the entire catalog of tiles as you were with your finger.... like they did with the login screen.

Dreamspell said,
I just roll the middle button to scroll through the tiles left and right.

It seems your reading comprehension is a little off today. NerdyTech said INSTEAD OF using the scroll bar, it should act like the login screen, which is click-n-drag. It would make things more consistent. And you should note that there are some pointing devices that DON'T have a scroll wheel (such as my Logitech Trackman Marble or many laptops).

"While the classic start menu is not present in the DP, it is speculated that Microsoft intentionally did not make the option available to force developers to adopt the new UI. The classic start menu could return in native fashion at a later date."

I had this thought the other day. Microsoft can give developers a little push to do things 100% Metro if they make it look like the start menu is not going to be back. Hopefully this is true, because it is a mistake to completely remove the start menu. Metro just doesn't work so well on a desktop with a large monitor and a mouse and keyboard.

mrp04 said,
"While the classic start menu is not present in the DP, it is speculated that Microsoft intentionally did not make the option available to force developers to adopt the new UI. The classic start menu could return in native fashion at a later date."

I had this thought the other day. Microsoft can give developers a little push to do things 100% Metro if they make it look like the start menu is not going to be back. Hopefully this is true, because it is a mistake to completely remove the start menu. Metro just doesn't work so well on a desktop with a large monitor and a mouse and keyboard.

No it would not be a mistake. The new start screen works perfectly fine my wide 20" monitor.

My biggest problem is that most of the apps I use in Windows 8 now are still the desktop apps, such as Paint and Wordpad and such. (I do use some Metro apps too though... most notably the Notespace app.) And when I'm on the desktop and I want to open a program I didn't pin to the taskbar, I have to move my mouse to the bottom-left corner, wait for that menu to appear, and click on Search and enter in the program's name and then click on "Apps". In Windows 7, I just open the start menu and begin typing. Hopefully in later builds, there'll be some easier way.

JaykeBird said,
My biggest problem is that most of the apps I use in Windows 8 now are still the desktop apps, such as Paint and Wordpad and such. (I do use some Metro apps too though... most notably the Notespace app.) And when I'm on the desktop and I want to open a program I didn't pin to the taskbar, I have to move my mouse to the bottom-left corner, wait for that menu to appear, and click on Search and enter in the program's name and then click on "Apps". In Windows 7, I just open the start menu and begin typing. Hopefully in later builds, there'll be some easier way.

And that's how you do it in Windows 8 as well. Not in a future build, but today, in the Developer Preview build. Try it: WinKey + "wordpad" + Enter.

Not a single mouse click is required. Fully keyboard-accessible. Works just like it does in Windows 7, but with a new UI. (Although I have to admit, the Apps/Settings/Files grouping is inefficient.)

Don't assume that Microsoft has removed a feature until you try it out.

TomJones said,

And that's how you do it in Windows 8 as well. Not in a future build, but today, in the Developer Preview build. Try it: WinKey + "wordpad" + Enter.

Not a single mouse click is required. Fully keyboard-accessible. Works just like it does in Windows 7, but with a new UI. (Although I have to admit, the Apps/Settings/Files grouping is inefficient.)

Don't assume that Microsoft has removed a feature until you try it out.

Okay, you don't need to start talking down on me. It was not very visible that I was able to do this. There was no visual indicator on the Start screen that I could start searching by simply typing. But nonetheless, you showed me something new, and I am happy that there is an easier way. So thank you.

And, in my opinion, I like the apps/settings/files grouping... In Windows 7, when you searched in the Start menu, they divided results into groups like Files and Programs and Control Panel... The only difference, it seems, is that the groups aren't shown all on one screen in Windows 8's search...