Yet another big update for RetroUI for Windows 8

RetroUI from Thinix, one of the many programs that seeks to give Windows 8 owners a way to add a Start menu to its desktop UI, launched a new version just before Thanksgiving. Today, the company announced that it has made available yet another version of RetroUI for download. One of the new features in the 2.2 build of RetroUI adds multi-monitor support, allowing users to access RetroUI on Windows 8 with more than two monitors.

The Enforce feature in RetroUI, which adds a taskbar and Start menu button to the Windows 8 Start screen, has also been improved. Thinix says, "Enforce now offers the option of automatically returning to the classic desktop when (the F4 key) is used to close a Windows Store App." Thinix has also added a new advanced hotkey that can be used to reset Enforce settings.

Finally, the new version has added three more languages (Afrikaans, Hungarian/Magyar, and Turkish/Türkçe), fixed a couple of bugs that have been discovered since the launch of the last version, and added some refined colors and themes for the Start menu. RetroUI 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. We also want to point out that this program is for Windows 8 only and won't work on Windows RT-based hardware.

Source: RetroUI press release | Image via Thinix

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Don from Thinix here, we appreciate all the comments. The thing to keep in mind is that there are millions of Windows users, and all those users have their own taste, goals, and skill level. There are traditional desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and embedded systems. Each of these form factors has its own unique Ux (user experience).

At Thinix, we strive to build excellent software, and our goal is to build software which has compelling features that users want and need. In v2.0, we elected not to take a me-too approach and copy the exact look of the Windows start menu, but instead to make ours touch-friendly, and we have extended that functionality into TabletView, which offers drag-n-drop organization for your pinned favorites.

RetroUI Pro is the only software in the world that can run Windows 8 Apps in resizable windows. That software changes the game in terms of learning curve for Windows 8 users because the taskbar is always visible.

We just released RetroUI Pro v2.2.1, adding support for blocking hotcorners, small icon mode in the Windows taskbar, auto-save for App window size & position, and allowing customizations of our hotkey functions. We will be releasing additional features in the coming weeks and months which will continue to raise the bar.

Our team here at #ThinixLabs would like to thank the tens-of-thousands of loyal fans and users around the world. Please give 2.2.1 a try, its' fast and stable and supports 23-languages. We have a free 7-day trial, and you can download the software at: RetroUI.com

-d

donv said,
The thing to keep in mind is that there are millions of Windows users, and all those users have their own taste, goals, and skill level.

No they are not allowed and its wrong of you to resist change !
if Microsoft does something your suppose to do as your told.
Your only allowed to use your computer according to the current M$ trend.
It's a crime to attempt to keep the customer happy when M$ lost interest in doing so..

I am betting Windows Blue will bring back the start button. Any takers on the bet? LOL.
I solved the start button problem. I had 2 machines I install Windows 8 on, a lappy and desky. I moved the lappy back to Windows 7. If I do an upgrade instead of an install, I always pull the drive and rename the Windows directory something else. Do the upgrade and then when I want to change back, I simply rename that folder back. (Not only do you have to rename it, you also need to make a copy so that you have 2. one still needs to be named Windows for the upgrade to work.) Saves time and I dont have to reinstall apps. When you wnat to go back, you rename the folder back to how it was, pop in the older Windows startup disk and do a repair on the startup files and viola...back to Windows 7. Takes less than 10 mins to do altogether. I'll change back once Windows Blue appears and MS has worked in substancial UI changes and capabilities.

TechieXP said,
I am betting Windows Blue will bring back the start button. Any takers on the bet? LOL.
I solved the start button problem. I had 2 machines I install Windows 8 on, a lappy and desky. I moved the lappy back to Windows 7. If I do an upgrade instead of an install, I always pull the drive and rename the Windows directory something else. Do the upgrade and then when I want to change back, I simply rename that folder back. (Not only do you have to rename it, you also need to make a copy so that you have 2. one still needs to be named Windows for the upgrade to work.) Saves time and I dont have to reinstall apps. When you wnat to go back, you rename the folder back to how it was, pop in the older Windows startup disk and do a repair on the startup files and viola...back to Windows 7. Takes less than 10 mins to do altogether. I'll change back once Windows Blue appears and MS has worked in substancial UI changes and capabilities.

Okay 2 things.
1: Blue isnt going to revert anything, they will move Win8 further into this Metro design then it is now. Considering the persons responsible for giving us Metro in the first place, are now running the Windows division.
2: You do know when you upgrade Windows, Windows itself makes a backup folder which you can use to revert your windows back to what it was called the "Windows.old" directory.

Sotto_Zero said,
What are you complaining about? This looks like the perfect punishment for people who are adverse to change...

I guess i ought go find a nice soiled diaper for you then eh ?

what ya gonna do when ya get old and have to wear them again ? lol

i wonder if the logic will fly right over your head lol

You know, the Start Screen isn't at all that bad. For me, this application only goes to show how keeping the Start Menu would have proved a tough challenge.

Trying to mix access to Metro and standard desktop applications plus Metro UI vs Classic UI system menus and configuration dialogues clearly does not work too well, looking at RetroUI. It's becoming clear to me why it was removed altogether.

I really like StartIsBack, personally. I was using Classic Shell previously, and I had tried Start8 and maybe some others as well. Many of them have advantages over others, but overall I prefer StartIsBack's advantages.

But competition is good, it keeps all of the manufacturer's on their toes and it's also good to think outside the box and create new or different functionality. Some of these projects start out very rough at first, but they might improve.

Certainly a damning indictment of Microsoft, when third-party developers had to come up with functionality that MS should have left in Windows-8. THEN, give users the choice of which UI they want to use during installation, and later through the Control Panel. Regrettably, MS didn't do it--arrogance, I'm sure.

TsarNikky said,
Certainly a damning indictment of Microsoft, when third-party developers had to come up with functionality that MS should have left in Windows-8. THEN, give users the choice of which UI they want to use during installation, and later through the Control Panel. Regrettably, MS didn't do it--arrogance, I'm sure.

Sure its MS's arrogance making these choices.
Dude the Desktop is a dying form factor, it will not leave us for decades to come, but it is shrinking over the favor of tablets and phones to do most of our computer tasks nowadays.
Why cling on to such an outdated legacy start menu (it goes back a freaking 20 years, its been long enough man) and go with an uniform and united look across multiple devices without the need of learning how it works.
If you have Win8 and go use a WinRT tablet, you are already acustomed to it, you know where to find stuff, where everything is. And without EVER touching a WinRT device.
Similar goes for WP8.

Anyways, if anyone is arrogant, its you. For demanding such things.
Dont like it, DONT BUY/USE IT! go use Linux,like Ubuntu with its new 'implementation of how touch devices should be used' which is absolutely atrochious and horrible.
But enjoy

TsarNikky said,
Certainly a damning indictment of Microsoft, when third-party developers had to come up with functionality that MS should have left in Windows-8. THEN, give users the choice of which UI they want to use during installation, and later through the Control Panel. Regrettably, MS didn't do it--arrogance, I'm sure.

agreed 100%

love how this expert here knows about dying form factors lol
and when and how EVERYONE is suppose to use their computers..

I'd love to be able to grab everyone of these guys that say crap like that and be able to look at their other opinions on stuff and point out how they are hypocrits and need to have their faces rubbed in the floor like after a puppy pooped on the carpet.
The logic is clear and if applied elsewhere makes these guys look like lunatics.
So why push the insanity (exclusively for WIN 8) ?

MORE ignorant and offensive judgmental crap from over bearing "experts"
Is there any point in trying to address a maniac and their insane verbal diarrhea ?
..kinda have to when they go out of their way to get in your face and force their opinions down your throat.

I am a big supporter of subverting Microsoft's /design/ choices but this.. just is a mess.. Seems the point of this is to prove how **** the start menu is... And at that it does a good job.

For someone serious.. I'd recommend Start8 or ClassicShell.. It depends on if some features or looks are important to you or not.

Start8 is for Windows 8 customers that want a supported product that isn't using stolen/hacked code and shims like StartIsBack does (no offense to him as he does fantastic work it just isn't quite legal) that restores functionality of the Start Panel (XP, Vista, 7 new start menu)

ClassicShell though can do a start panel like popup really is best geared for those who prefer the Classic Start Menu (win95 and up).

There really aren't that many /serious/ contenders in the game and RetroUI is differently not one of them.

Personally for me between the Start Menu, Start Panel, or Start Screen.. I will always pick the Start Menu!

-Tobin

neonspark said,
this is what happens when people set out to improve the start menu: you end up with something worse. no thanks.

hold on tight or your fall of the band wagon lol

by the way your comment is random nonsense because how do you go about improving something that doesn't exist ?

Lets just hope for your sake they don't drop you when they throw you up in the air..
gimme an I ...
gimme a D ...
gimme an I ..
gimme an O ...
gimme a Chearleader with basic intelligence lol

If you don't like Metro style or you just can't get accustomed to switching between metro and desktop mode - don't use windows 8, use windows 7 instead, you can be sure that all new features included in windows 8 are absolutely unnecessary for you, it's just Windows 7 on steroids.

jackkk1 said,
If you don't like Metro style or you just can't get accustomed to switching between metro and desktop mode - don't use windows 8, use windows 7 instead, you can be sure that all new features included in windows 8 are absolutely unnecessary for you, it's just Windows 7 on steroids.

Well said. Exactly why the business community will either never adopt Windows-8 as it currently exists or may closer to 2020 when Windows-7 support ends. (By then, something better will have been released.)

jackkk1 said,
If you don't like Metro style or you just can't get accustomed to switching between metro and desktop mode - don't use windows 8, use windows 7 instead, you can be sure that all new features included in windows 8 are absolutely unnecessary for you, it's just Windows 7 on steroids.

dude so narrow minded. I aint even going to bother going into detail since it appears you're just a troll.
But Windows 8's release made Windows 7 look like an outdated piece of crap that should be abondend faster then people abandonded vista. And thats only its technologies and improvements you dont directly see and are all behind the scenes.

jackkk1 said,
If you don't like Metro style or you just can't get accustomed to switching between metro and desktop mode - don't use windows 8, use windows 7 instead, you can be sure that all new features included in windows 8 are absolutely unnecessary for you, it's just Windows 7 on steroids.

I guess the same can be said about every other version of windows then too huh ?
Ever heard of StyleXP or WindowsBlinds ?

If people like you can't accept people customizing their OS GUI to suit their needs maybe you should MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

virtorio said,
Since when did the word Retro get redefined to mean "looks like s**t"?

It's retro in a "hey remember the first generation windowblinds themes in the 90s?" way.

Athernar said,
That looks even worse than the Start Screen, and that's saying something.

It looks even worse than KDE, and that's *really* saying something.

Thats pretty rough looking. Besides that I havent used one yet that is responsive enough for me. All these start menu programs are so laggy if you have a lot of stuff on your system.