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Discuss: Start Button and Windows 8.2

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December 13, 2013 at 05:41:01
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Microsoft may bring back the full Start Menu in Windows 8.2. Discuss here why you think this about-face took so long, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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December 13, 2013 at 12:59:56
I think that MS were hell bent on forcing everyone towards tablet working and it backfired. They are now starting to realise that they are losing the PC/Office market.
In my view both options should have been available from the outset, which would have avoided Windows 8 getting such bad press. They asked for it and they got it.

Having said that, on my Win 8 PC I've worked my way around not having the old style start menu and don't miss it one bit. If/when this option arrives I will have to think carefully about whether I even want to bother with it.

Win 8.1 gave me the option to start with the desktop but I'm quite happy to start with Metro. It's not that I love Metro so much but having put all my favourite options onto the left side of the window, it gives me a single click to them as a jumping off points. It invariably ends back on the desktop because of my program choices - mostly I then stay there. If I want to start on the desktop it's only one mouse click away.

I can understand computer challenged folk not liking Win 8. For the others (who know about files, folders, shortcuts, etc) it's just another computer. The basics haven't really changed since Windows 95.

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December 13, 2013 at 16:13:18
I'm with Derek here, I have adjusted to the Win 8 system by working with it instead of against it. I upgraded to 8.1 and chose to boot straight into the desktop. If I need installed programmes I click on the bottom left corner for the menu in Metro which takes no more effort than clicking "My Computer" in Win 7. If MS does provide the "new" Startup Menu as an upgrade or update I will also have to think carefully about using it.

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December 13, 2013 at 20:17:10
Win8.0 + Win8.1 = less than 10% of the worldwide market share. That's not good considering it debuted over a year ago. M$ had better come up with an appropriate fix AND promote the hell out of it before Win8 gets lumped in with the failures Millennium & Vista.

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December 13, 2013 at 22:07:02
It's kinda funny--they go to all the trouble and expense to write a whole new operating system and then can't get the START button right.

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December 14, 2013 at 07:24:01
Re #4

Even more funny is the likelihood that the bulk of the start menu software has probably always been there in Win 8 but MS were too pig headed to allow the option. Like I said, I don't miss it at all but whatever happened to the concept of providing what the majority of the punters want? They could have still made Metro the default.

A good example is the Control Panel. Maybe I'm weird but reading a load of words (that go to other words) when I want to do a simple task is a "turn off". All I had to do with that is switch to classic and get back the direct icons. That's all they had to do with the start menu.

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December 14, 2013 at 08:48:38
I thought it had been discussed and that is why it's back;)

Just another rush to market by a company that brought us inbetween O/S's in the rush (Vista and ME to name 2). Windows 8 could have been an optional update to Windows 7 for tablet and touchpad users, but no, it was packaged as the New O/S, and taken to market. As per usual we need wait for SP1 before things begin function fluidly and for changes to be implemented based more on reaction than more carefully testing and marketing the product before launch.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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December 14, 2013 at 09:20:31
I have seen 8 but am not using it. Nor am I likely to as long as I can run the software (games etc) under 7 that I want to.

Considering I'm a computer geek and like the start menu, I'd have never bought 8 willingly without it. Sure you can learn to like 8 and learn to work around the pad/smartphone interface but I'm not interested in doing so. I suspect the vast majority of geeks like me aren't either juding by the fact that it's not selling like previous versions (excluding of course the two Edsel's, ME and Vista) have and the fact that they're now talking about putting it back.

Personally, unless forced to (not likely) I'm about done with giving MS my money. The don't listen, they rush their OS's out the door in most cases before they have a decent libarary of drivers and they tried to force us into using the smartphone/pad interface without even bothering to ask did we want it.

I'll keep my XP and 7 rigs for gaming but my next big computer purchase will likely be running a flavor or Unix or maybe Linux.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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December 14, 2013 at 12:53:07
I'll admit I missed the old style Start Menu at first but having organised things "my way" I now like what I have better than anything I had before. I think it is because I am no longer following what MS laid before me and have come up with what suits me better.

Sure, I could have done the same thing way back on previous Windows systems, so paradoxically what were arguably MS deficiencies gave me the incentive. I now have less icons on my desktop than I have ever had and it's great. It was just a sorting and grouping job really - took a few stabs to find the best arrangement but it was worth the effort.

I find Win 8 fast and reliable, although the speed is probably a lot to do with hardware improvements which seem to be moving at a higher rate than operating systems.

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December 16, 2013 at 15:54:31
I bought a new laptop a few months ago and it came with Windows 8. I didn't like it one bit so I installed Start8 from Stardock and it works great. I have the exact look & feel of Windows 7. Windows 8 seems very stable and I haven't had any issues with it.

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December 16, 2013 at 16:10:52
Beta testers are often geeks. MS should have tried Win 8 on ordinary Joe public then listened to their feedback. It now has a bad name which probably means it could be doomed whatever MS now do to it. Norton never got over their "bloated" name despite now marketing a much lighter and better product.

In a way it is a great pity. Folk compare it with Windows ME and Vista but those systems had real issues. Win 8 runs as sweet as a nut and also has some good features. If they move promptly to Win 9 anyone who had need to purchase Win 8 in the interim will probably get left out in the cold with a short support cycle.

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