Discuss: Start Menu on Windows 8

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May 10, 2013 at 05:41:37
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Microsoft will roll-out a preview release of Windows 8.1 in June. Discuss here if you think Windows 8.1 will solve the UI complaints people have with Windows 8, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
May 10, 2013 at 06:07:35
I just want to reference Paul Thurrott, and specify that Microsoft has said they're bringing back the Start Button, not the Start Menu. With the new version, you'll be able to click on the lower left corner to go to the Modern (Metro) menu. But you already can, so all they're doing is adding an icon to signify that you can.

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#2
May 10, 2013 at 11:32:23
I gather they are also arranging that you can boot directly to the desktop. For folk who prefer this it is a good idea (rather than using third party programs or fiddling around in Scheduled Tasks).

I think it is a pity there was no inbuilt facility to choose desktop working for PC's, and Metro for tablets and the like. Maybe this would have boosted their sales. Running two UI's seems odd to me - often you have to select the program version for the particular UI you use/prefer.

I prefer the desktop for my PC and have found that with a bit of organization (shortcuts to icon groups) I now have less desktop icons than I had on previous systems. I don't really miss the old start menu but rarely use the new Metro one, except to access the desktop.

I only purchased Win 8 because my old computer "went bang" and I feared the worst. Eventually fixed it with some second hand hardware.


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#3
May 10, 2013 at 23:12:40
I've heard windows 8 is being called microsoft's 'new coke'. Too young to remember the 'new coke' fiasco? That was when Coke decided they needed to 'Pepsify' their formula and ended with a syrupy mess that no one liked.

As for me, I think I'll wait the recommended 5 years for MS to work out all the bugs in this new OS incarnation of theirs.

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#4
May 11, 2013 at 00:51:58
Or maybe 10 years DAVE...if either of us live that long.

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#5
May 11, 2013 at 09:18:30
Who cares? If you want a Start Menu it's easily added. Windows 8 is a great OS - much better than 7 - but the Internet seems to be full of people who can't see beyond a simple choice of UI.

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#6
May 26, 2013 at 23:26:29
how can you live without the start menu,the people at ms were out of their minds.

if i want a touch based interface ,ill stick with android x86 not some pseudo windows phone inteface

hope the new update fixes it,im dying to tryout windows 8


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#7
May 27, 2013 at 06:09:35
"how can you live without the start menu" (above).

As per my #2 for example. I'm still alive and well LOL.

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#8
May 27, 2013 at 08:52:06
everyone uses computers differently,mine is more start menu oriented

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#9
May 27, 2013 at 10:18:47
Re #8

Sure. So I either had to use the Win 8 blocks, go without, or restore the old start menu with a third party program. As it turned out, with a bit of organization my relatively minimal desktop does everything I want just fine, to the extent that I now feel better off without having the classic start menu which I used in the past. Having a blank canvas to work on did me a power of good, although it took a few stabs to get it just the way I wanted. As it is all my own work I find it easier to get my hands on stuff than I ever did - wish I'd thought of it before Win 8 forced me to.

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#10
May 27, 2013 at 10:28:14
I love how everyone who uses Win8 on traditional hardware apparently uses their desktop and task bar to implement a non-standard version of the Start Menu, for no other reason than it gives me Windows 3.1 flashbacks.

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#11
May 27, 2013 at 11:37:54
One of the main reasons why I use the desktop rather than the new start menu is you cannot tailor the size of the latter. When I want to look at pictures I prefer to see icons that show the picture but when I am file handling it is easier to see stacks of them as a list or detail. Maybe I've missed something but I am not aware of anything half as convenient as the previous arrangements. Sure I can have all small icons on the metro screen but that is still not as good as the previous flexibility.

That doesn't mean I have any need to hanker after the old Start button or Start Menu. I've always tailored my computers to suit my personal needs. With Win 8 I took that a further step and am well pleased with the result. With a smart phone you have to accept largely what is supplied out of the box, apart from your choice of apps. With a computer you don't have to do that, and can make the appearance, layout and access fit your own particular needs. You don't have to orientate yourself "totally" around what MS provides.

I don't expect folk to like the way I went about it but it seems odd that they can't arrange things to suit their own needs then enjoy.

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