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Enabling windows 7 start menu

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  • Is the a way that I can enable the windows 7 start menu and keep the metro aswell.

    I did find a mod on my last install but using that dissabled metro and i couldnt see how to get it back so i re-installed windows

    I quite like some of the new features but I feel taking away the start menu was a big mistake

    Saturday, October 8, 2011 4:34 PM

Answers

  • Lots of options found with a search, but my favorite is http://windows8startmenu.codeplex.com/ This is a gadget that shows if you are in the windows 8 mode or old mode on the desktop, and can change with a click on the gadget. It's instant and seems very stable. You can see more about it here http://blakehandler.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/microsofts-codeplex-releases-windows-8-startmenu-gadget/
    Saturday, October 8, 2011 7:41 PM
  • Try a search. The real underlying function that these do is to change a registry setting. I've found it before, but really wanted to be able to switch back and forth easily. This is a preview and should probably be evaluated or tested against the way MS intended it to run. Making it permanent sort of defeats the purpose of preview IMHO.
    Sunday, October 9, 2011 2:23 AM

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  • Lots of options found with a search, but my favorite is http://windows8startmenu.codeplex.com/ This is a gadget that shows if you are in the windows 8 mode or old mode on the desktop, and can change with a click on the gadget. It's instant and seems very stable. You can see more about it here http://blakehandler.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/microsofts-codeplex-releases-windows-8-startmenu-gadget/
    Saturday, October 8, 2011 7:41 PM
  • Thank you for your help. I had tryed that one before but was looking for something a little more permenent im sure that will do until i find something

    Saturday, October 8, 2011 7:56 PM
  • Try a search. The real underlying function that these do is to change a registry setting. I've found it before, but really wanted to be able to switch back and forth easily. This is a preview and should probably be evaluated or tested against the way MS intended it to run. Making it permanent sort of defeats the purpose of preview IMHO.
    Sunday, October 9, 2011 2:23 AM
  • I agree with you there. I didnt want to disable the Metro UI I wanted microsoft to reconise the issue and see the benifits from having both. the desktop could easily contain the old start menu with a link within the start menu to open the Meto UI. I respect what microsoft are doing, for people who dont know their way around a computer it is probably a great improvment, but for all of us that use windows fully and understund how to get everywhere quickly should have to abbility to use both.
    Sunday, October 9, 2011 4:29 PM
  • I agree with that. If I could find a shortcut, link, whatever, to Metro from the Old (look at that, I'm calling it the old) Windows Start menu, it would be loaded on my copy :) I'm not totally adverse to leaving the Start Menu alone and just swipping the charms in to get to Metro. I figure, 9 times out of 10, if I'm going to Metro, it's because I am, or will shortly be, in Tablet mode.
    Sunday, October 9, 2011 6:34 PM