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Windows 8: Start button returns

By on March 1, 2012 4:30:11 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Here’s what we’ve put together in 24 hours:

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So if Microsoft doesn’t restore the Windows 8 desktop to being able to work without jumping back and forth between it and Metro, we’ll do it.

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Obviously we can improve on this but we’ll see how much Microsoft fixes things up before we invest too much time on this. Comment here if you think you’d be interested in something like this.  As the Windows 8 beta evolves, we can start to look at what sorts of usability things need to be addressed and put together something more comprehensive.

Update: GO HERE to get it: http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

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March 1, 2012 3:58:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Brad you da man!!

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March 1, 2012 4:07:04 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Well not  me, Neil's team (Object Desktop).

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March 1, 2012 4:13:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Some kickass intuitive people around here !

Wincustomize shall live on.

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March 1, 2012 4:17:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The button is of course skinnable...

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March 1, 2012 4:18:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,
The button is of course skinnable...

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March 1, 2012 4:19:02 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Yay! Knew it wouldn't take you guys long!

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March 1, 2012 4:19:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

So how much? 

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March 1, 2012 4:35:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Frogboy,
Well not  me, Neil is (WindowBlinds lead).

The combined effort of Stardock makes the acronym P.C. acttually mean what it says Personal!

Quoting Neil Banfield,
The button is of course skinnable...

And of course Neil Your The Man as well thanks for all you do!

 

On a side note I understand Microsofts direction but I feel a loss of focus on a true OS "like we have known so far" could be a huge step back so many of us still need a "True Desktop"!

 

 

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March 1, 2012 4:36:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yes! SD always showed MS that there's another way. Congrats to Neil's team: "Bravo!".

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March 1, 2012 4:40:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Take a look at the Gnome UI, Neil. You might get inspired.

 

I like what you've done. And if you can make that skinnable...then I'm all for it.

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March 1, 2012 4:45:47 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

What took Neil so damn long?

Well, as for suggestions: Metro 'windows' (with the 's') would be nice, I suppose. 

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March 1, 2012 4:59:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

FANTASTIC !! Now that's more of what I had in mind. You folks are the BEST !!

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March 1, 2012 5:04:37 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Yes , I agree there many of us that are still going to need the "true desktop" and may not be using the apps that are going to be focused on the Metro UI.   Glad to see you guys are working on a solution!!   Not having the traditional easy accessible start button was one of the first things that annoyed me, esp when I needed to reboot and it took me much wasted  time figuring out how to do it.

 

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March 1, 2012 5:04:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Once again Team Stardock shows MS what fer!

You rock guys!!

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March 1, 2012 5:05:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Way to go Stardock!

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March 1, 2012 5:24:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I believe this is way so many of the community members stay with Stardock, Brad and his folks really do try to make Windows a better OS. 

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March 1, 2012 5:32:37 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Anyone who has been messing with Win8, can you answer two questions?
Can metro be disabled? And does the Win8 desktop retain all functionality from Win7? (gadgets, right click menu's, use of docks, to name a few)

thanks.

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March 1, 2012 5:35:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Wow that was fast! I booted into Win8 Customer Review one time early this morning. After reading Brad's post and subsequent comments I was smh. Maybe there's hope after all. 

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March 1, 2012 5:37:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Neil, You Da Man!!! 

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March 1, 2012 6:27:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,
The button is of course skinnable...

I want your children.....

 

[OK, enough of discussing odd eating habits]....

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March 1, 2012 6:28:58 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Anyone who has been messing with Win8, can you answer two questions?
Can metro be disabled? And does the Win8 desktop retain all functionality from Win7? (gadgets, right click menu's, use of docks, to name a few)

No and No.

Right now, Windows 8 treats the desktop a lot like how Windows treated DOS. It's a box you can go back to. But you're "supposed" to live in Metro. The desktop is designed for legacy apps.

The problem is, Metro doesn't make a lot of sense for desktop use in its current incarnation where everything MUST BE FULL SCREEN NO MATTER HOW TRIVIAL. With Metro, it's not Windows. It's Window.

(incidentally, I don't have a problem with Metro as a tablet OS, but as a desktop OS? insane).

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March 1, 2012 6:44:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great to see some alternatives being developed.

I'd give it two thumbs up, were it not that one of them was digested by my tractor a couple years ago.  

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March 1, 2012 7:54:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

That looks good! But I will stay with my win 7 as long as possible Windows 8 is more for consuming...

But wouldn't it be cooler to have a complete selfmade start menu that is customizeable? So you just have a quick icon, that opens a menu. And for having it open real quick just let it run in the background (may access the options through an icon in the system bar), while clicking the icon once in the quick bar, just brings the software/menu to the foreground. Just my two cents

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March 1, 2012 10:10:06 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Comment here if you think you’d be interested in something like this.
If, through some strange turn of events, Windows 8 becomes good enough that I actually use it or somehow circumstances force me to use it despite my considerable desire to not do so, and Microsoft hasn't added this functionality natively by launch, then I would consider this to be essential. But by preference I will just continue using Windows 7 and if I were to upgrade then I'd upgrade to some form of GNU/Linux.

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March 1, 2012 11:58:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I think, there will be some need for this. Great !

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