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[Stardock] Start8: Bringing back the Windows® “Start” menu

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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available and has taken the Windows interface to a whole new level. Unfortunately, the preview did not come with a desktop feature that the world makes use of billions times a day, the “Start” menu. Luckily, we have a solution!

Start8 brings the “Start” menu back to Windows 8. This product is free and is available now! Enter your email address below to receive a download link.

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Sweet! Even though I do not use my Windows 8 Consumer tongue.gif
     
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definitely much better than going through the whole thing with ViStart. though i do wish you could choose between what this gives you and a more W7 looking menu
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Personally I don't see any benefit of Windows 8 over 7 and the interface is not the desktop I prefer. I don't own a Windows Mobile phone or tablet and doesn't offer me any incentive to switch otherwise.

I skipped Vista (so glad I did) and waited with XP until Windows 7 came out. Looks like I'm going to skip Windows 8 after consumer feed back brings back what works and not try to fix something that's not broke. With support not ending for Windows 7 for quite some time, it will have to be ground breaking performance gains in the OS that would make me switch. I'm happy with the polished interface of Windows 7 currently.
     
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Personally I don't see any benefit of Windows 8 over 7 and the interface is not the desktop I prefer. I don't own a Windows Mobile phone or tablet and doesn't offer me any incentive to switch otherwise.
I skipped Vista (so glad I did) and waited with XP until Windows 7 came out. Looks like I'm going to skip Windows 8 after consumer feed back brings back what works and not try to fix something that's not broke. With support not ending for Windows 7 for quite some time, it will have to be ground breaking performance gains in the OS that would make me switch. I'm happy with the polished interface of Windows 7 currently.

I don't know why everyone trashes vista, it was just a slower version of windows 7 with poor driver support at launch. The only problems I had is when I was still rocking the FX57 with 3 GB of ram it ran kind of slow on that rig. With windows 8 I do like the task manager, but they made it impossible to use anything. The funny thing is I think they took a step backwards because the dev preview was better than the consumer preview. You have to shove the mouse into the corner of the screen to bring up the convoluted links to everything, and full screen slow app start up is great too. Honestly they made windows hard to use, in 7 if there was something hard to find just use the search bar, but maybe I'm just doing it wrong.
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I don't know why everyone trashes vista, it was just a slower version of windows 7 with poor driver support at launch..

I think you just answered your own question. What's considered cheap hardware today is significantly faster than cheap hardware at the time of Vista's launch. Where 2GB ram is the minimum now, back then you still had 512MB systems being sold. So saying it's slower than Win7 kinda glosses over how bad it really was.

Heck it even had stupid annoyances like needing permission for Windows to run it own programs! Now figure in how easy it was to crash the darn thing (remember the rampart reports of "black screen, flashing cursor"?) and that pretty much justifies all the Vista hate.
    
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If it's free and my "personal information will never be sold to another company" then why don't they just put a regular link instead of asking for an email?
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If it's free and my "personal information will never be sold to another company" then why don't they just put a regular link instead of asking for an email?

They probably want to see how many Unique users download it.

im sure they'll probably also use it to send you ads for their stuff too though.......rolleyes.gif
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I think you just answered your own question. What's considered cheap hardware today is significantly faster than cheap hardware at the time of Vista's launch. Where 2GB ram is the minimum now, back then you still had 512MB systems being sold. So saying it's slower than Win7 kinda glosses over how bad it really was.
Heck it even had stupid annoyances like needing permission for Windows to run it own programs! Now figure in how easy it was to crash the darn thing (remember the rampart reports of "black screen, flashing cursor"?) and that pretty much justifies all the Vista hate.

Most of Vista's issues were on retail systems which were loaded with very poorly written crapware loaded on them.
I ran vista on a P4 pc with 1Gb of ram and a network adapter driver for Windows xp. I had to use a standard PCI driver for the AGP port because it was a SIS 660 adapter that didn't have a proper driver (caused artifacting on games). after all that it worked just fine. no crashing issues, and it wasnt slow
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