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I'm thinking of switching over to Windows 8 soon (finally). I need a clean install so I might as well. biggrin.gif

I've used W8 a fair bit on relatives' computers that I've setup and I would really like to just get rid of all the silly Metro (or Modern UI) elements, as well as bringing back standard W7 features such as the start menu.

There's so many different programs out there, I don't really know where to start. I don't mind whether they are paid or free, as long as they aren't extortionately expensive!

Any recommendations/experiences are welcomed and appreciated! Cheers guys. thumb.gif
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nothing, you just don't use metro apps. unpin everything from "metro menu" and then pin all the programs that you want.
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i use start 8 just feels like windows 7.haven't seen any apps or metro since i installed months ago.
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My personal cure for Windows 8 is Stardock Start8 (Yes, I know there are free alternatives, I love start8 thumb.gif), the un-installation of metro apps, and this UAC fix, so you don't have to run things as an administrator, and everything runs properly.
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

nothing, you just don't use metro apps. unpin everything from "metro menu" and then pin all the programs that you want.
I know they added the Metro Menu but I find it too cumbersome.

Start8 looks great. Anyone have any opinions on StartIsBack? Apparently it uses the actual Windows 7 start menu that is still contained within W8 files, meaning it doesn't run as a service like Start8 does.
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post #6 of 15
I think the main appeal of StartisBack is the fact that it doesn't run as a service

There's stuff like ClassicShell, StartW8, Power8, Pokki , Start Menu 8 , etc.
Edited by AlphaC - 3/24/14 at 6:15pm
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Another vote for Pokki, takes a bit of configuring, but once you got it goin, it's a pretty eye catching start menu that actually makes sense
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Originally Posted by twerk View Post

I'm thinking of switching over to Windows 8 soon (finally). I need a clean install so I might as well. biggrin.gif

I've used W8 a fair bit on relatives' computers that I've setup and I would really like to just get rid of all the silly Metro (or Modern UI) elements, as well as bringing back standard W7 features such as the start menu.

There's so many different programs out there, I don't really know where to start. I don't mind whether they are paid or free, as long as they aren't extortionately expensive!

Any recommendations/experiences are welcomed and appreciated! Cheers guys. thumb.gif

Check out some of the suggestions given in this thread. I like the ones that Blocklike & Coreda mentioned.
post #9 of 15
I feel like Classic Shell is the easiest way, I've used it on almost everyone of my friends relatives who've complained about win 8 and their immediate response is...ITS THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE (or suppose to be or something similar) looks/feels like win 7 to them

personally I dont use anything I'm a keyboard shortcut guy so I just mostly use keyboard short cuts to do whatever is needed and avoid metro...disabling UAC actually means that things refuse to open in Metro apps biggrin.gif
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I think the main appeal of StartisBack is the fact that it doesn't run as a service

There's stuff like ClassicShell, StartW8, Power8, Pokki , Start Menu 8 , etc.

    Classic Shell (my favorite) also doesn't run as a service as long as you choose not to install its updater.  It does run as a startup process though, to create a thread in any new Explorer process.
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