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I'm going to install Windows 8, then the Windows 8.1 update. But, I want my start button and none of this metro rubbish.

What is the best program to emulate the original Windows 7 style shell?
post #2 of 16
Start is back.
It's the exact same as the Windows 7 start menu style.
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Why not just stay with Windows 7 until they bring back the start button properly?
   
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Start is back.
It's the exact same as the Windows 7 start menu style.

Really... I thought there was going to be an update to do that, but it hadn't been released yet...

Exactly the same you say?
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Why not just stay with Windows 7 until they bring back the start button properly?

Well, some performance issues with BF4 is all. Wanted to do a clean start if possible to see if that worked... so I thought why not Windows 8...?
post #5 of 16
ClassicShell is free and looks pretty similar. It does have some slight differences but it has a whole bunch of options to configure it to your tastes and the end result of that makes me actually like it better than the original start menu of 7. It uses about 1 MB of RAM.
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Fair enough. BradleyW is correct, the proper start menu is coming back. IIRC Microsoft are bringing it back in 8.2 which should be released in the next month or two. IMO if that's what you want to do, you might as well just use the start screen until 8.2 is released. If not, you should stick with Windows 7 for a couple more months.
   
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Fair enough. BradleyW is correct, the proper start menu is coming back. IIRC Microsoft are bringing it back in 8.2 which should be released in the next month or two. IMO if that's what you want to do, you might as well just use the start screen until 8.2 is released. If not, you should stick with Windows 7 for a couple more months.

Well, guess that decided it for me. At least I have a key and ISO now...
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Here are some shots of Start is back on my system. It's just like Windows 7, with more customization options. By far the best start button for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.


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Quote:
Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

Here are some shots of Start is back on my system. It's just like Windows 7, with more customization options. By far the best start button for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
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Start is back has my vote. you get a 30 day trial as well so just go here to download it. if you like it and think windows will screw up the update to bring the start menu back. i would just spend the money on start is back. it's like $3 but soo worth it to have the start menu back. think about it. you probably spend more then $3 on lunch for a day. I put start is back on my girlfriends laptop and she couldn't be happier.

If you don't have 3$ you could always just use the 30 day trial until the update comes out.
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

Here are some shots of Start is back on my system. It's just like Windows 7, with more customization options. By far the best start button for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. ]

And you paid for it?

Interesting, I see there are two versions... one for Windows 8, the other for Windows 8.1.

I assume after installing Windows 8 I can download the 8.1 update straight away right?
Edited by 98uk - 4/17/14 at 8:38am
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