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Making Windows 8 Metro Start screen mimic the Start menu

Posted at 08 June 2012 23:19 CEST by Seán Byrne

One thing pretty clear about the upcoming Windows 8 is that Microsoft has done away with the Start menu for a touch-screen friendly app-screen similar to its latest Windows phones. While the Metro GUI may be handy for quickly getting into Apps, what about familiar Start menu items such as ‘Documents’, ‘Computer’, ‘Control Panel’ or even your frequently used mouse & keyboard friendly applications?

TechRepublic posted an interesting article showing how to make the Windows 8 Metro Start screen work like the Start Menu. Based on their article, the process starts by removing all the App tiles off the Metro Start screen apart from the ‘Desktop’ tile. These apps still exist in the “All Apps” screen, so they are not actually uninstalled. Next, the user goes into the “All Apps” and pins all the items they would use on the Start menu, such as ‘Computer’, ‘Run’, ‘Control Panel’, including applications such as ‘Word’, ‘Notepad’, ‘Calculator’ and so on. Finally, back on the Start they just need to lay the icons out, such as ‘Run’, ‘Computer, etc. on the left, their frequently used applications in another row and any Apps, etc. to the far right.

When done right, the user should be able to use the Start screen like the traditional start menu, e.g. click Start and ‘Run’ to run something, Start and ‘Control Panel’ for the control panel and so on. The catch obviously is that going to applications not pinned here is just as tedious as before with Windows 8, requiring the user to go into All Apps and find what they’re after.

Ideally, Microsoft should have kept the Start menu and used another corner for bringing up the Metro screen. For example, click at the bottom-left for the Start menu or click at the bottom-right for the Metro screen.

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rexroach
MyCE Member
Posted on: 09 Jun 12 01:29
    I can see the point off the metro interface but for people who want to actually do stuff and not just mess around, its piss poor
    Gummigutta
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 09 Jun 12 07:29
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      TechRepublic posted an interesting article showing how to make the Windows 8 Metro Start screen work like the Start Menu. Based on their article, the proce
      Seán
      Senior Administrator & Reviewer
      Posted on: 09 Jun 12 13:07
        Sorry, it should work now. For some reason WordPress requires 'http://' at the start of links, but I accidentally left it out here.
        coolcolors
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 09 Jun 12 15:18
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Seán
          One thing pretty clear about the upcoming Windows 8 is that Microsoft has done away with the Start menu for a touch-screen friendly app-screen similar to its latest Windows phones. TechRepublic has posted an interesting article showing how to make the Metro Start screen work mimic the Start Menu.
          Better yet don't use it and keep windows 7 as it the most recent working stable O/S so far. They must think alot of people are just sheep to the slaughter to make money for them rather then produce good O/S. As that already has a good working and least say Start menu that has evolved to what it is now. Might just be me but the lastest O/S is won't fix the problem now and will just add more to the confusion and problems not to mention the cost of business to go W8 when they just starting to go W7. Company nowdays are cutting cost and thinking they will go W8 - I highly doubt it.
          BradWright
          MyCE Member
          Posted on: 09 Jun 12 15:43
            Seems like an awful lot of effort. All you need to do is use the desktop view (there's a tile for it in Metro), and place a shortcut on the desktop for all the programs you use. Who really uses the start menu anyway? Everyone I know and work with uses shortcuts on the desktop to launch programs and open documents. I think people are making a huge fuss about nothing.
            AllanDeGroot
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 09 Jun 12 19:08
              THE issue is as always that someone is requiring us to seek and click additional times.

              THAT is at minimum VERY ANNOYING.

              and while you can dick around and coax windows 8 into looking like windows8

              TEMPORARILY

              I'm betting that it will keep rubber banding back to metro.

              What 8 needs is a mode where it can be LOCKED into a classic mode with a start button.

              I for one don't want to relearn everything that I've grown accustomed to
              since the release of Windows 2000

              Without this it's going to "rubber band" back to metro every restart.

              If Windows 8 is gonna be that way they can print it out on stainless steel foil, fold it so it's all sharp edges, coat it with hot sauce and shove it.
              debro
              Blown to smitherines
              Posted on: 10 Jun 12 13:17
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by AllanDeGroot
                I for one don't want to relearn everything that I've grown accustomed to
                since the release of Windows 2000
                *cough* 1995 */cough*

                I love the rubber band analogy. It's just so metro

                And M$ can bathe in vinegar afterwards

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