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Windows 7: How to make Start Menu look like XP's


13 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How to make Start Menu look like XP's

Is there a way to make Windows 7 startmenu look like Windows XP's without losing functionality? With the tab on top? see pic John



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13 Apr 2010   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

The quick answer is yes.

The complete answers requires a 3rd party program and I've forgotten the name thereof but I'm sure somebody here knows it.

Actually, I tried it out and decided that I preferred the Windows 7 approach.
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13 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Ahh yes, let me look up the tutorial, I just made it a few days ago...


Not only does this include a method by which to change your start menu to one very similar to the XP start w/out losing any functionality but it also includes changes to remove aero, visual effects, replace the quick launch, replace desktop icons and more.

Convert to Windows XP Style
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13 Apr 2010   #4
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

If all you want is to change the title of the Windows 7 menu to look like XP, I don't think that's possible, even with a custom theme. The layout is just too different.

There are several tools that let you get the classic start menu on Windows 7. I recommend my own creation Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/index.html

Classic Shell has a skin that makes it similar to the XP start menu, but there are some key differences (like no recent programs, no pinned programs, and no shutdown buttons at the bottom). Check out the XP Luna skin here: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/gallery.html#menu

But since one of your requirements is "without losing functionality", you probably don't want to lose the search. I'm aware of only one tool that has search: http://www.classicstartmenu.com/index.html. It is not free though.
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13 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
All's I wanted was...

Is there to put the tab on the top of the startmenu? John
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14 Apr 2010   #6
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Try this : Luna port to Windows 7 -Aero- by ~Satukoro on deviantART
It looks like
How to make Start Menu look like XP's-luna_port_to_windows_7__aero__by_satukoro.jpg
Pic source is deviantart.


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14 Apr 2010   #7

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
OMG

We had Windows XP and we wanted to look like Vista or Windows 7, now we have Windows 7 and want to look like Windows XP. Just for fun of it could anyone make theme to make look Windows 7 like Windows 95???
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14 Apr 2010   #8

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
If all you want is to change the title of the Windows 7 menu to look like XP, I don't think that's possible, even with a custom theme. The layout is just too different.

There are several tools that let you get the classic start menu on Windows 7. I recommend my own creation Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/index.html

Classic Shell has a skin that makes it similar to the XP start menu, but there are some key differences (like no recent programs, no pinned programs, and no shutdown buttons at the bottom). Check out the XP Luna skin here: Classic Shell: Gallery

But since one of your requirements is "without losing functionality", you probably don't want to lose the search. I'm aware of only one tool that has search: Windows 7 Classic Start Menu. It is not free though.
Actually, CSMenu has a search bar and everything. I linked to it in my tutorial. Most of the programs you linked to aren't what he asked for and/or you have to pay for them.

I suggest you just follow the tutorial I posted, you can add a theme as well if you like.

Convert to Windows XP Style

How to add your start menu tab:

If all you want is the start menu modification with the tab:


* Download CSMenu & StartKiller
* Install & Index CSMenu then Log Off & Back On
* Start Menu > Right Click on “Show CSMenu” shortcut > “Pin to Taskbar”.
* You should now see two start menu buttons (CSMenu is a bit smaller).
* If you wish to keep both buttons, skip to the next Windows XP conversion. Otherwise:
* Run the StartKiller.exe file, will auto-start after install.
* Now only CSMenu is there.
* To be certain StartKiller runs every time you run Windows: Right Click > Properties > Load on system start-up
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14 Apr 2010   #9
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mindinka View Post
We had Windows XP and we wanted to look like Vista or Windows 7, now we have Windows 7 and want to look like Windows XP. Just for fun of it could anyone make theme to make look Windows 7 like Windows 95???
Not 95, but 98 ! Check it out
Plus98 For Windows 7 by ~AnsonSterling on deviantART
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15 Apr 2010   #10
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
Actually, CSMenu has a search bar and everything. I linked to it in my tutorial. Most of the programs you linked to aren't what he asked for and/or you have to pay for them.
Hmm...

Looks like the program you link to is the same as the one in my post. Until few months ago CSMenu and Classic Start Menu were two separate applications. CSMenu was free, didn't have search, and very old versions of it did require StartKiller (not anymore). Classic Start Menu is not free ($20), DOES have search, and has never needed StartKiller. So please update your tutorial by removing the StartKiller part. No start menu application requires it anymore.

Last year the original developer of CSMenu abandoned the project and the author of Classic Start Menu took over and offered it as a free alternative to his paid software. But it looks like CSMenu can't be downloaded anymore. All links now point to the paid software. I don't know if this is temporarily broken, or done on purpose. Maybe he is trying to rename the paid software to CSMenu (it is a catchy name). Either way, it is not a big loss because CSMenu was never that good to begin with. There were many complaints about bugs (see here: CSMenu | Google Groups) and the (new) author hasn't done anything to fix them.

So if you need search (and have 20 bucks) get Classic Start Menu (it may be officially called CSMenu now).
If you don't need the search, get one of these free applications:
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/index.html
http://usuarios.multimania.es/coreaf...nstartmenu.htm
http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html (by the same author as Classic Start Menu we are discussing)
http://www.sevenclassicstart.com/ (this one is NOT FREE, but I include it for completeness)
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