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Windows 7: History of the Start Menu - perhaps some comments?

05 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 SP1
History of the Start Menu - perhaps some comments?

Microsoft Explains Why the Start Menu Needed to Die | News & Opinion |

I don't use it much at all now apart from having a Control Panel item as I have a GodMode shortcut and use other means to open my favorite apps. I see no mention of the non-scrolling Program display which I'm sure many of us used, I did on XP, and it was a whole lot easier than the current Windows 7 set-up or the scrolling one.

ps missed this link -

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05 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3

It will not die off. It will just change what it will do thats all.
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05 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
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I occasionally use the "Start Menu Search".

I have pinned to the "Taskbar":
  • Computer Management.
  • Control Panel (with pinned Jump List entries).
  • Windows Explorer (with pinned Jump List entries).
  • Notepad++.
  • My Firefox Profile Selection batch file.
I have pinned to the "Start Menu":
  • 2 System Cleaners.
  • IE9.
  • Firefox (standard shortcut).
  • Command Prompt.
  • FreeCommander.
  • Macrium Reflect Free.
  • Regedit.
  • Run VMware Workstation and Services batch file.
  • Calculator.
  • GIMP.
  • Paint.
  • 2 media players (e.g. 1 for music & 1 for video).
  • Solitaire.
The rest of my programs are in "All Programs" (obviously) including ones that don't install and therefore don't create "Start Menu" shortcuts (which I create myself).
My "All Programs" menu has been categorised to reduce clutter (see animated gif below).


The "Start Menu" is of more use to me, than the Windows 8 Metro screen.

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 History of the Start Menu - perhaps some comments?

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