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Windows 7: what is best free "start8" type prog that will boot to desktop in win8

04 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
what is best free "start8" type prog that will boot to desktop in win8

Start8 isnt free but provides a win 7 start menu/button and boots directly to desktop

classic shell provides only the start menu for free

can anyone tell me the best/good FREE program that does what start8 does....?

thanks

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04 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You may want to hold off until the Win 8.1 update, due next week, is installed. Its supposed to add more "desktop" functionality.

However, I have Start8. $4.95 didn't break the bank.
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05 Apr 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

8.1 update has been available for free via the windows store/updates.... it adds "boot to desktop" function which will work well with classic shell but not everyone has 8.1 (this is for customers coming into store with 8 wanting 7 functionality as they hate 8 and its start screen)

cant update to 8.1 either (take forever on our dial-up like internet)...just for quick fix
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05 Apr 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It is supposed to be brought back after the Win 8.1 update through a later Windows update.
Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back | The Verge

Until then there's only Classic shell and Start 8.
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05 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I am not talking about the Windows 8 to 8.1 Update that was issued a couple of months ago, I am talking about a new "update" to Windows 8.1 that is supposed to be available on "patch Tuesday" this month.

One of the new, reported, features is it will automatically boot to the Desktop if it does not detect a touch sensitive screen.
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05 Apr 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Right, I wasn't either Jack.

Quote:
A major Windows 8.1 update is coming later this month, but neither of the new features will make it into that refresh. Instead it says they'll come as part of a "future update" of Windows later this year.
http://www.eightforums.com/windows-8...tml#post364629
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05 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I didn't see that post. What I saw was a blog from Windows Secrets.
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05 Apr 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

MS isn't making it easy to understand things.
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05 Apr 2014   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Shawn has some other alternatives too.
Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8
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06 Apr 2014   #10

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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