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Windows 7: Replacing start menu with custom menu screen?

21 Jan 2016   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Replacing start menu with custom menu screen?

Hey everyone,

Does anyone know if it is possible to get a full screen menu screen instead of the standard windows start menu?

I want something similar to the linux gnome menu screen whenever I press my windows key.
I've already posted this question on the rainmeters forum but I think I should be looking for some sort of shell extension or possibly program it myself in .NET (any pointers on where to start? I have limited knowledge of .NET I suppose I should be looking at the windows API code pack...) or if it already exists some sort of third party application that does something similar so I can customize it to look like gnome.

My idea is to have something like this when I press my windows key:

It should have the standard start menu search function implemented.
I've already tried the omnimo rainmeter skin but this doesn't allow for setting the hotkey to the windows key nor does it have the standard start menu search functions implemented.

I should also disable the standard start menu when I press the windows hotkey.

Any ideas?

EDIT: I've started working on a c# .NET application. I'm trying to get it to work the way I want it to.
I have limited experience in c# so I'm learning along the way. So far I've got a blurred radial gradient screen to show up when pressing the windows key and disabling the start menu.

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