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Windows 7: Classic Start Menu

19 May 2009   #31
ArrogantPowerUser

Windows 7
 
 

Customization of the menu is wonderful, the start menu responds to the keyboard, if you group your most-used icons into a folder you can use Intellisense to get to any of them. No way anything is faster, only thing is theres only 5 people on the planet who ever customized their start menu, and we all hate the OS in Mac and Linux even more than the default UI in Windows.


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20 May 2009   #32
PiDicus Rex

95, 98, XP Home, XP Pro, XP Pro x64, Win7
 
 

Da,..

Dead easy to customise, either by dragging the shortcuts around to where they were most useful, or going thru the advanced button on the startmenu tab in the taskbar properties and clicking 'customise'.

A mate has heard that the 95/98 Classic Start Menu will be back for the RTM, as the sheer volume of corporate (industrial) clients requesting it has made it's permanent removal an OS killer.
- These are the sort of clients who use the OS on base spec 'puters used for 'machine control' tasks, such as running printing presses, industrial robots,... basically tasks where you need 100% reliability, and need the interface to remain constant for process workers to be able to continue running industry specific applications - places where downtime cost enough money for lawyers to be interested in recovering losses from Microsoft.
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20 May 2009   #33
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

using the search function of the new start menu is great if you know exactly what you're looking for. and it's easy remember things like 'word' and 'photoshop' and 'fireofox'. (of course, if you launch those all the time, you should have hotkeys for them anyway...)

but if you have a ton of apps, and you don't remember exactly what that one obscure video converter is called (think avidemux or tmpgenc), it is easier to click start-video-tools and have a look around.

i hope the classic start menu comes back. i wouldn't miss the search bit. i don't index anything. and if i want that functionality, i'm better off using Launchy or Executor or FARR than the start menu...
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02 Jun 2009   #34
Vendormu

Windows 7
 
 
Classic Start Menu for Windows 7

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02 Jun 2009   #35
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vendormu View Post
$30??

wow, i hope nobody wants a classic start menu that bad.
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02 Jun 2009   #36
Generator

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

Not sure I'd call the earlier solutions the 'Classic Start-Menu', yes there all a good effort but its more than just how it looks. I'm not dis-respecting anyone either, just my opinion.

As for forking out $30 to buy yet another 'copy' of it.. Well, thats just it, its still not the real deal. I bet there's still certain things that won't work as it would on the 'Classic' one.

I for one don't mind Seven's Startmenu at all. yes it used to freeze in earlier editions for me but it does what I ask and I know its fully integrated with the OS in every sense.
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16 Sep 2009   #37
jocelyn

XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garbanzo View Post
using the search function of the new start menu is great if you know exactly what you're looking for. and it's easy remember things like 'word' and 'photoshop' and 'fireofox'. (of course, if you launch those all the time, you should have hotkeys for them anyway...)

but if you have a ton of apps, and you don't remember exactly what that one obscure video converter is called (think avidemux or tmpgenc), it is easier to click start-video-tools and have a look around.

i hope the classic start menu comes back. i wouldn't miss the search bit. i don't index anything. and if i want that functionality, i'm better off using Launchy or Executor or FARR than the start menu...
Good point, Garbanzo.

Another way is to try DIY Program Launcher.
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16 Sep 2009   #38
Max128

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garbanzo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vendormu View Post
$30??

wow, i hope nobody wants a classic start menu that bad.
should have a patch but nothing to date
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16 Sep 2009   #39
driecken

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seems easier to just scroll and point with the current setup, at least from my view.
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11 Nov 2009   #40
Woland

7 pro
 
 

Now is there any way to get the new start menu with the search option and all, but have the "all programs" open up a whole menu like it did in the previous start menus?

It seems the major disagreement is fully classic mode with no shortcuts and no search vs the new start menu with the search, and the resent icons, and the weird program browser, where you have to click and scroll through all your programs to find what you want.


Is there an in between start menu, so to speak. Just like the non classic start menu in the previous versions
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