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10 Nov 2012   #1

Makes Win8 tolerable, faster than 7 or default 8!

Bringing home this find from Brink's Start Menu restore thread over at Eight Forums:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
If you want an exact replica of W7 Orb/Start Menu, with ALL the functions, click: Ex7ForW8.

It requres slightly more work, as you need the W7 Installation disk to load it; but it only takes a matter of seconds to extract Explorer 7 files.

Once loaded it has a toggle switch between Explorer8/Metro and Explorer7/Orb Start Menu.

In effect you're running either Explorer 7 or 8. When using Ex7 Metro is totally gone, on boot and after boot; but only a click away if you need to access it from the active GUI.

I'm using it on Enterprise 8, and after all available updates still runs seamless. And W8 on SSD SATA3 with I5 CPU absolutely flies.
Have tried all of the rest and this is an exact replica of Win7 Start, even had all my defaults loaded after installing in 10 seconds using my 7 files off adjoining partition.

But it is much faster than either 7 or 8 normally is, due to the 8 Metro features not being loaded into RAM.

IMO with this Start menu Win8 would be nearly perfect. Now I want my gadgets back!

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10 Nov 2012   #2

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
IMO with this Start menu Win8 would be nearly perfect. Now I want my gadgets back!
Having aero/glass back would be even better. I've tried this program, it is nice. With Aero/glass I could almost see myself installing windows 8 on at least one of the PCs here.
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10 Nov 2012   #3


Found them! Same gadgets as 7, just gotta rightclick to hide the sidebar.

8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8
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10 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

So there's a silver lining to W8 after all? You can cobble together a configuration that will actually work faster than W7 or W8 stock, while still providing W7 usability? Hmmmm....
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10 Nov 2012   #5


Yes, before I had used Start7 3rd party Start screen, a registry fix to skip the Wall of Buttons and quit there because it wasn't stable. Now it's fully stable and faster than WIn7 or Win8.

SIW2 posted on EightForums that this is the Win7 explorer grafted onto 8 with a toggle switch to choose, which is why I guess it tapped into my Win7 files which it found in about 5 seconds and then finished in about 5 more seconds. What's amazing is that it brought over my start menu settings exactly as I had them from Win7 partition. I am impressed.

So now I will move over here to the Win8 partition since I can be as productive as on 7 without the button wall slamming down on my work.

I also prefer the Aero glass so will try to find a 3rd party app for that so I can finish cobbling together a productive desktop experience that's as good as the OS they are replacing.
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10 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think its about time to get the Windows 8 preview again and try this out. I've been waiting for someone to find a way to make 8 work just like 7.
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10 Nov 2012   #7


There are plenty of tips over at EightForums. This one had popped into a thread I haunted awhile back Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8

I guess I just don't get out enough, and really had no intention of using Eight until now.
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10 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I actually forgot about the 8 forums until now. I will have to take a look at them sometime.
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