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Windows 7: Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So

09 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So

Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So

Microsoft showed off the future of Windows this week at its 2014 Build developer conference, and it looks pretty retro. In fact, it looks a lot like Windows 7.

During a tease of some possible new features in a future update, Microsoft's executive vice-president of operating systems Terry Myerson revealed a tool that users will recognize from previous versions of Windows: a Start menu.

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09 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit

Hope they add this soon. This is the one of my big reasons why I didn't want to update to Win8, and so it is for many others.
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10 Apr 2014   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Multiprocessor Service Pack 1

IF they remove the UI and adds the Start's Menu + Button i might use win 8 again :)
Btw for the VN sake i am keeping win 7 :3
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10 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1

Is Microsoft coming back to their senses now? It's nice they're resurrecting the start menu. I hope it's a real one this time and not a fake start button.
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10 Apr 2014   #5

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
It's the same type of question as "Is the Pope Catholic".

Windows 8 Technologically might be considered some sort of progress but in any realistic terms the answer to your question must be a RESOUNDING YES -- a total Marketing DISASTER.

Windows 8.1 repairs the damage a little -- Not everybody is "Tablet-centric" - and even if they do graduate to more powerful mobile devices people will STILL want to connect keyboards / mice / externals cards etc to them and perform "Classical computing tasks".

OK when actually on a train now most people seem to use tablets rather than laptops --but you still see some laptop users. The tablet users are generally watching movies . social media "chatting"or surfing the net -- those devices fine for that purpose but totally unsuited for what one might call "real computing" -- and once you attach a keyboard and mouse to a tablet it essentially IS a PC and needs a PC operating system.

So in short the answer is a RESOUNDING YES

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10 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

I think 8.0 should have been the Preview and 8.1 the actual final official release. I wasn't happy with 8.0 but I do like what they did in 8.1. The just released Update made it even better IMHO. I'm not sure I'd use the Start Menu as shown above. I'll reserve judgment until I can actually get a hands on. I do use the Start Screen, and don't use any third party programs to resurrect the old Start Menu. I don't miss it at all. YMMV.
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10 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64

This is great news for me! I feel like a total incompetent when I sit down in front of a client's Win 8 machine. So many of my moves are unconscious at this point that I keep finding myself in places I never intended to go and then it takes several steps to get out. I've just received an End of Life extension!

Just goes to show that Microsoft does listen.....when it affects the bottom line.
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10 Apr 2014   #8

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

With boot directly to desktop (default in 8.1 update 1, in base 8.1 you have to configure it) and using a custom toolbar I just load a file (My progs) which generates a cascading menu to as many levels or as few as you like -- you don't need any 3rd party apps - and if you restore your system / re-install it you simply create a custom toolbar again with the "My progs" file.

I don't need the full blown W7 type of menu but it's still nice to have a 100% customable user menu -- screenshot enc

I wouldn't use the original menu again - but I do like toolbars.


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10 Apr 2014   #9

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86

Thank you gladson1976 the start menu with text and tiles looks very good, maybe some at M$ are in touch with reality :)
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10 Apr 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).

Here's a pic of my Win 8 CP running the same toolbar/menu setup as Jimbo demonstrated above.

It works in both Win 8 and Win 8.1 so if you don't like Metro, and don't want a 3rd-party start menu, this is a great alternative. And it's already in there, so all you need do is enable it.

And, as shown, you can easily pin Metro apps to it if desired, as well as 'desktop' programs.

To enable it: Right-click on the taskbar (unlock it first) then select Toolbars>New. Now drill down through C:>ProgramData>Microsoft>Windows>Start Menu. Highlight (but do not open) the Programs folder, then click Select. Go back to the taskbar and move the launcher to where you want it, then re-lock the taskbar.


You now have a fast, simple fly-out Start menu. Enjoy!


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