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  • Premier Icon MSP
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    The windows 8.1 update should be available very soon, that should give enough of the old options while taking advantage the new to not use a third party program.

    samuri
    Member

    Classic Shell is what we’ve been recommending to people who ask at work.

    http://www.classicshell.net/
    It’s more powerful than most of the others though so be careful. Had no complaints so far.

    walla24
    Member

    samuri- thank you sir!

    Loathed the start screen and now it’s gone, cracking 😀

    New laptop has Windows 8 and cant get on with the bloody app/tile icon front page. Basically what i want is to try and have a more traditional view, like windows XP or 7 (what im used to).

    Im aware of various programmes that can do this for you, any recommendations? These two look promising, but before i download one any advice would be appreciated.

    http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

    http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

    superfli
    Member

    Win8.1 update (preview) on my work machine just gave me a start button. Press start and then all the tiles are presented to you! I gave it my full 30secs attention and then installed classic shell again. Maybe you can change it to give you a start menu, but I didnt see it immediately.

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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    Yeah the 8.1 update is bollocks for anyone that wants to go back to something like the Windows 7 UI. MS clearly don’t listen, or at least don’t want to admit they completely **** it up.

    titusrider
    Member

    Thanks IA, I was looking for that 🙂

    mangatank
    Member

    Windows Key +…

    D switches between touch and desktop interfaces

    I calls up the power-down modes

    X calls up a powerful PC admin menu

    Q calls up a list of the installed apps

    W calls up a settings search

    E calls up the My Computer screen

    Remember to use Windows key + D to get back to the desktop.

    Windows 8 can be a really nice place to be if you use these shortcuts.

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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    It’s still shit even if you remember a load of shortcut keys (rather than press on oh-so-obvious icons/menus arranged in an oh-so-obvious manner like on a Start button). I still use Windows 7 myself but have the misfortune of ‘supporting’ my GF’s W8 laptop. I thought she was just being pedantic when complaining about how the whole in-built picture gallery stuff works but frig me a 4-year old could design something better.

    Premier Icon brassneck
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    Classic Shell is what we’ve been recommending to people who ask at work.

    http://www.classicshell.net/
    It’s more powerful than most of the others though so be careful. Had no complaints so far.

    Plus 1. No issues thus far.

    Premier Icon mangoridebike
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    useful – thanks muchly

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    +another for Classic Shell in fact I only “upgraded” to windows 8 as I knew I could get classic shell and a start button instead of that tile crap or I would have stayed on VISTA!

    Premier Icon Shackleton
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    Thanks to all of those who recommended classic shell. I’ve just put it on my work windows 7 box and it is the best “productivity” upgrade I’ve yet seen.

    Many thanks,

    P

    Cheers for the suggestions, will give the classic shell a go.

    Cheers for the suggestions, will give the classic shell a go.

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