Posts Tagged ‘Start Menu’

Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Although the official release of Windows 10 is still a long way away, it does sound like Microsoft has done a better job of thinking through the Start Menu/Start Screen issue this time.

It takes some getting used to time to get accustomed to the new start menu that Microsoft ships with its Windows 10 operating system.  While there is still enough time for changes, it is likely that they won’t be major unless feedback is predominantly negative. One of the things that you can do for instance is to remove all tiles from the start menu. That’s handy if you don’t use apps at all or don’t want them listed in the start menu.


What the Leaked Windows 9 Screenshots Reveal about the Operating System

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming version of Windows … and it looks like we might be getting the Start Menu back again.

Screenshots of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 9 leaked yesterday on the German website ComputerBase. Microsoft calls this build Windows Technical Preview and the build number is 9834 (Windows 8.1 is 9600). It’s interesting to note that the 9 is missing in the name. While that does not have to mean anything, it could mean that the operating system will be launched under a different name after all (simply Windows for instance).


Microsoft may be on a right path in regards to Windows 9

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It would help if Microsoft would start listening to what its customers say they need, instead of telling customers what they need.

When Microsoft released Windows 8 in 2012 it quickly became clear that the operating system was not performing as well as Microsoft hoped it would. Windows 8 was not a new Windows 7 sales-wise and the operating system gained usage share slowly as a consequence.


Should Microsoft Add the Start Menu Back to Windows 8?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The answer to the question depends on the user’s prospective; Tablet users would probably say, “no” while desktop and laptop users would answer with a resounding, “Yes.”

The missing start menu is without doubt one of the most controversial topics when it comes to the Windows 8 operating system. Only a few issues have caused this much controversy. If you ask me, only the two interfaces and the touch centric Start Screen are as controversial. Third-party companies started to create solutions to bring back the start menu to Windows 8, and from what little information have been released, rather successfully.


StartIsBack+ Adds Taskbar to Start Screen on Windows 8.1

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Given the many different programs out there that are designed to restore the Start Menu, I wonder if Microsoft will ever realize that removing the Start Menu might have been a bad idea in the first place?

More than a dozen different start menu programs have been created which all add a start menu back to Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Depending on which program you install, you may have access to other features that improve the usability of the operating system.


Lenovo Shipping Windows 8 PCs with Pokki’s Software Suite: Good or Bad Idea?

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Given the unpopularity of Windows 8, this seems like it might be a good idea … as long as customers are given the option to buy a straight Windows 8 PC if that’s what they want.

Windows 8 is probably not the “big hit” that Microsoft hoped the operating system would be. There is no single factor why that is the case: a declining PC market, the strong and popular Windows 7 operating system, and interface modifications all seem to play a part in this regard.


Start Menu Reviver Feels like Microsoft’s Unborn Windows 8 Start Menu

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Given the multitude of different third party programs designed to restore the Windows 8 start menu, it’s a wonder that Microsoft hasn’t released its own solution for users who miss the start menu.

Will Microsoft add a start menu to the Windows 8 operating system when Windows 8.1 comes out this year? It looks as if Microsoft is prepared to take a few steps back this time, listen to customer feedback and re-introduce features that it removed from Windows 8.


Windows 8 Start Menu Programs are Downloaded in Record Numbers

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I guess I must be old fashioned or something; it still doesn’t make sense to me that Microsoft would try to force their users to adapt to the lack of a start menu, rather than just catering to the way that most users are accustomed to using Microsoft products.

Microsoft decided to ship Windows 8 without a start menu and the main reason for that was probably to get users to use the start screen of the operating system even though Microsoft claimed it was based on telemetry data it collected. While it is certainly possible to use Windows 8 that way after some getting used to time, it is a huge change for veteran users who worked with the start menu their entire computing life.


StartW8: Another Start Menu for Windows 8

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I think this brings the total to about 15 third-party Windows 8 start menu programs, which are all designed to basically make Windows 8 feel more like Windows 7 … is it just me, or is W8 starting to look a lot like Vista?

If you can’t get enough of Windows 8 start menu applications, you may want to take a look at the recently released StartW8. The sheer amount of start menu solutions for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system suggests that there is high demand for adding a start menu back to the operating system. And why would not there? The start menu has been an integral part of Windows for a long time and its removal surely is something that confuses users who are used to having that little button siting there on the left side of the taskbar.


Toshiba’s Windows 8 Devices Will Come with Start Menu Replacement

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Given the number of third party products that are designed to restore the start menu to Windows 8, plus Toshiba’s inclusion of a start menu replacement with their new Windows PCs, it’s starting to sound like Windows 8 might have a compatibility problem; the lack of a start menu is incompatible with many Windows users.

There are more than 10 alternative start menu programs available for the Windows 8 operating system of which the majority are available for free. One could think that this in itself is overkill for an operating system that has not been released yet. It is likely that things will get sorted out eventually, that one or two popular apps rise to the top and are used by the majority of Windows 8 users who want the start menu back.