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Old 12-14-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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Here's an overview of third party start menus. http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft...08963?page=0,0

This could end up being quite a cottage industry. Not just start menu addons, but also start menu consulting, start menu classes, "Where do I start" reference cards, start menu couple counseling for divided homes, Pimp my Start Menu TV show...

Lots of money in this.

   
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More on RetroUI

I think this PDF gives a pretty good idea of what RetroUI is about. It looks like RetroUI is not simply putting back the start menu. They are trying to make a new start menu that fits into the hybrid environment.

http://retroui.com/_documents/Gettin...Pro%20v2.3.pdf

One thing annoying me is their 7 day test drive period. Not enough time.

   
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andrew: I think this PDF gives a pretty good idea of what RetroUI is about.
It's pretty slick...



>>One thing annoying me is their 7 day test drive period. Not enough time.

Might be worth emailing them to ask if they would extend your test period???

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Here's an article comparing StartIsBack to Start8.

From the author of startisback: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/1586...is-back-13rc0/

   
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The following menus seem to be the best ones.

What they do is put back a start menu, let you work with or without hot corners on the desktop, and let you jump between metro and desktop with hot spots turned off on the desktop. Here they are.

StartMenu8 is free. In addition to the above. StartMenu8 can be run like an application. So you can exit it, and it’s gone. Start it again, and it’s there. Makes it easy to run your computer either way, without having to change configurations.

StartIsBack is inexpensive. Hot keys are different from StartMenu8, as are some of the options. Can be kept from running on a per session basis by hitting hot keys as Win8 starts. Allows you to hide all non-metro apps on the metro interface. This is a nice feature if you simply want metro to be metro, and not get loaded up with desktop apps.

Start8 is inexpensive. This one has the most features. It allows running metro apps directly from the desktop menu, contained in one folder there. But you can also hide this if you want. You can also use it with either a Win7 start menu or a metro-like start menu. You can turn Start8 off and on with the command prompt.

Classic Shell is free. Unlike the others, this one puts back an XP style menu. But like Start8, you are able to run the metro apps from the start menu.

   
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