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 PostPost subject: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Windows 8        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:27 pm 
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Finally appeared tool that deserves all the praise, the images speak for themselves.

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Search box work on XP skin shell :)
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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:29 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:29 pm 
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Vistart got the job done long before that and looked better, so, whats new?


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Vistart got the job done long before that and looked better, so, whats new?

I totally agree.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:36 pm 
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Looks nice, but... redundant. VIStart exists, as well as another program specifically for Windows 8 for this very purpose.

Also, your theme could use some work. Your start button is a bit... weird, and the name text is too big.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:36 pm 
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The orb button is so much uglier than original from Windows 7...


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Vistart got the job done long before that and looked better, so, whats new?

I totally agree.



Vi start doesn't support right-click on Mu Computer in self shell so...


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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:50 pm 
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soulman wrote:
ka-la wrote:
Vistart got the job done long before that and looked better, so, whats new?

I totally agree.



Vi start doesn't support right-click on Mu Computer in self shell so...

There's still better alternatives. Ones that look good.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:57 pm 
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I will try it before giving out praise or dislike. Honestly it doesn't look really good. Could use work. I will try it.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:31 pm 
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The orb button is so much uglier than original from Windows 7...

I totally agree with you.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:01 pm 
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To make the start button look cooler, here is what I suggest, use the one that DBlake created for Start8, as it works perfectly for Classic Shell.
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=24118

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:36 pm 
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I like it. Once you enable All Settings you can change lots of stuff. Play with it and change it to the way you like it. Personally I got rid of or changed a lot before I sorta liked it.
Here is the link for Start Button from Windows 7. It works just like the one from Windows 7, which is what I prefer. Don't get me wrong I liked the DP start button, but for some reason it just didn't look right. I opened the Start Menu and it just didn't look right when using the one from the DP:
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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:38 pm 
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If I'm gonna use one at all, I'll go with ViStart, because this one is ugly and I never liked the XP menu style.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:44 pm 
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evangelikevin wrote:
If I'm gonna use one at all, I'll go with ViStart, because this one is ugly and I never liked the XP menu style.

There are other settings and you change it not to look like the XP menu. I don't know why Maxtorix uploaded such terrible pictures, must be what he prefers.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:02 pm 
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I post homepage, because obviously credits are not go to me :)

However specialty of this software is CUSTOMIZABLE almost every possible option, so after some tweaks, I get this, and from my point of view is not bad,.. is not bad at all!

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Not really bad looking. Wish the Start Menu was taller. Anyway, I plan on playing around with the settings in more depth sometime soon.
Added: Here's what I finally settled on
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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:20 pm 
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This is much better than ViStart which can be buggy and installs junk you don't need by default. In general I don't really trust it as something I would use everyday. Classic Shell on the other hand is open source and distributed on Sourceforge meaning I can completely trust it.

Classic Shell has actually been updated for Windows 8 and offers a lot of customization. Now if only there were a way to boot straight into Explorer without having to load metro and click desktop I may actually upgrade to Windows 8. It has some nice non-metro features that I would like to use.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:49 am 
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This is much better than ViStart which can be buggy and installs junk you don't need by default. In general I don't really trust it as something I would use everyday. Classic Shell on the other hand is open source and distributed on Sourceforge meaning I can completely trust it.

Classic Shell has actually been updated for Windows 8 and offers a lot of customization. Now if only there were a way to boot straight into Explorer without having to load metro and click desktop I may actually upgrade to Windows 8. It has some nice non-metro features that I would like to use.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:03 am 
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What are you guys talking about? Mine has always gone straight to the desktop, it isn't suppose too? Wow.

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Not really bad looking. Wish the Start Menu was taller. Anyway, I plan on playing around with the settings in more depth sometime soon.
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Now that looks like sex right there.

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Ivo Beltchev and I started Classic Shell back in Nov. 2009 out of desperation and MS refusing to fix any issues in Windows after release. I give the ideas, test stuff and how it should work (overall User Experience) and he approves and programs them. The menu and a simple Explorer toolbar were originally created by him, so he's the developer, I was looking for exactly the same things, so I contacted him in Nov. 2009 to expand the project to support total customization and lots of more features. It reached a million downloads this month. :mrgreen:

It supports skins, so the look can be completely changed to suit you. The trick is to customize as the defaults in all three components are simple and bare minimum. It is infinitely customizable. You just have to take time to customize it once and it will always work with future versions. You can save and restore all your settings in all three components. Classic Shell's other two components, Classic Explorer and Classic IE9 are also worth checking out, they add many missing features back to Windows taken out after XP.

We did not use the Windows orb on purpose to avoid copyright/trademark issues with the Windows logo. In case you want to add the original Windows orb back instead of the Classic Shell orb, use this image: http://i.imgur.com/9tAAy.png in the Start Menu settings -> Start button tab. :)

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The Classic Shell Start Menu icon size can be adjusted to make it large enough for your fingers, so you will be surprised how well it runs on a tablet too and because of its multi-column list view style of presentation, still accomodate more programs on the screen than the Start screen.

Win key and click on the orb opens the menu, with Shift+Win or Shift+click you can set it to go to the Start Screen or configure it in reverse. The project was started because Windows Vista/7 did not offer the level of customization possible on Windows XP and programs like TweakUI.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Start Menu from XP, Vista, W7 (Classic Shell) for Window        Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:18 am 
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I'm glad because Author of the software found this topic, and he can explain everything for it.

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Can you give as xml backup file for this Menu settings?
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I'm sorry but I don't really understand how to make Start menu taller.

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That looks a lot better...


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That looks a lot better...

Way too better...

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