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Add Start Menu In Windows 8

You will now be at a screen asking what features you would like to remove. As we only want to restore the Start Menu to Windows 8, we should remove the Classic Explorer and Classic IE9 so that it will not be installed. To do this, click on the button next to Classic Explorer and Classic IE9 and when the menu appears select Entire feature will be unavailable. When you have done this for both options, your screen should look like the following image.

Add start menu in windows 8

Now click on the Next button and then the Install button on the following screen. The setup program will now start the Classic Shell installation process. While installing, Windows will display a User Account Control prompt asking if you would like the program to make changes to your computer.

If you had upgraded Windows 8 using the Windows8-Setup.exe executable, rather than through a DVD, it can be difficult to troubleshoot your computer in the event that it is not starting properly or you cannot access the Advanced Startup Options menu. This tutorial will walk you through creating a Windows 8 DVD on another computer that can be used to troubleshoot problems starting or using Windows ...

However, on Windows 8.1, pressing the Windows Key + X pops up a menu (or right-click the Start button) provides those options right from the desktop. I no longer used the Shutdown/Restart Tiles on my Start screen, so I deleted them.

Answer: Much of Microsoft's new operating system will surprise or confuse users when they first boot into it, but its desktop's absence of a Start menu looks to be its biggest long-term annoyance.

First you flip over to Windows 8's new-look Start screen (by clicking in the bottom-left corner of the screen or with a tap of the keyboard's Windows-logo key), then you can either start typing a program's name to launch a search for it or right-click on a blank area and select an "All apps" icon to see a screen listing all of your choices. To me, and most other Windows 8 users I've heard from, that's too much of a detour.

Otherwise, you may want to install third-party software to recreate the Start menu in some form. I tried out four apps I saw recommended at the tech-help sites Lifehacker and the How-To Geek: Classic Shell, ViStart, Start8, Start Menu 8.

I agree with the writers at those two sites: Start8 (30-day free trial, then $4.99), by Plymouth, Mich.-based Stardock, is the best all-around option. It installs quickly, matches the cleaner looks of Windows 8's desktop instead of looking like some grafted-on growth and lets you prune such Start menu clutter as the "Games" and "Default Programs" links.

San Francisco-based IObit's Start Menu 8 is free and installs as quickly as Start8, but its beta status results in distracting orange "Send Feedback" button below your account picture at the top of the Start menu. It doesn't provide as many options to clean up the Start menu and leaves some clutter of its own: a desktop shortcut that did absolutely nothing on my laptop.

I'd avoid Lee-Soft's ViStart (its installer pushes unrelated third-party apps) and Ivo Beltchev's Classic Shell (it defaults to restoring a Win 95-stye Start menu, which I find vaguely horrifying). Both are are free; both will cause Windows to flash a warning about the risks of installing an unknown application, on account of their lack of a digital signature authenticating their origin.

It's possible that Microsoft will restore the Start menu on its own, so you might as well wait to pay for Start8 until that 30-day trial expires. But if the status quo still holds, $5 is a reasonable price to restore some order to your desktop. Even if you still have to tidy up all of the junk--uninstaller apps, readme files, redundant folders--that developers insist on stuffing in the Start menu's programs list.

In Notepad, create a configuration file that describes the custom tool in the Advanced startup menu. Add descriptions for each language you support. This example specifies both English and French language versions of the tool name and description:

The new toolbar, named Programs, will appear on the right side of the taskbar, immediately to the left of the notification area. Click the chevron to the right of the word Programs to bring up the menu.

The submenus are actually subfolders inside the Programs folder (and the programs are actually shortcuts). If you want to create an additional submenu, right-click the Programs toolbar and select Open Folder. Then create a new folder.

The obvious way to fix that problem is to delete those three shortcuts. But that seemed to confuse Windows, and caused problems. So, instead, create a submenu called Ignore Me, and drag those three shortcuts to that folder.

Do you think that it is time-wasting to find apps on Windows 8/8.1 computer? If you want to save the time of searching programs, you are suggested to pin them to the start menu. And this article will tell you how to pin a program to the Windows 8/8.1 start menu and illustrate the steps with photos.

One of the most significant differences between Windows 8 and all of its predecessors is the elimination of the Start button. Users could simply click and display the Start menu. Windows 8 now features a Start screen, which is just as easy to access once you know how. The Start screen enables users to pin websites and apps for easy access.

The second option is to add a third-party program that mimics the Start button. Keep in mind that these programs are not backed by Microsoft and could negate any warranties you may have, so make certain you understand all terms and conditions before installing. ViStart 8 is free and will create a Start menu that looks very similar to Windows 7 . Classic Shell is an open-source, free tool that adds the Start menu and several other older Windows features to Windows 8. Start 8 is another free tool that adds the Start button to the taskbar.

Microsoft replaced the Start menu with the new Start screen for Windows 8. The Start screen is an interactive dashboard that provides users with a plethora of information, including email notifications, weather forecasts and appointment reminders. Users can customize the Start screen to fit their day-to-day activities.