Awesome! StartMenu8 from IObit

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  1. Kaido

    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Link:

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

    1. Free
    2. Adds normal start menu icon
    3. Ability to skip Metro GUI & boot directly to desktop
    4. Ability to disable hot corners

    Screenshot of the main settings page:

    http://i.imgur.com/gvmHJzZ.jpg

    Using it in my VM right now, works super awesome! Finally a start menu replacement I actually like! :awe:
     
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    Anubis No Lifer

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    marked.

    i picked up win8 on neweggs deal, this will be useful whenever i get around to installing it
     
  4. Kaido

    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Other than that, it's pretty similar to Windows 7. Still building my install checklist, but -

    IObit StartMenu8 (defaults, plus disable hot corners)
    IE default homepage (google.com)
    Disable sounds & startup sound
    Disable UAC
    Disable Action Center messages
    Power options
    Never check for updates

    My next crop of Windows 8 laptops are showing up in a couple weeks, so I'm actually looking forward to getting them setup now that I have a nice GUI tool to fix my complaints!
     
  5. bibletoter

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    These options ought to have been stock in Win8.
     
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    Thanks for the link. Do these replacement programs use a lot of system resources or cause stability issues?
     
  7. Kaido

    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Mine's running fine in my test VM, no crashes or anything fwiw.
     
  8. kn51

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    So how does this compare against Start8 and StartIsBack?

    Not that $5 or $3 is going to break the bank but free is free and on re-installs becomes simpler not having to look for a key.
     
  9. Kaido

    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Out of all the ones I've tried, I like this one the best. It looks like a stock part of Windows 8. Nice graphics, lets you boot directly to the desktop, and lets you turn off hot corners. At first blush, this makes me comfortable enough with Windows 8 to deploy it in a corporate environment, because you don't have to train people on a new interface. I give it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
  10. kn51

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    Thanks. I've been testing 8 on my own system here at work out of a few hundred. Tried the alternatives to make it feel like 7 as much as possible. Only real issues I've spotted are kicking back to metro on the odd file types.

    Also having issue with GPOs not applying. Not sure if I need to do a schema update to my 2008 domain. Anyways, that question is beyond the scope of this thread.
     
  11. Kaido

    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Yeah, I've even had local stuff not stick, like viewing the Control Panel as small icons. Pops right back to the default view. A few more service packs and we'll get there :biggrin:
     
  12. sm625

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    Wow that sounds scary. How does that work?
     
  13. kn51

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    Well, hard to explain. Guess the behavior is different is how I would describe it. Say you have a file you know is a text file but has an extension of .cfg or whatever that you want to open in Notepad. Instead of the old behavior of selecting notepad from the list of apps the first option is to look at the app store. Underneath is a link for the old selections. Not a big deal, but click the wrong thing and you are back in Metro.

    Just somewhat of a thought in regards to foolproofing the thing.
     
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    Tried it out last night, so far so good. thanks!
     
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    Steltek Golden Member

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    When I installed it, it disabled Win8's built-in security software and installed IOBits' own stuff (including a "Advanced Systemcare browser protection" addon in IE). I don't particularly care much for this as this was the company that got caught a few years ago using Malwarebytes' malware signatures in their security software.
     
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    I saw that during the install. I chose to not install that.
     
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    This lags a bit on opening sometimes but other than that make Win8 nearly usable.
     
  18. Kaido

    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Couple more tricks:

    1. Disable UAC
    2. Disable enableLUA key to 0 (regedit) via:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Cur rentVersion\Policies\System\

    That turns off the "you need to be an admin" popup even when you ARE an admin and have already disabled UAC. Also disabling updates in turn disables automatic restarts. Still hoping to find a better cure for that, because I'd like it to run updates without EVER automatically rebooting, period, the end.
     
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    I don't mind it rebooting, I do mind it just sitting at a black screen for random amounts of time during the reboot. That's just annoying.
     
  20. SheHateMe

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    Ive never experienced this. It lets me choose what to edit with. I've never had to go to the app store for anything.

    Is there a specific situation where this will happen?
     
  21. zokudu

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    He is saying if you accidentally hit to go to the app store instead of selectingan installed program.