Tag: start menu

Life in the Start Menu and the Start Screen

Even after the launch of Windows 8 for MSDN and TechNet members the complaints about the Start Screen still persist along with calls for the Start Menu of old to return for better or for worse. We’re still seeing various pieces of software coming out to mimic the functionality or presence of the old Start …

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How to Shutdown Windows 8

I have had a number of people who are trying out Windows 8 that are stumped by how to actually execute a shut down. Since Windows 95, you could shut down a computer by clicking “Start” then “Shut down” but with Windows 8 that doesn’t work as the Start Menu has been replaced with the …

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Don’t Waste Time Reinstating the Legacy Start Menu in Windows 8

The title pretty much says it all but there are some solutions out there such as Start8 trying to recreate some form of a Start Menu in Windows 8 which eschewed this fundamental feature introduced in Windows 95. Eighteen years of the Start Menu can be long enough to have users rusted on to a …

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Tweak the Shutdown Button in Windows 7

Taskbar and Start Menu Properties in Windows 7

Here is another quick tip for tonight. If you ever wanted the shutdown button in the Start Menu in Windows 7 to do something else other than shutdown the computer you can change it to do something else such as: switch users log off, lock your computer, restart your computer, put your computer to sleep …

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An Easier Way to Run Applications as Administrator in Windows Vista & Windows 7

Here’s a quick tip for this evening. From time to time, we need to open an application as an administrator instead of the limited user rights that we have by default in Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, this can be a pain as you need to locate the program you want to run (either …

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Regain the Traditional Start Menu with Classic Shell

Settings Screen (Courtesy of Classic Shell)

Here’s a quick tip for those that may have made the move to Windows 7 before realising the changes to the start menu and the taskbar or otherwise had change thrust upon them without much choice (like your old computer having gone to heaven thus requiring the purchase of a new computer). One of the …

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