It looks like Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a real success. In the first day after its release the beta operating system has been downloaded more than 1 million times. That surpasses the number of downloads which have been recorded back in September, 2011 when the Developer Preview was released, and also establishes a record in which regards the most downloaded Microsoft beta version ever.
And this is now wonder having in mind that Windows 8 Consumer Preview brings some very radical changes to the way we were used to work with this platform. Therefore, everybody is curious to test the Metro Interface together with its famous Tiles and also some other novelties like Windows Store, Charms etc.
As time passes, we receive good feedback from our users in which regards the functionality of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. IT is very scalable and reliable. Also it works very fast and does not require too much hardware resources. Of course, all of these qualities are compared to previous versions of Windows, like 7 or Vista.
However, there are particular things which bother some of Windows 8 Consumer Preview users. One of them is the lack of the Start button and menu. This was a traditional feature, which came up in Windows 95 and became quickly a symbol of functionality which is offered by this platform. As the new system doesn’t provide it anymore, and it is replaced with a Start screen, which mainly offers the same functions but with a different design concept, we thought it is a good idea to show our readers how to restore the popular Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. And we are not talking about restoring the old OS.
How To Restore Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 8 Consumer Preview
The great solution which will enable the Windows 7 Start Menu on Windows 8 has been found by a developer, called Lee Matthew Chantrey. Therefore he designed a small application a while ago, in order to allow Windows XP to use the famous start menu which can be found in 7. Now he converted this program so it could be used in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The name of this app is ViStart.
During the installation of ViStart, you will be offered with some applications you might not want to add in the list of your programs. Therefore, be sure to un-check things like Babylon Search and others during this phase. After the set up is ready, Windows 7 Start menu will be restored in your Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
The new Windows 7 Start menu will be restored onto the taskbar of Windows 8. It won’t look to pretty, therefore I suggest you create a new toolbar which should be placed on the a/m taskbar. In this way things will look pretty good and natural.
I don’t comment on the fact that Windows 8 Consumer Preview needs the Windows 7 button to be restored. Even if I personally like the new Start screen, I would rather have it on my tablet instead of being on my desktop which doesn’t have a touch interface. And I also recall the fact that Windows Vista was very disappointing in which regards the functionality and reliability. Therefore I cannot say if Windows 8 and its start screen are some great ideas. However, if you will restore your Windows 7 start menu, this looks like a good system to test.
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