Living on the Windows 8 Desktop using Classic Shell


Living on the Windows 8 Desktop using Classic Shell

Video and comments apply to Windows 8. Do not confuse with Windows RT.

I along with many other long time Windows users was upset when I heard Microsoft was dropping the Start Button and Menu in Windows 8 (not to be confused with Windows RT.) After a few hours of using Windows 8 on my upgraded Acer W 500 tablet and five other computers, I became a fan of the dual user interface design.

Most negative reviews and consumer feedback predictively focus on the need to flip through the Start Screen, lack of Start button and the need to use Charms when accessing Windows search and settings. These concerns can be easily jettisoned with the addition of Start Button replacement programs. The free Classic Shell and five dollar Start 8 programs not only restore the Start Button and Menu, they allow users to completely bypass the new Windows 8 Start Screen.  Best of all, both products are easy to install and offer more flexibility than the original Windows counterparts.

If you are totally turned off by the Start Screen and want to take advantage of the faster boot time, enhanced security, improved speed, reduced need for computer memory, almost seamless access to free cloud storage, and improved reliability then you can stop twisting in the wind and upgrade to Windows 8 followed by a simple install of the free Classic Shell start button and menu.

Classic Shell allows access to both traditional desktop and new Start Screen programs. You can of course stay away from the Start Screen and miss out on the thousands of excellent free apps such as Netflix, Music, News, Kindle reader, Nook reader and the ever growing number of time wasting games but I would encourage even those who find the Tiles Start Screen an abomination to take a peek.

If you just can’t fathom ever using Start Screen apps such as Mail you can always install your favorite desktop program or the familiar Windows Essentials suite of programs on your desktop. There is no need for any angst over learning or using the new Start Screen interface. You can stay put on the desktop and use the enhanced features of the Classic Shell menu to navigate just as you do when using Vista or Windows 7.  Programs like Classic Shell and Start 8 will essentially make the Start hide in the background as you click your way through familiar desktop programs.

Contrary to many misleading blogs and reviews, you can open as many Windows as your system resources allow when using the Windows 8 Desktop mode.

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