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Creating the Start Menu for Windows 8 or Server 2012

In my last post, I talked about finding the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012 (formerly code name Windows Server 8) since it was a very quick visual difference between previous versions of Windows. It takes some time adjusting to the new direction with the Metro UI, but it can be done.

I highly recommend that you get used to the new Metro UI Start Menu, as I am hearing in numerous circles that Microsoft is determined to get people used to the new interface. The feeling is that Microsoft is currently working on removing old legacy code so that no one will even be able to program or hack the Start Menu back into the product. I am not certain if this is true, but I did want to give you ample warning that these feature may be gone forever.

As I previously pointed out, you can read more about this decision here.

Here is what the new Start Menu looks like today in Windows 8/Server 2012:

Here is what the new Desktop looks like today in Windows 8/Server 2012:

Notice that the infamous Windows Orb (that was first introduced in Windows Vista) is missing! No worries, you can still get it back using a third party software from Stardock called Start8. When you click the link, you will see the page listed below:

Click on Download and it will ask you for an email address so it can email you the link:

This is what your Email should look like and you will see the download link:

Then you  will have around a 2 MB file to install:

If you have User Access Control turned off (which it is by default) then say yes

Then it will launch into the installation with the Welcome screen as seen below:

Accept the license agreement to continue with the installation:

You can accept the default or change the installation folder:

Before you can hit finish, it will ask you if you want to login and automatically go to the Desktop. (Choose accordingly to your desires)

Notice the familiar Windows Orb is back!

Right click on the Orb and you will bring up the options page, to include the ability to shutdown or launch the Run command.

As stated earlier in this article and in yesterday’s as well, I would not count on this feature staying in and recommend that you get used to the new Metro UI instead. I really believe that Microsoft will ensure that this option will not exist.


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