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Update: Creating the Windows 8/Server 2012 Start Menu

In an earlier article, I talked about Finding and then Creating the Start Menu for both Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. In those earlier articles, I talked about Microsoft wanting to rid themselves of the Start Menu and clearly pointed out this one from CNET news.

Well, today I want to confirm that it appears that is not the case where Microsoft is trying to prevent people from hacking the Start Menu back in. I am using the final version of Windows 8 (from my TechNet subscription) and I was successfully able to install the third-party software from Stardock called Start 8 to give me the Start Menu. As you can see here is the new logon screen with a Seattle background:

 

This is the build of Windows 8 that I am using:

And here is my Start Menu (well technically Windows Orb):

Before leaving you, I do want to point out that it is very easy to navigate without installing Start8 using the new Metro UI in Windows 8. If you are using a Windows Keyboard and are attached directly to the computer (not remote) then you can just hit the Windows Logo (next to the space bar and by the ALT key) to pop up the new Start Menu. They have moved things around a bit, like shutting down and logging out, so I recommend that you take a look at my earlier article here that walks you through the new changes.

NOTE: The only time it may be a trouble moving around the new start menu is when you need to connect to the machine remotely and you need to depend on dragging your mouse to the top right or bottom right corner to expose the new menu.

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One Response to “Update: Creating the Windows 8/Server 2012 Start Menu”

  1. mike #

    My job and career requirement to keep up to date on server implementation and configuration. Like I don’t have enough to read, work on and learn. Being forced to screw around with a new windows GUI makes me resent Microsft. I have better things to do than waste my time over some dumb ass MS execs windows wet dream.

    January 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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