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Please make a contact to get the Windows Start button in 8

by txlevi / May 7, 2013 7:00 AM PDT

If you are a Microsoft shareholder either directly or in a mutual fund, please do us all a favor.

Email Microsoft Investment relations at to voice your concern as a shareholder over the mistake of not having a 'Start' button in Windows 8. This move is really hurting the desktop and laptop markets.

Julie Larson-Green, Windows VP, has now stated that there are no major changes coming in the Windows 8 fix-it update. So to me, that means we will not have a Start button.

I am a shareholder and Microsoft will hear my concerns. Please do the same if you agree.


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Did you try Classic Shell or Start 8?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 9:40 AM PDT

And don't feel blue.

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In Reply
by txlevi / May 8, 2013 8:00 AM PDT

Yes, I've tried both of these add ins. There are a few issues with each. Why not get the start button back from Microsoft and not add the extra load to the PC.

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Something old and blue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2013 9:17 AM PDT
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I dropped a too subtle hint about "blue." You might get your wish.

Can you share the issues? Here I only found one and it's not the app but another MSFT blunder app.

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My issues with Classic Shell and Start8
by txlevi / May 9, 2013 4:46 AM PDT

Classic Shell will occasionally forget that you want to start in desktop mode and will start you in touch screen mode. Also, Classic Shell will sometimes cause a black footer bar (or flicker) and not let you see what you want to select.

Start8 works the best, but it will in 1 out of maybe 50 times start back in touch screen mode. I also have had problems in typing a search item in the selector after you click on start. The search will occasionally fail to find the thread where things reside.

My issue, being a shareholder, and promoting Windows to my family or associates is the first thing you have to tell them to do to start up in the Windows 8 environment on an upgrade of a desktop is to install an add-on to make it work. Microsoft is too good of a company to require that of a customer. Free or $5.00 is not the issue, the issue is that Windows 8 upgrades are not what the home or office customer often wants.

There should be an alternative in Windows 8 to make a desktop work like a desktop should.

Thanks for listening,

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AHA! I've seen that. Why it happens seems
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 9, 2013 8:42 AM PDT

When it happens it's almost always after "Windows Update."

It does not appear to be a Classic Shell bug but MSFT at play again.

As to search, I never liked any MSFT search solution. I use something else.

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Question on start button
by BobTec1 / May 9, 2013 7:05 PM PDT

What do you need a start button for?

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Microsoft is slowly moving
by orlbuckeye / May 9, 2013 10:05 PM PDT

from the desktop to the metro type desktop. Developers will determin the how long the desktop will continue to be a part of the OS. If they are fast in moving their app to metro then the desktop may be gone in Windows 9.0.

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