How To Video: Bring the Start menu back to Windows 8
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How To Video: Bring the Start menu back to Windows 8

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If you've made the move to Windows 8, but miss the convenience of that little button down in the corner of the screen, Sharon Vaknin has a solution that will have you singing "Start Me Up" once again.

Maybe we'll all eventually get used to the new start screen in Windows 8 but until then, there is a sneaky way to get the start menu back to where it belongs. Here is the work around. Head over to classicshell.sourceforge.net and hit the download now button. When it's done, launch the installer. Once you get to the custom setup screen, you'll see this list. See Classic Shell actually has a number of features including bringing back the Explorer toolbar with Classic Explorer. But if all you want is to bring back the start menu, click on the other options and select entire feature will be unavailable. Do that for the other options and hit next. Finally, hit install. And when it's done, you'll see the glorious start menu back to where it belongs. It doesn't look exactly the same but its functions are identical. Click it and the menu will pop up. You can drag and drop items to organize them, see your recent items and do everything you could normally do in the Classic start menu. Now, you'll notice that when you hit the Windows button, that start menu launches. If you still want the start screen to appear, do this; Right click the start menu and go to Settings. Here, you can change the start menu style but in basic settings under Windows key options, you can adjust it to open the start screen. Go through these settings and tweak them to your liking. But in any case, you now have the option to use the start menu just like you're used to. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin.
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