New Windows 8 interface and getting the start menu back.

Posted: March 14, 2012. At: 6:54 PM. This was 5 years ago. Post ID: 2924

Windows 8 copy dialog.
Windows 8 copy dialog.

This is what the new copy dialog looks like on Windows 8. The actual process of copying this amount of data over a USB 3.0 connection was actually very fast, the previous versions of Windows were slower at copying data, but now it is getting faster. And I was copying from a 8 GiB USB thumb drive to a SATA2 hard disk. The Windows 8 team are actually listening to user feedback when developing the Windows 8 operating system, so maybe they will tweak the Metro interface, or even remove it altogether. This is the same as the Unity debacle, but there are some people on Linux Mint that are installing this desktop as well as the Ubuntu users. There is nothing wrong with that after all, I have decided that there are more important things to worry about than who is installing a desktop environment. Anyway the new look of Windows is not too different from the Windows 7 aero theme, but the Windows classic theme is gone. I wish that you could make Windows look like Windows 2000 server, but that is too much to ask in this modern age. Windows 2000 and NT4.0 were the most stable versions of Windows, now we have Windows 8 with the stupid kiddie Metro touch interface. And finding the administration tools is fun with the Metro start menu, sure you can just type “computer” and the computer management icon will be displayed.

Windows 8 file manager. Quite cluttered indeed.
Windows 8 file manager. Quite cluttered indeed.

But you should not have to put up with this annoyance at all. Why would they remove the very useful Windows 7 start menu and replace it with Metro? They need to create a standard start menu and make Metro optional if this operating system is to be taken seriously by the corporate sector. Many are still using Windows XP, which came out in August 24, 2001. It works pretty well, but I have had better luck with Windows 7. There is a small application available here that will replace the Metro interface with a Windows Vista styled start menu. http://lee-soft.com/vistart/. I just installed this and it works fine. The microscopic Metro hotspot is still there, but this is easily avoided.

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