RE: [Simply Computers] ClassicShell for Win8?
- Thanks, Alan.
Great info. I'll definitely give this a try if I keep the Win8 computer.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Alan Evans
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2013 3:54 AM
Subject: RE: [Simply Computers] ClassicShell for Win8?
I have tried Classic Shell but there was something about it I didn't like.
Can't remember what unfortunately.
I've had very good experiences using Start8 from Stardock on new computers
since Windows 8 came on the scene. And it comes out as one of the best in
comparison reviews of all the possible Start buttons for Win 8 (there are a
lot to choose from). Most of my clients so far don't want to have anything
to do with the new tiled interface and you can configure Start8 so that you
don't even notice you have Windows 8 on the computer. Then it's like working
in Windows 7, which a lot of people prefer. It's just more familiar. Nothing
complicated. You just benefit from the extra start-up speed and other Win8
features like the new Taskbar.
The only drawback of Start8 in the beginning was that it was awkward to make
shortcuts of programs on your desktop (you had to use a combination of the
Alt key with your left mouse) but later updates changed this so that you can
just right click a program in the Start menu and copy it to your desktop in
the normal way. Same as in older operating systems.
I can't find any faults with Start8 at all. You can configure it in
different ways to leave the hot corners active if you want to have live Apps
available in the top left corner of your desktop, like News. Or you can just
cut the hot corners out altogether and also get the computer to boot
straight into the desktop instead of going to the normal Windows 8 Start
Menu first. Basically, you can set it up so you never have to go to the
Windows 8 Start Menu at all once you've got the necessary shortcuts on your
desktop for all your programs (though you can still access it at any time if
you want). It sounds like this is what your client would like.
One last tip is to check the default programs. Otherwise your client will
end up in a Window 8 App if he/she opens a photo, plays music or opens a PDF
file. Make sure you have a good PDF program installed like Adobe Reader
first, then change the setting in default programs from Apps to Adobe Reader
for PDF. Likewise for photos and music. I usually change the default to
Windows Photo Viewer and Windows Media Player (or ITunes as the case may
Just show the user the Windows logo key on the keyboard, then he or she can
always get out of app and back to the desktop any time. I have quite a few
older clients and they want things really simple. Quite right too.
Here's Start8. It's not free but it only costs $5.00. Or you can try it out
first for 30 days.
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Verzonden: donderdag 7 maart 2013 8:53
Onderwerp: [Simply Computers] ClassicShell for Win8?
I'm shopping for a desktop pc for someone who will use it for email,
occasional doc editing, and web surfing. I'm going to be setting it up and
tutoring the user, so as an XP hold-out, I'd much prefer Win7 for the new
pc, but all the desktops at the local stores come with Win8. There are a few
Win7 machines online, but I hesitate to buy that way (hard to return/deal
with problems). I can get a custom-built pc with Win7, but it will cost
more. Still looking at other options such as refurbished.
Today I bought an Asus CM1745-07 that was a display model ($400; 2-week
return window), but it's Win8. The salesman said a free program called
Classicshell.net would make Win8 look and feel like Win7.
Does anyone have experience with ClassicShell? Pros and cons? Are there
better ways to achieve the same thing?