Hint of Desktop in Win 8.1?

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  1. cruelsister

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    I also want something similar to the Aero translucent interface back. The new interface in Win 8 is extremely ugly. Sure it saves battery for tablets, but for regular laptops, it looks like you are running Win 95.
     
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    you tried using a dark 'theme'?

    black letters on black background.
    that's pretty daft. lol
     
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    What is big deal with booting into Start Menu.

    StartIsBack is $3 for 2 licenses, and $5 for 5 licenses. The reason it is so cheap that everyone knows the orginal source is there.

    Here it is:

    For All User: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu

    For Current User: C:\Users\User\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu

    StartIsBack even has option to: Rename "Start Screen" to "Apps" and keep only the Modern Apps on "Modern GUI", and not on the Start Menu.

    Best regards,
     
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    Salam,

    Remember the CoughDrops? I still have them, but haven't touched Windows XP in ages. Probably don't know how to use Windows XP any more!

    Best regards,
     
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    Aladdin- Microsoft is more worried that businesses have been very slow (if any have!) to move to Windows 8. Any sensible IT person should be reluctant to add a 3rd party app in order to make an OS properly functional when MSFT can do this natively.

    And I totally am with you in regard to StartisBack! With that fix implemented I find W8 to be fantastic. And with the plethora and popularity of W8 "fixes" it seems MSFT is finally getting the message.
     
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    Thanks for the link, but there was never any question that they would return the desktop in this version. Personally I think that pressure from corporate Clients as well as sister industries (like Intel- they just reported First Quarter sales a bit ago- 2 billion vs 2.7 billion last year- and you know they'll be squealing like the pigs that they are about W8's slow uptake) will force MSFT to see the error of their ways.
     
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    more here:
    http://arstechnica.com/information-...he-start-button-boot-straight-to-the-desktop/
     
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    Does it really save battery life? Aero uses the DWM (a compositing window manager), and the DWM cannot be disabled in Windows 8, even though it doesn't look like Aero. Isn't the DWM what uses more power? I'm skeptical that re-skinning the DWM would save power just because it has a plain appearance.

    Unless transparency is the issue. Has it been demonstrated that using Aero but without transparency uses less power? Comparing Win7 to Win8 may not be enough, since there could be other reasons for the discrepancy in power usage.
     
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    Hi CruelSister,

    Thank you for your response. It could be that Start Menu is not the thing, the Big Business are not adopting Windows 8, as the Start Menu is easy to implement.

    It could be the Modern GUI, which they might not be comfortable with in the business environment. The Modern GUI is for individuals and not for business, meaning buying Apps from the Apps Store.

    The Modern GUI is for phones/tablets and not for desktops/laptops. Apple has two OS, which Microsoft is trying to combine into one OS.

    In reality Microsoft is trying to hide behind the Start Menu and is trying to make the Start Menu the issue, which it is not.

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