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Cara W Morris is the Marketing Manager at NewSoftwares Inc., a Beaverton based data protection and Information Security Company that provides and Secure USB and external storage media blocking software.
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Folder Lock
  • Bringing Back The ‘Start' Menu On Windows 8 6 comments
    Oct 2, 2012 12:23 AM

    Perhaps what is most hated about Windows 8 is its missing the start menu. After being around for 17 years, Microsoft has gotten rid of it. Rumors have it that Microsoft is forcing their users to utilize the metro style interface rather than the start menu. For this Microsoft has triggered quite a bit of criticisms from its users; moreover, Microsoft was also criticized for not allowing the option for its users to boot directly to the desktop menu; instead users have go through the metro interface, and then click on the desktop menu button. It's obvious now that Microsoft has no intention of restoring the start menu and PC users will accept Windows 8 as it is.

    Though, the bickering and complaining of these "start menu lovers" has not gone unheard. One company - Stardock, has come up with a solution that will solve this headache. Stardock has developed a start menu for Windows 8 called the 'Start8', though if want to get your hands on it, you'll need to purchase it for $5.00. Moreover, with 'Start8' users can directly boot to the desktop menu. The start menu is so well designed; you'll be fooled into believing it was developed by Microsoft. Microsoft has actively blocked many programs that tried to restore the start button in Windows 8. Nevertheless, Stardock claims that Microsoft will not be able to block their start menu software since it doesn't rely on a registry switch. User will be able to download a free 30 day trial version to test out 'Start8'.

    Stardock specializes in developing software that seamlessly blends into Windows environment. Available for free, non-commercial use is their fences software which allows users to organize their desktop neatly into categories; each icon is categorized, reducing that messy desktop look. Other customization software include icon packer which changes the look and aesthetics of your desktop icon; Windows blinds which are customized skins for your Windows operating system that give your desktop a wild look; perhaps their most popular software is 'Object Desk' which has been downloaded over 10,000 million times, it's basically an apple OSX dock for Windows PC.

    Though the start menu is not the only issue that is related to windows 8, it seems there are host of third-party software related issues which can especially be problematic if you have sensitive data protected with data security software which may or may not work with Windows 8. However, data security software 'Folder Lock' developed by Newsoftwares Inc has already been re-engineered in anticipation of Windows 8 release next month.

    Getting use to using windows 8 will require a bit of re-learning for almost all of windows users. By introducing the metro interface, Microsoft has ignored the opinions of its users and instead focused on what it thinks how the next windows should be. On the plus side, Windows 8 is perhaps the most stable, fastest and the most bug-free Windows ever released by Microsoft. Only time will tell the true outcome of Windows 8's success. However, with users downloading the consumer preview and trying out Windows 8, so far it's apparent that many are satisfied with Windows 8.

    For more information please visit:

    http://www.newsoftwares.net/

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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  • Stilldazed
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    Hi CM,
    I am very happy with Win7 and see no advantage to upgrade to Win8.
    I am somewhat paranoid about using the cloud (everything from whether my data is secure in someone elses servers to infrastructure breakdowns, power outages, down servers, hacked servers and internet outages). Will Win8 work as a stand alone computer OS like Win7? Or will it be an interface for online servers like the Google netbooks were?
    2 Oct 2012, 03:27 AM Reply Like
  • carawmorris
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    Author’s reply » Yes, Window 8 will work as a standalone computer OS like Win7. Along with the traditional desktop style of Windows, it also introduces significant changes to the operating system's graphical user interface and platform. The environment features a new tile-based Start screen similar to that of the Windows Phone operating system, which has replaced the previous Start menu entirely.

     

    Windows 8 is slated to have better performance than Windows 7, even with this metro interface running on top of a desktop. We found that to be the case, especially when it comes to boot times. Tablet users and netbook users especially should notice a fairly significant performance increase with Windows 8.
    3 Oct 2012, 04:59 AM Reply Like
  • Stilldazed
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    CM,
    Thanks for the answer and the info. Your product sounds like it would make moving to Win8 a little easier and more familiar.
    3 Oct 2012, 07:01 AM Reply Like
  • Stilldazed
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    CM,
    Now that Win8 is out you should run a couple more blogs to help people update computers. I am thinking of going to Win8 as it uses less resources and speeds up the computer. I specifically backtracked to look up your blog so I would be able to get a start button again when I do change over in a couple of weeks.
    28 Oct 2012, 01:50 AM Reply Like
  • Stilldazed
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    Hi CM,
    OK, I am now running Win8 and have downloaded start 8. Wow, this is what Win7 should have been, much faster and with the start8 is a simple swap. Thanks for the article!!
    7 Nov 2012, 02:32 AM Reply Like
  • carawmorris
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    Author’s reply » Hi,
    Your most welcome :)
    12 Nov 2012, 05:45 AM Reply Like
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