Restore the Start Menu and disable Metro UI in Windows 8

Summary:Once you do this, Windows 8 starts to look and feel a lot like Windows 7.

Question from today's mailbox:

Is there a way to get the old-style (Classic) Start Menu back in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

I've lost count of how many times I've been asked the question over the past few days, and thanks to the good folks at AskVG, we have an answer. The answer comes in the form of a tool called ViStart, a tool initially developed to give Windows XP a Windows Vista/7 style Start Menu.

Note: If you are going to install ViStart, be careful during the install process because it offers you third-party programs (Babylon toolbar and Registry Cleaner Pro) that you might not want to install.

Install the program and the familiar Start Button (or orb) is back. However, there's a problem because the button overlaps with the Taskbar.

The trick around this is to create a new blank toolbar on the Taskbar to shift the other icons across. How to do this is detailed over on AskVG. Once you do this, Windows 8 starts to look and feel a lot like Windows 7.

I've tested ViStart on a couple of Windows 8 installations and it seems to work just fine.


Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Windows


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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