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Windows 7 - Classic Start Menu
Why did MS remove it?

 4:28 am on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

This was a nice option to use in Vista, XP, etc. but it's not available in Windows 7. Does anyone else miss this old school menu?



 6:07 am on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I find you get used to it. I actually prefer it to the XP menu. Vista's menu was a good incremental step toward the Windows 7 menu for me.

What don't you like about it?


 2:10 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm just used to the old style menu. I can easily adapt to the new one. No biggie, just was curious why it was removed.


 3:26 am on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

The new menu lets you search. This is a huge time saver. Instead of clicking on Programs and then digging through all your software titles you can simply type in a letter or two of the name. If I want to open Word, I type Windows Key, W, and hit return. Why waste time with that old menu?


 5:17 pm on Jun 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

The classic interface is what made XP a success. It's clean and concise.

In Vista and Seven, everything is too busy. Links and buttons are strewn all over the place. Folders take up more space on the screen, making it more difficult to drag files between folders.

Any useful feature could have been added without destroying the cleanliness of the classic interface.


 7:41 am on Jun 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Doubtless there will be skins available that will restore the 'look' of Windows to previous versions. Windows itself, up through Vista, has had a 'classic view' available for the layout views.

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