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Microsoft Killed Start Button

Microsoft Killed Start Button

Added: Monday, October 10th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
People were wondering why they couldn’t see start menu when Microsoft was showing off its start screen of oncoming Windows 8. It turned out that Microsoft CEO has simply ordered to kill the start button.


Microsoft explained this decision with the fact that the start menu dipped by 11% between Vista and Windows 7, with plenty of specialized start functions, such as exploring pictures, declining by 61%. This seem to be a sound reason to replace the start menu with a screen full of live tiles able to serve as a program launcher and widgets.

Meanwhile, the lead program manager on the Microsoft Core Experience team revealed that while the 11% decrease in start menu usage may seem not much to somebody, it was still a key indicator for the company’s design direction. Microsoft claimed that taking into account hundreds of millions of Windows users, it can be considered more than eye-opening to watch such a decrease for a universally recognizable part of the interface of the most popular operating system in the world.

Microsoft also explained that it wasn’t a hidden setting tweaked by a minority. Instead, it is considered to be just a very important piece of the operating system that people started using less. This is what brought Microsoft to a decision to somehow evolve the interface of a Start button.

It seems now that the days of navigating via the nested menus within start, as well as searching for the programs and files using the live search function are gone to the past. Nowadays majority of users prefer to pin programs to the start menu or the taskbar to get quicker access to favorite applications. According to the surveys conducted by software giant, most part of Windows users do not pin any programs to the Start menu at all. At the same time, the number of pinned application on the taskbar has tripled, making it 30% of Microsoft customers using it.

In other words, Microsoft is trying to explain that today things like keyboard shortcuts (for example, Windows button and the number of the applications on the taskbar) can allow Windows users to swiftly launch programs and switch among them. This brought Microsoft to the point where the company developers realized that the taskbar has already evolved enough to replace the Start menu, while the Start screen has already evolved enough to replace the taskbar.

October 10th,2011

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Date:  Monday, October 10th, 2011

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-10-10 12:22:50)
DEMONLORD avatarjust sounds like it is going more graphic based

posted by Blocked (2011-10-10 13:05:12)
No avatarEye candy,,,Yar.

posted by (2011-10-10 15:50:06)
kingtiger01 avatarSTUPID.... what happens if you dont have shortcuts or launchers for youre application?

NOT TO MENTION, it would take TWICE as long to get to youre app. going through mile-long clicking schemes. on a Phone +1, on a Pc -1000

So form of list-launcher is what people want. the "Start" button Achieved this nicely. It put all of youre shortcuts in one place, that could easily be reached.

Removing it will only result in MORE confusion... heres a idea.... get rid of Desktop Icons.

posted by (2011-10-10 16:08:18)
No avatarYou guys are forgetting that the new windows 8 is a dual user os , it has the graphical user interface of the titles and the wigdets but you can change also change the interface to the windows 7 one , from what i saw from the windows there seems to be a start menu in the windows 7 look like interface but no start menu on the title user interface

posted by (2011-10-10 16:46:34)
madwiggyNLD avataromg noooo got so many thing @ y pc i never use desktop shortcuts mostly i use START to get there . but i think a prm will be replacing it eventualy
ty for this info!! ET

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-10-10 18:51:48)
fusseltier avatari always use the start button to turn off my computers.
so now, they will waste desktop space with an icon for turning off the pc? why?
microsoft probably only took into consideration what they like or their own employees and not the average user.
like always, microsoft thinks they know what you want even if it makes it more inconvenient.

posted by (2011-10-10 19:29:01)
nos avatarStart button 4 life!!! lol... i like the START!

posted by (2011-10-10 20:37:37)
alexia123 avatarSee,s like Microsoft want to give you less and less access to your computer, I've noticed that seems to be the trend with OS nowadays.

posted by (2011-10-11 03:00:06)
rupart10 avatarhow do you put a avatar up need help

posted by (2011-10-11 03:00:51)
rupart10 avatarDo you have to pay for avatar?

posted by (2011-10-11 08:06:25)
Peaveywolf avatarSounds like windows is going Lion

posted by (2011-10-11 08:08:21)
Peaveywolf avatarAre you sure that they didnt just forget to put a windows key on their latest keyboard design

posted by (2011-10-11 13:23:37)
DrWatson1988 avatarI"m using Windows 8 right now and I still see the start button and menu

posted by Site FriendSuperman (2011-10-11 13:24:03)
IndhuSharmaKS avatarstart button's d life lol...don't kill'em

posted by (2011-10-12 01:21:36)
JamesHotwire avatarYou can get the old start button back with this change to the registry, doing this also disables the metro UI, which is fine by me. The metro UI has it's place on tablets, but doesn't really make much sense on a desktop in my opinion.
To get back the old start menu, open regedit, goto


change value of RPEnabled from "1" to "0"

This also affects the new explorer ribbon, and the new task manager they revert back to the 7 look. But if ya got's to have the start button there ya go. Windows 8 is vastly superior to 7 in about every other way. Things like being able to mount ISO files direct from explorer, able to run old xp drivers that are still not compatible on 7. Uses less resources, boots faster,even a higher windows experience index rating as well.

posted by (2011-10-12 09:41:51)
TorrentHacker avatar@JAMES DOES IT REALLY WORK?

posted by (2011-10-12 18:16:09)
alwaysroxxx avatarnice step taken by Microsoft ....

posted by (2011-10-12 21:38:00)
No avatarI like XP. Don't like Vista or W7. Will keep to XP if they don't put it back like XP.
Users are mostly ignoramuses who have no idea how to use the machine. Vist and W7 made it even more difficult. Microsoft are getting like Apple, control freaks!

posted by (2011-10-13 02:19:37)
JamesHotwire avatar@torrenthacker yes it works, I got that from the windows dev forums. I have tried it and know first hand it works and can be changed back either way. It's basically a toggle switch for explorer you can switch it as much as you want. I have learned to get around with the new start button. I still dont like the tiles to access installed aps ect. Too much mousing from one side of the screen to the other.

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