Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 12:24 UTC
Windows "Microsoft has been furiously ripping out legacy code in Windows 8 that would have enabled third parties to bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other software bits that could have made this new OS look and work like its predecessor. In fact, I've seen that several well-known UI hacks that worked fine with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are no longer functional in the coming Release Preview. And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment. That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well." When you buy a new machine later this year, you will use Metro, an environment wholly inferior, incomplete, and not at all ready to replace the traditional desktop in any way, shape, or form. Whether you like it or not.
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Stardock should be OK, at least
by MollyC on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 02:19 UTC
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OK, as of now, the StartMenu "hacks" still work on the release preview build, according to

Looking at the pictures in that article, it seems to me that Stardock's start menu will work even without MS code, since they don't just invoke MS legacy code, they create a Metro-styled Start Menu.

The other two solutions look like they might invoke MS legacy code (particularly ViStart), so those might be in some trouble when Windows 8 hits RTM.

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