Last month some changes were made to Gmail and Windows 10. Since both of these are pretty widely used, we thought it was important to talk about some of the changes you will see in the near future if you […]
I’ve been using Windows 8 as my primary desktop at home for a couple of weeks now. I’m an early adopter type and I like getting used to new platforms, but the new “Metro” user interface that Windows 8 uses just kept getting in my way. I could not find a way to use it without constantly introducing several new and annoying steps into my workflow. I missed the old standard Start Menu and Desktop.
When Windows 8 first came out, the only way to disable the Metro interface or get a Start menu were some very scarey hacks or shady commercial apps. Now, though, there’s a free utility called Classic Shell (classicshell.net) that gives you a fully functional Start Menu and takes you directly to your Windows Desktop when you login. If you’ve just moved to Windows 8 and long for the good ol’ days, give it a try.
By the way, a reliable rumor on zdnet.com has it that Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu and Desktop with the next major Windows update, codenamed Blue, expected later this year.
— Brian Camp