Let’s Hear It: Do You Want The Start Menu Back In Windows 8.1 Update 1?

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So here’s the deal. The various reliable and not-so-reliable sources have hinted that Windows 8.1 Update 1 is about to bring back one of the most revered features of the Windows platform.

Yes, the Start Menu — or some form of it anyway.

Microsoft added back the Start Button in Windows 8.1 after doing away with it entirely. Sure it looks smooth, but anyone that was expecting it to bring the familiar Start Menu back in full capacity was left disappointed, as the Start Button simply takes users back to the Start Screen.

Many have moved forward and have grown accustomed to the Start Screen, but there still is a substantial amount of users that still want the Start Menu back in Windows to make it, what they label as, more user friendly.

Now the latest on the matter is that the Start Menu will not be here until Windows 9.

And this information comes straight from Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott in their show Windows Weekly, and they claim that people close to the development of the OS have hinted that the Start Menu will only make its public appearance in April 2015, with Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold).

Windows 8.1 Update 1, however, will exclusively focus on other enhancements and improvements.

What do you guys and gals think of this development? Perfectly wise decision, or should Redmond have bit the bullet and returned the feature in Windows 8.1 itself as some wanted it?

Additionally, does this also mean that the Start Menu as we know it will not be back?

Is Microsoft planning to revamp and advance this popular feature? Let’s hear it!

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  • Arnold

    No, not needed ever. I did desktop support for 10 years and most regular users did not even know how to use the start menu, I cant tell you how many times a user would say that a program they used to have was “uninstalled” or “removed” just because the desktop shortcut was gone. I would show them that it was still there and use the start menu to point a create a new shortcut and they looked at me like ‘what did you just do?” It is not needed, people are just stubborn and hard headed.

    • Fahad Ali

      I can see professionals having some trouble adjusting to productivity in these Modern versions of Windows, but practically everyone I know that has made the transition is happy with the Start Screen.

      Really appreciate the comment.

  • 1stkorean

    “Do You Want The Start Menu Back In Windows 8.1 Update 1?” WHY? the Start Menu & Start Button was such a big waste of code as there ever was. I am sure there are other concerns in Windows 8.1 Update 1 that need addressing more than that freaking Start Menu.

    • Fahad Ali

      Agreed, Windows 8.1 needs to address several other features first. Polish, I am sure, will come with time. But my money the default Metro design philosophy in its initial phase is quite bland with its mono colors.

      Even the bright cloudy gradient in Windows 95 and 98 were a joy to behold.

      The good thing is that Microsoft itself has started transitioning towards more colorful Metro designs for apps. The same goes for app developers. And this is a great thing. Design is just one part of the polish, the other being feature set.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • xinu

    Yes. Its also looking that we will get it back in threshold.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, Threshold is pretty much an unofficial confirmation. The interesting bit is that if Microsoft is going to wait this long, there is every chance that the Start Menu will be updated and refreshed with some (Metro) features.

      Should be interesting. Thanks for commenting!

  • Robert Kegel

    I like 8.1 the way it is but I know a lot of people I talk to want Windows the way it use to be so for Microsoft’s sake I think they should being it back…and the sooner the better. Adding the start menu shouldn’t be that difficult, look at all the programs that add it? They could make it an addon that you click during upgrade/installation or if you buy a new computer they could make it part of the start up process (do you want the start menu?). People like me who like Windows the way it is will say no while others will say yes.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, makes sense. A little choice never hurt anybody. As for adding it back in, I’d reckon it is an evening’s job at most. Microsoft has it all ready to go, the one included with Windows 7 is a fine tool. But maybe the company is preparing a surprise.

      Keep the comments coming, appreciated!

  • WillyThePooh

    I don’t need the start menu. But if they bring it back, please make sure there is a way to disable it; otherwise, a lot of people will complain they can’t disable the menu. People like to complain no matter what.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah do whatever you want to do with it, but give people choices. Perfect tip to make the complains die down automatically.

      Great comment. Thanks!

  • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

    I’m happy with the Classic Shell Start menu replacement, but I wouldn’t mind seeing MS bring the old Start menu back, just to shut up some of the critics.

    • Fahad Ali

      Double that up. Appreciate the comment!

    • Charles Vance Gurley

      me too, love classic shell. I am pretty excited to see what they will do with windows 9. Just kinda wish they weren’t trying to push windows 8.1 out the door already. They barely just updated to 8.1 and in october going to have windows 9?

  • philnolan3d

    Absolutely no reason to bring back the clumsy old Start menu.

    • Fahad Ali

      I’ve seen Start Menu called a lot of things before, but not clumsy. :P

      Love the comment!

      • philnolan3d

        Well it is clumsy in comparison. I hate digging through lists of text and folder hierarchies when I could just have my programs presented in front of me.

        • Fahad Ali

          True, in that case it is a bit on the clumsy side. The search programs feature on the Start Menu is what I use when I am on Windows 7, but going through the ten ton list of small icons and folders isn’t my idea of a fun time.

          In this respect, the Windows XP Start Menu was simple and straightforward. A fair evolution of the one in Windows 95 and 98.

          • Mac

            Yes, I don’t want to be poking through stacks of icons either; pre organised folders set up by me were much more handy in the days of the Seven Start Menu and beyond.
            I’m happy with things they way they are.
            I don’t have a touch screen and I don’t find anything inconvenient.
            Sometimes I use the menu, sometimes I don’t.
            Speed is NOT of the essence for me.
            As Robert Kegel says, the addition of a menu could be decided upon when installing or upgrading the OS or allow it to be retro-installed.
            That way, everyone should be happy.

  • Gus Gusmen

    There should be at least an option to enable “start button”, to avoid installing 3rd party applications doing the same thing, this way you can satisfy everybody. I think its a very simple solution which can boost sales and encourage users to upgrade without any doubt.
    Is it not this the final goal for Microsoft?

    • Fahad Ali

      It is indeed,and yes, giving users more choices should fundamentally be the default.

  • Danny Spearing

    I like the new start button just fine so I would have to say a resounding NO!

    • Fahad Ali

      A resounding NO! it is then.

      Thanks for comment, Danny, keep them coming.

  • Ray C

    I’ll give a simple one word answer. No!. Honestly there wouldn’t be such a big uproar about the start menu coming back if the bloggers and media didn’t keep talking about it and bashing Windows 8.x. Look the Xbox one. They spent all this time bashing it, and both consoles are off to their best starts ever. A lot of people are just not telling the truth about Windows 8.x. They make Windows 8.x out to be harder than it really is, and they’re not honest about how much people really use the start menu in Windows 7. I’ve yet to see a single person in the media or blog world who complain about no start menu give any type of detail about how they actually used it in Windows 7 and if it was their primary option to launch applications. Heck in all the comments I’ve seen on various sites, I’ve seen maybe 3 or 4 people at most detail what they actually miss from the start menu. That’s just the world we live in today. The vast majority of consumers could like a product, but all it takes is a few people that everyone goes to for their opinions to tell them they shouldn’t like something and they’ll change their mind. They’re more fickle than middle school relationships.

    • Fahad Ali

      Neat and meaty comment, and you have elaborated the points nicely. I will, however, add that I have seen professionals (and creators) that miss the functionality. They are the ones that use the Start Menu like a wrench.

      Sure, many have turned over to third-party solutions. But I will give you that there is just a little learning (or mastering) curve for the Start Screen for regular end users. Even the powerful search options are perfectly fine for starting a program.

      Thanks for comment, keep ‘em coming!

    • Robert Trance

      “I’ll give a simple one word answer.” – he says….sure it is, hahahaha, many times one! :-)
      Anyway, you are right

      • Fahad Ali

        One word answer and detailed reasoning behind it, pal. :P

  • Robert Trance

    No, no no!! Windows’ recent version is perfect as it is now, without the start menu (ancient thingy). More new features, and performance adjustments, are always welcome

  • Chris

    NO! don’t go back on the original vision.

  • Charles Vance Gurley

    honestly I am confused. All this time everyone has been saying they wanted it back and why ms is wanting to do it. But here and other places are saying now they don’t want it? No wonder they are switching back and forth! What they need to do is somehow make it a option to have windows with start or like windows 8.1. Like have a choice somehow… this issue is really divided and if i were ms marketing I would be confused as hell!

    i have used both the windows 8 way and the classic shell way. I like both. I do still love having a start menu but I love the metro stuff too.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, give the choice, and call it a day. Choice being the ability to remove the Start Menu completely for those that want to stay with the Start Screen.

      Good comment. Appreciate it.

  • Theo Kalentzis

    Yes, in my opinion, it should be brought back.

    There was nothing wrong with it in the first place. AND if those who have an introverted perspective consider common users who have used windows with the start button for some time who don’t have the tech chops to easily adapt you will understand that the start button was a fundamental part of Windows. Try guiding someone a little older (parents/grandparents) on Windows 8 and you’ll see how much fun that is (especially with Metro). Also, what’s with the full screen presentation of Metro apps anyway, isn’t this operating system called Windows? I was a Mac guy initially and went Windows; from Windows 1.0 right on up to 8.1, but skipped Vista altogether. I think that this may be hurting PC sales to a certain degree and leading to an early call of the demise of the PC.

    8.0 as it was was a somewhat schizophrenic start to a “new” operating system (two for the price of one!). 8.1 takes a step forward (back?) and I’m certain that we’ll be back to normal soon (with some tweaks, I’m sure). As it is I enjoy 8.1 (running with Start8 and ModernMix, that is).

  • pirate78

    I personally do not want it back. But I am only speaking from the perspective of working on a tablet. If back it must come, make it a toggle in the settings. That way if I am on a my business machine with little use for anything other then desktop, sure why not. But please keep it away from my Surface2.

  • ECM2

    No Start Menu please! No icons please! Just Live Tiles, Search, and Cortana.
    Cortana “start Eye on Windows”. Cortana go to “comments”. Type: “No Start Menu please! No icons please! Just Live Tiles, Search, and Cortana. Cortana “start Eye on Windows”. Cortana go to “comments”. Type: “No Start Menu please! No icons please! Just Live Tiles, Search, and Cortana ….

  • Macpaul Emeka Ekwueme

    Start menu? What the hell is that? All I wasn’t in the next updates or iteration of windows is a much more improved pen API and the ability to change the snap feature in both landscape and portrait mode. In other words make it smart to recognize the orientation especially in an 8″ or 10″ device

  • http://www.baidu.com/p/ytx21cn Tianxing Yang

    It is better to combine start menu with live tiles.

  • Ming Dong

    I am not missing it at all

  • Benefits Sykes

    Like windows 8.1 just fine without the start Button l’ve never missed it

  • Ron Fox

    Yes. But keep the Metro also there is no reason not to have both

  • Ron Fox

    Why not just have them both EVERYBODY is happy just let us choose what we want NO big deal

  • Arno Botha

    The metro start menu works alot better for me i will never go back to the old start menu

  • http://a5-studios.blogspot.in Aaditya Menon

    Unfortunately it isn’t arriving…

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