Thinix, the company that brought you RetroUI have done it again.

This time, for Windows Server 2012.

The situation with Windows Server 2012 goes this way:

  • Server 2012 has no Start Button or Start Menu, just like Windows 8
  • Server 2012 has a Start Screen instead, which runs full-screen (like it or not)
  • Server 2012 also relies on Hot Corners and the Charms bar to do things like:
    • Switch between applications
    • Shutdown, Reboot, Power Off ; buried in the Charms bar
    • Switch back to the classic Windows desktop
  • Server 2012 relies on you configuring shortcuts on the Windows Start screen for applications you need to manage the computer.

Thinix decided to optimize this process.

Here’s what they did…

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About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Rex King

    Am I the strange one here? I see absolutely no need for a desktop on a server. I really need to work with Windows 2012, but if it has the base Windows 8 Applications, that is probably even worse, email and people and photos and facebook have even less meaning than a desktop. However, if a lot of the administrative tools and control panel were to have live tiles, I would opt for the desktop to be removed permanently. However, it really still has to support multiple windows.