Other options include Power8 and Classic Shell (which is a really good and offers lots of additional features). I found one called ViStart that went one step further than Start8 in that it gave me back my actual Start button and menu. I can still return to the Start Screen if I choose by placing my cursor in the top-right corner to reveal the Charms bar, then click Start.
When making such a huge UI and navigational adjustment to an OS that has been used (for some) since infancy, you're bound to encounter people who don't want change or, in my case, cannot physically stomach it. Maybe the younger generation who can still ride roller coasters (which I gave up years ago) can handle the jarring visual elements -- I can't.
Flexibility would make more sense here. But Microsoft made the call, so third-party solutions are required. It's not the first outside solution I've installed, so I'm not too bent out of shape. After all, following the brand-new setup, I install Adobe tools, TweetDeck, MagicDisc, Camtasia Studio, and a slew of other apps (Microsoft Office included) to get my system where I need it to be. But I would simply prefer to not have to do that with something as integral to the design of the system as my navigation tools to applications like the Start button and menu.
I'd also like to not reach for motion sickness medicine whenever I sit down to get some work done.
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