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Windows 8.1 Start Button Changer — заменяем изображение кнопки «Пуск»

Windows 8.1 Start Button Changer — это утилита для замены изображения кнопки «Пуск» на своё собственное, предназначенная для использования в среде Windows 8.1. Программа проста в использовании, не требует установки, создана тем же разработчиком, что им ножество популярных утилит для кастомизации интерфейса Windows 7 — Kishan Bagaria.

Для использования программы достаточно запустить её от имени администратора, нажатием на кнопку «Change» выбрать нужное изображение (правым кликом на кнопке вызывается дополнительное меню), всё остальное утилита сделает сама, в том числе перезапустит Проводник.

Впрочем в ходе тестирования мы выяснили, что для успешного редактирования ресурсов с помощью Start Button Changer. нужно сначала получить полные права доступа к системному файлу twinui.dll (C:\Windows\System32) иначе программа завершает работу с ошибкой. Сделать это можно вручную, в свойствах файла, или к примеру с помощью утилиты TakeOwnershipEx.

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    How to hide - Start - button in Windows 8

    There are at least 2 options out there which will help you hide "Start".

    One is StartIsGone . which allows you to remove the Start Button in Windows 8.1 and get the extra space on the taskbar.

    It is just icon in your tray with few options in the context menu. Tick "Run at startup" and your start button will be removed every time your Desktop shows.

    It is available as a separate application for Windows 8.1 x86 and Windows 8.1 x64.

    It works on Windows Server 2012R2 (DataCenter for ex.).

    It works with the new 2014 April / Spring update too.

    WARNING. It removes the Start menu. There is quite a difference between hiding and removing it. Windows 8 had a hidden Start. If you use this application, you won't have Start at all. At least, not a clickable one. Hotkeys like WIN+Q, WIN works of course, but you won't be able to open it with your mouse only.

    Pre-Spring update alternative, but an alpha release now available too.

    • The stable version works no more with a fresh Win8.1 or Server2012, but the developer is trying to release a new version with a fix. See here. You can also grab the alpha version from the url.

    Alternatively you can install the free App 7+ Taskbar Tweaker which will allow you to hide the Start button. Once you have installed the app, you can easily hide the start button from the “Other taskbar option” group in the App (shown below).

    You do not have to restart or log off the PC to hide the Start button and the process is instant allowing you to unhide it as well.

    Which is the Best Start Button for Windows 8

    Battle of the Windows 8 Start Buttons

    Are you missing the Start Menu button in Windows 8? There are too many alternatives available and this guide will help you pick the best one!

    If the absence of a Start Menu button is keeping you from upgrading to Windows 8. you are in luck. There are tools available that will put the Start Menu into your Windows 8 desktop and these buttons don’t just have a familiar look-and-feel but they also mimic the functionality of the original Windows Start Menu.

    I tried about half a dozen Start buttons for Windows 8 from various developers and here are some recommendations on which ones you may use and which ones you should avoid.

    Win8StartButton brings the best of both worlds. It adds a Start Menu button to your Windows 8 desktop but the layout is more like a compressed version of the Start Screen of Windows 8. When you open the Start Menu, the search box stays in focus so you can even type a few characters to quickly open any software program .

    I really liked this program (it makes you familiar with the start screen) but the only issue is that some of the options are written in German.

    Start8 by Stardock is “the” best Start Menu alternative for Windows 8. It offers a polished and beautiful layout with support for search and one-click access to your My Documents, Pictures and other common folders.

    Also, if you aren’t a huge fan of the new tiles based Start Screen of Windows 8, you can configure Start8 such that it will boot your computer directly into the Desktop mode. A single user license is $5 though a 30-day trial is available.

    Start Is Back is a still-in-development Start Menu button that looks very promising. You can customize the layout of the Start Button (including the Windows orb), there’s an option to boot directly into the desktop mode and you can even choose to completely disable the menus that appear when you hover your mouse in the corners of your Windows 8 desktop.

    Start Is Back is free at this time but that will change once it is out of beta.

    I also tested the Vi Orb Start Button and while it is an impressive clone of the Windows 7 menu, the software will add useless Registry Cleaner programs to your computer and may therefore be avoided.

    Classic Shell was originally created to bring the Windows XP style classic menu to users who were confused with the new Start Menu designs of Windows Vista and Windows 7 (isn’t that a familiar story). The menu has since then been updated to support Windows 8.

    In addition to the regular desktop-based programs, you can also use the Classic Shell to directly access the modern (Metro) apps from the Start Menu itself. The programs is free and much reliable as it has been around for a very long time.

    To conclude, the $5 Start8 button from Stardock is your best bet or go with Classic Shell Menu if you are looking for a free alternative. That said, if you are new to Windows 8, play around with the system for about a week and you won’t really feel the need to have a Start Button as long as you have a dedicated Windows button on your keyboard.

    Exploring Windows 8

    Exploring Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Start Button Options and Configurations

    Hi, I'm Joao Botto and I've been focusing on the Windows Client OS for the last four years. I worked in Europe during the launch of Windows 7, and then moved to the US to work on Windows 8 and 8.1. So this is a very special day for me – it's my first post on AskPFEplat and it's Windows 8.1 GA (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home )

    Over the last year, I have supported dozens of Windows 8 deployments and I've seen firsthand that changes to the Start button/Menu in Windows 8 initially made some users uncomfortable. Of course, in IT, like in everything, change is inevitable and as humans, we're readily adaptable J

    In Windows 8.1, the Start Button is back – but not the classic Start menu. In this post, Mike Hildebrand and I present you a couple of solutions that should help the traditional mouse and keyboard users (like us) get more comfortable with the Windows 8.1 Operating System UI.

    First, we'll show you how to adjust the Start 'experience' in two different 'flavors' and then we'll discuss how you can deploy/customize Start screen settings across your environment.

    With these tweaks, we'll show you how to set up an experience that is similar in function to the classic Windows 7 Start button/Menu. Once you become accustomed to the changes, we predict you'll find yourself working more efficiently with the visually richer and more scalable 8.1 Start screen.

    Users typically install many, many applications over the lifecycle of a PC. The result of this was often a Start Menu that spanned multiple rows of 'folders.' Navigating it with the mouse grew more difficult for users as more and more applications are installed. Also, the most common icon for apps was a 'folder' which made it a bit visually static and customization was limited since they were all just lined up. The Start screen allows Tiles of varying colors, sizes and icons, and lets us arrange them in 'space.'

    All Apps View

    The first View we'll cover is what we call the 'All Apps' View.

    Step one is to change from the default Start Screen to the App View. This is accomplished in the "Taskbar and Navigation properties"

    • Right-click the taskbar and choose 'Properties' then the 'Navigation' tab
    • Select 'Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start'

    Now, instead of the Start screen, we see this screen of all the installed Apps when we sign-in:

    We can also choose the order of the application sorting…

    Here we set it to show the most recently used first - this will make it "feel" a bit more like Windows 7.

    Desktop background on Start

    In Windows 8.0, when I flip to the Start screen from the desktop, it is a dramatic visual "switch" to another, completely different screen.

    In 8.1, we are given more options. We can make the Start screen Tiles sort of "overlay" the desktop wallpaper instead being bounced out to a completely separate screen.

    With this enabled, when we flip to the Start screen, it is a much less drastic visual flash/change.

    To do this, select: 'Show my desktop background on Start'

    Now, the Desktop more smoothly transitions from this …

    …to this (and back again).

    App Groups View

    For an alternate layout, where we group a specific set (or sets) of Apps together, we choose the following settings …

    Now, you can pin what you want to the Start screen. You can customize the order, size, grouping and location of your Tiles. You can also right-click the Start screen background, click 'Customize' and define names for your App Groupings…

    On the Start screen below, I've pinned my primary work apps and some secondary tools and apps that are commonly found on the Windows 7 Start menu and customized the Tiles to help me work efficiently:

    • My Documents
    • Several Admin tools/Consoles (Hyper-V, RDP – there is a nice new Modern RDP app you can find in the Store)
    • Control Panel
    • Windows Update
    • Devices and Printers

    Here again, when you flip from the desktop to the Start screen and back again, there is a smooth transition between the two …

    Boot to Desktop

    In keeping with our theme of choice, if desired, you can choose to boot or sign-in directly to the desktop instead of the Start screen

    Some prefer to boot to the Start Screen and begin with the Tiles, others want to go right into the desktop. We afford users the flexibility either way.

    Centralized Configuration

    Now - how to centrally configure this?

    As with most Windows configurations, we can leverage Group Policy and/or Group Policy Preferences to control OS configurations. Windows 8/8.1 is no different.

    Here is the Policy to show the App view instead of the Start Screen (this can be set locally or via Domain-based GPOs):

    However, having the background shown on the Start Screen is a 'per user' choice, and not exposed via GPO.

    It can only be changed manually by the user or through the following registry key:

    • Subkey: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent
    • Entry: MotionAccentId_v1.00

    Type: REG_DWORD

    • Checked/Show my desktop background on Start: 219 (decimal)
    • Unchecked/Do not show desktop background on Start: 221 (decimal)

    Fortunately, deploying this registry key can be easily facilitated via the power of Group Policy Preferences:

    Additional Details and POWER!

    For some additional details about setting a customized "standard" Start screen layout for users, see the following TechNet library section and a great post by our own Deployment Guys blog on using MDT for an enterprise deployment:

    One more note about the Start button, Start screen and desktop experience in 8.1 – Shutdown and Restart.

    These were a bit of a sore spot for Windows 8.0 and many folks created their own shortcuts/Tiles for the Start screen (myself included).

    However, on Windows 8.1, pressing the Windows Key + X pops up a menu (or right-click the Start button) provides those options right from the desktop. I no longer used the Shutdown/Restart Tiles on my Start screen, so I deleted them.

    Let us know via the comments how you go about customizing your 8.1 Start screen and associated elements.

    From Hilde and Joao, Happy Windows 8.1 GA Day and as they say in Portugal – até ja !

    Start Menu 8 - Free download and software reviews - CNET

    Editors' Review

    Start Menu 8 recaptures the navigation structure that you are familiar with from Windows 7. The Windows 8 interface, called Metro, did away with the Start button and replaced it with the flat-paneled menu used on Windows phones and tablets.

    A familiar interface: The Start button and menu has been a mainstay of Windows since Windows '95. In Windows 8, Microsoft decided to do something new, but the truth is that it is hard to adjust to something new after so long. Start Menu 8 resurrects that old interface to make navigation familiar again.

    Stylistic options: Start Menu 8 lets you completely customize your new Start button. First, you can choose what you want the button itself to look like. You can either select a button that looks like the classic Windows 7 button, or opt for something more modern that looks like it fits in with the Windows 8 style.

    Customized menu: When you walk through the setup process with Windows 8, you can select exactly what you want to have included in the menu. This lets you keep it basic and only include your most commonly used items, or comprehensive so you can navigate through your entire system from the menu. A great addition is the ability to incorporate a menu for your Windows 8 Metro apps.

    Time to set up: The only real drawback is that it took a fair bit of time to set up exactly the way that we wanted it. A few presets or similar quick-start options might have minimized the time it took to get going.

    Bottom Line

    This program takes only a few minutes until you're returned to a more familiar interface. You can customize the menu exactly as you want, so you can either have a menu just like the one in Windows 7, or you can create your own customized option.

    Hands-On with Windows 8

    Hands-On with Windows 8.1: Start Button

    Microsoft is awfully sensitive about the term Start button, but make no mistake: The Start button is making a huge comeback with the Windows 8 .1 update. Indeed, the suddenly new-again Start button is in fact available all over Windows 8.1, in the desktop and in all Metro experiences … including, oddly, the Start screen.

    (To be fair to Microsoft, what we’re really seeing here is an enhancement to the Start tip that debuted in Windows 8/RT, and I suspect that’s where the reticence comes from. Well, that and stubbornness. But for the many Windows users who absolutely refused to even consider Windows 8 until this atrocity was reversed, this evolved user interface is one thing and one thing only: The Start button. So be it.)

    By default, the new Start button is only visible in the desktop environment. This makes sense since users expect to see it there and it’s exactly where it should be, right at the left end of the taskbar.

    When you mouse over this button—and this is true anywhere in Windows 8.1, not just on the desktop, the Start button features animates from white to the accent colored used by the theme you’ve configured. (In my case, dark blue.) This animation is identical to the effect you see on the Start charm when you display the Charms in Windows 8.1 as well.

    You can now right-click the Start button to access an improved version of the power user menu that debuted in Windows 8/RT as well. (I write about that in another Windows 8.1 hands-on guide.) Previously, you had to move the mouse cursor all the way into the corner of the screen first.

    The Start button works like the Start tip in Windows 8/RT. From the desktop or any Metro experience, clicking it will bring you to the Start screen. But it’s also a toggle. So if you’re looking at the desktop and click the Start button, you’ll go to the Start screen as expected. Click it again and you return to the desktop. This hasn’t changed.

    As with the Windows 8/RT Start tip, the Start button is invisible in the Start screen, PC Settings, or any Metro-style app by default. But if you move the mouse cursor into the lower left corner of the screen, it appears as before, but using the new style.

    If you then move the mouse up the left edge of the screen, Switcher will appear (as before), with the Start button ever accessible.

    Basically, if you’re familiar with how the Start tip worked in Windows 8/RT, there are only two differences after the install of the Windows 8.1 update. First, the Start button is now always visible in the desktop environment. And second, the button has a different look and feel that is more consistent with the Start button from previous Windows versions, while utilizing the new Windows logo. In fact, if you’ve used the Stardock Start8 utility. you may be struck, as I am, by how similar this new Start button looks to the one installed with that tool.

    Unless you’re still pining for the return of the old-school Start menu—and please, don’t hold your breath—it’s pretty clear that the Start button changes made in Windows 8.1 will satisfy most complaints. Certainly, I’m fine with it.

    Add Start Button - Menu to Windows 8

    Freeware to add Start Button & Menu to Windows 8

    Windows 8 introduces the Start Screen instead of the traditional Start Menu, which most Windows users have been used too, for years and years! While most have liked the Start Screen, there are some who have not. We will discuss today a few free software that will – sort of – add the Start Menu and the Start Button to Windows 8.

    While personally, I may not want to use these freeware. I am sure that this post will interest those who are missing the start menu or start button in Windows 8.

    Start Button for Windows 8 1. Classic Shell

    Classic Shell  is a popular software many use on Windows 7  too, to get the classic start menu back or to add Up button, show title bar, get classic feel, etc, in Windows 7 explorer. Classic Shell adds a new customizable start button and a working start menu to Windows 8. Probably your best bet would be to use this program first and see if it suits you, before trying the others.

    2. StartMenu8

    The Start menu of Iobit StartMenu8 is very identical to the start menu of the Windows 7. One good feature  about the program is it lets users automatically skip the Metro UI screen and immediately gain access to the desktop when Windows 8 loads. Also, it offers an option to directly switch to the Start Screen via its ‘Switch to Metro’ option.

    3. StartMenu 7

    There are some utilities out there in the market that are capable of delivering both, the feel and look of Windows Start Menu. One such utility is StartMenu 7 . The application allows you to right-click on shortcuts but does not support the drag and drop feature.

    The basic version of the program can be downloaded free. If you like getting more features, you can buy the Pro version which costs around $20.

    4. ViStart

    ViStart  is a start menu replacement for Windows. and works on Windows 8 too. It provides shortcuts to Computer,  Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Control Panel, the Run command and the Network. The left side includes the Internet browser, the email client, the most recent ten programs that you used and the list of all the programs installed on your computer – and more.

    While installing ViStart, you may want to decline offers to install RegClean or Babylon toolbar, etc.

    5.  MetroStart8

    Well MetroStart8 is simply a button which launches the start screen. If you like to have a button on your taskbar to launch the start menu/start screen, then this one is for you. It doesn’t do much else as I said, except launch the start screen in Windows 8. It is a small executable, which you have to pin to your task bar like any other program. It comes in five different flavors, and it’s distributed in both 32 and 64 Bit channels.

    Start8  too tries to bring the Start menu back to Windows 8. It adds Start Menu to the Windows 8 taskbar, enables quick access and searching of your installed applications, adds Run option via right-click menu, adds Shutdown… option via right-click menu and lets you choose a custom Start button image.

    7. Start Menu X

    Start Menu X  is an app that gets the Start button and its menu back to Windows 8. The freeware app is a replacement of the system menu for professionals. Start Menu X offers flexible configuration. How? It adds a Start button that can be customized as per one’s requirements.you can create your own start button and use it in Windows 8 as the application is compatible with Windows 8.

    8. StartW8

    StartW8   is yet another option that can also make your PC directly login todesktop, rather than the Start Menu. The start menu embeds amazingly into the taskbar as well as in the system. Once you’ve installed this start menu freeware, whenever you press the ‘Win’ key from your keyboard, you would not be taken to the start screen, but StartW8 will pop out.

    9. Windows8 Start Button

    The Windows 8 StartButton’s  menu displays commands for search, run, and Help. Besides, it has a Shut Down option too. Right-clicking on the orb brings up the application settings. You can select a particular Start menu style.

    10. Windows8 Start Menu gadget

    If you’d like to switch between the Windows 8 style start menu and Windows 7 style classic start menu, you can do so in a click, with the help of this desktop gadget.  Windows8 Start Menu gadget for Windows 8 makes it easy for you to effect the change. In one click you will able to change from the Windows 8 start menu to the Windows 7 start menu and vice versa.

    Pokki lets you add Start Button, Start Menu, Web apps and Gadgets to Windows 8 desktop. You can use Pokki as a social network tool, entertainment tool, business application or a utility. Pokki has a really cool interface, without much GUI components on it. Moreoverthe gadgets that install on Pokki have an awesome interface too.

    12. Power8

    Power 8 is another start menu replacer for Windows 8, styled and integrated inside taskbar. When you use this tool, you do not need to patch system files or add hooks over system objects. No  app- init DLLs; additional services, drivers,  registry keys, etc are added. It is an open source project.

    13. PSMenu or  Portable Start Menu

    PSMenu or  Portable Start Menu lets you launch important tools and applications quickly from the System Tray of your Windows PC. While it may not exactly be a Windows 8 start menu offering, this tool can find use on Windows 8 computers too.

    14. Start Menu 8

    Start Menu 8 is another Start Menu offering for Windows 8, that provides a quick and convenient way for users to bring back both the Windows Start Menu and the Start button, while also disabling things like Windows 8 Hot Corners, the Metro Sidebar and hot keys.

    15. Spencer

    Spencer brings back the Classic Windows XP Start Menu to Windows 8. It is a free tool which lets you enjoy the Windows XP style classic Start menu in your Windows 8 PC.

    Well, these are some freeware which try to – sort of – add the start menu to Windows 8. Take your pick and let us know your favorite!

    My advice? Stop fighting the start screen and get used to it. Most of these freeware will not offer the same functionality, that you were used to in Windows 7. It would be nice if Microsoft were to give users options to choose the start screen or the start menu, but as ofdate, it doesn’t look like Microsoft is going to do away with the start screen.

    How do I get the start button back in Windows 8?

    How do I get the start button back in Windows 8?

    Since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has been committed to having everyone use the Start screen instead of the Start button and the Start menu found in previous versions of Windows. However, there are a few things that can be done to mimic the Windows Start button/Start Menu combination that many people are used to using. Read through the following to find the best option to suit your needs.

    Tip: If you want to access the Command Prompt. Event Viewer, or Windows Explorer, try using the shortcut Windows key + X before trying the below suggestions. This shortcut key combination opens a menu containing these options and more.

    Just the Start Button

    With the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has added a Start button that takes you to the Start Screen. This update does not, however, return the Start Menu found in previous versions of Windows. If you are ok with the Start Screen and just want the Start button, we recommend updating to Windows 8.1, as it is the fastest solution and updates are important anyway. If you still want the Start Menu (not the same as Start screen), proceed to the following sections of this page.

    Create a Windows Start Menu Toolbar

    The Start Menu can be made into a toolbar. which allows you access to all the programs you would normally see in All Programs. To do this, follow the steps below.

    Note: Adding this toolbar will not look like the normal Windows Start Menu. It will be located on the right side of the Windows Taskbar, as a little arrow that shows a list of programs on the computer.

    1. Make sure show hidden files has been enabled.
    2. Right-click on the Taskbar and click Toolbars and then New toolbar .
    3. Browse to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows and select Start Menu and choose Select Folder

    Once these steps have been completed, you will see a new Start Menu section on the Taskbar. This new section contains all of the programs located in the Programs folder in the standard Windows Start Menu.

    Install a third-party add-on

    There are multiple third-party tools that can be installed in Windows 8 that can mimic the Start button and Start Menu found in previous versions of Windows. Below are our suggestions on which third-party tools to try.

    • ViStart 8 - A great, free utility to add a Start Menu almost identical to what was in Windows 7. It also includes the ability to skin and lots of other features.
    • Classic Shell - Another free, open source. software tool to add the start menu and other previous Windows features to Windows 8.
    • Start 8 - Another great tool for adding the start button to the Taskbar .
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