Windows 8.1 Start Screen vs. Windows 10 Start Menu

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  1. Posts : 3,257
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    BunnyJ said:
    Some like change and others like to use a consistent tool/product. And I don't see anything wrong with that but we here about this all the time and it does get a bit old, IMO.. but YMMV as usual.
    Change is also called progress. Imagine if Microsoft had never moved beyond Windows 1.0 because they were afraid of changing anything. Or moving beyond Windows 95. Imagine if they were afraid to go to 64 bit.

    Change has to happen or products die.
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  2. Posts : 17,841
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    groze said:
    What Microsoft needs to do is included apps in list as well as the group. There should be a registry hack for that.
    So easy to do; just move shortcuts to the parent folder and hide the rest, takes 5 minutes.

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  3. whs
    Posts : 1,935
    Windows 7

    Yeah right - alphabetical "in a way". But I think that is not good enough. It should be alphabetical all the way. Maybe Shawn can find a way to hack that. He is soooo good at that.
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  4. whs
    Posts : 1,935
    Windows 7

    Edwin - how exactly did you do that ??
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  5. Posts : 17,841
    Windows 10

    Show hidden folders, then,

    Go to:
    C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    makes copies of the shortcuts you want show and paste them outside of their folders, (in the parent/programs folder itself),
    then select and hide the rest as per screenshot;
    restart explorer and the hidden ones will no longer show on the Start Screen or Start Menu.

    Windows 8.1 Start Screen vs. Windows 10 Start Menu-000005.png

    (I've pinned the two folders to Favorites just in case I need to get to them fast)

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    Last edited by Edwin; 22 Dec 2014 at 15:56.
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  6. whs
    Posts : 1,935
    Windows 7

    Thanks Edwin. I will play with it later.
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  7. Posts : 17,841
    Windows 10

    I should mention:
    If there are certain immersive 'Modern' Apps you want to hide, you'll need to create a folder for them and then hide the folder itself as the individual apps can't be hidden on their own. Take caution though as this method disables some of the apps abilities and you won't be able to invoke an instance of them while they reside in the hidden folder, unlike a native application shortcut which will run hidden or not.
    DO NOT hide the 'Store', 'PC Settings', 'Search' and 'Desktop' shortcuts, it will mess some things up!

    As for Store Apps, the ones you don't want you'll simply have to uninstall them.

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  8. whs
    Posts : 1,935
    Windows 7

    Thanks for the additional info. I don't use these store apps anyhow. So they can go.
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  9. Posts : 17,841
    Windows 10

    One thing I DO appreciate about the Start Screen over the Start Menu is the ability to Ctrl/Select numerous items to uninstall at once.
    (but I prefer the Start Menu..., (I like both!!!))

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  10. Posts : 519

    HippsieGypsie said:
    davehc said:
    Microsoft might no agree with that?

    As they say, one of several quotes:

    "The Start screen replaces the Start menu in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. "

    "With Windows 8.1, you can start from the desktop you’ve always known or the modern Start screen with apps as Live Tiles."
    Where did you find that first one? The second one supports a "Start", not a substitute. The desktop could be a "Start" or "boot-up-to screen".
    Where is the Start menu? - Windows Help

    But the argument goes on ad infinitum. It comes down, in the end, to a matter of choice. When I got my first glimpse of the Modern Apps screen, and saw the quoted comment, I immediately started to work with it on the basis it was the new start menu. Now, god bless, I find it far more useful than the text menu. I keep my (what I call) desktop totally empty for work in progress, my start menu remains available under one key. I have a large touch screen and several older laptops, but still prefer the mouse click method for speed.
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