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    Windows 8.1 Start Screen vs. Windows 10 Start Menu

    Windows 8.1 Start Screen vs. Windows 10 Start Menu

    Posted: 06 Dec 2014

    After nearly two years of controversy, Microsoft has finally decided to bring back the Start menu in Windows 10, trying to address complaints received after the removal of this traditional feature from the Windows 8 modern operating system.

    Surprisingly, however, after months of accusing Microsoft of ignoring usersí requests, some people donít want the Start menu anymore and actually want the company to offer the Start screen as a default feature in Windows 10.

    Obviously, each of these two features comes with its very own set of features, so itís easy to see why some want the Start menu and others prefer the Start screen.

    Windows 8.1 doesnít have a Start menu and only offers users the Start screen, so assuming that everyone upgrades to Windows 10 when it becomes available, thereís going to be one big dilemma when trying to choose between the two.
    labeeman's Avatar Posted By: labeeman
    06 Dec 2014

  1. Posts : 23,195
    Windows 10

    IMO, MS need to offer both experiences, the 8 and the new way

    With 10 they are doing the same thing they did with 8, making a drastic change from one way of doing things to another

    8 neglected the desktop side and made the focal point the start screen
    10 is neglecting the metro side and making everything desktop oriented

    From what I have seen of screen shots the 8 experience is gone, its going to be start menu for desktop and a bigger start menu for tablets (both just on the desktop)

    for me its not just a case of start menu v start screen, it should be 8 experience v new 10 experience
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  2. Posts : 22,740
    Windows 10 Home x64

    I like the new start menu but then again I'm a desktop user and that just fits my needs. I really would like the option to have either the start screen or start menu that way it will, hopefully, satisfy the needs of more users.


    Jeff :)
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  3. Posts : 17,841
    Windows 10

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  4. Posts : 3,108
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview

    Hopefully we can have them both, the APPS Screen as in W8.1 is so much better than Apps listed in the Start Menu in W10.
    Being able to toggle between the two would be the best option.
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  5. Posts : 22,740
    Windows 10 Home x64

    Edwin said:
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    YES!!! LOL
    Just proves you will never please everyone no matter how much they try!
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  6. Lee
    Posts : 4,793
    OS X, Win 10

    I'll stick with the "Start Screen.":)
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  7. Posts : 9,652
    W10 Pro, W10 Home

    I do most of my work on the desktop, but for finding App's or Programs I prefer using the All Apps screen. So I'm hoping W10 will allow us to easily switch between the two, like in W8.1, despite having a Start Menu. I like having my cake and eating it too!
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  8. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider

    I've already made up my mind. On my desktop computer and laptop (non touch) I want the desktop with a start menu. On the laptop and tablet that have a touch screen I prefer the start screen. In other words, Give me the option to choose.
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  9. Posts : 15,113
    Windows 10 IoT

    I don't like the current Windows 10 Start Menu all that much. Given a choice I'll stick with the Start Screen. The key word being choice. Hopefully that's what it will be, personal choice to use one or the other. You can't please all of the people all of the time, but with two choices hopefully it pleases most users. Those that want to see Metro abolished can dream on, IMHO. I'm not trying to be stir anything up but I just don't see Microsoft making an about face on that now. It's too entrenched in the OS to just strip it out now.
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