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Windows Start Menu to make a full comeback in next update?

Sam Loveridge


Windows Start Button

Microsoft is reportedly bringing back the full Windows Start Menu with the next OS update.

Windows 8.2, currently known as Windows “Threshold”, should see the Start Menu make a full comeback.

According to Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows citing sources in the know, the Start Menu of old will be part of the Windows 8.2 update.

Microsoft reintroduced some of the Start Button functionality with Windows 8.1, but it still isn’t quite the same as we’re all accustomed to.

Thurrott explains that Microsoft will make the full Start Menu available as an option with Windows 8.2.

It may well only be for those devices that are compatible with the full desktop version of Windows though, so some Windows 8 tablet may miss out.

It’s not clear when the Windows 8.2 OS will become available, especially as Microsoft has yet to officially confirm Windows Threshold.

Other features Windows 8.2 should include are the ability to let you run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop. This is already possible with third-party programs like Modern Mix, but the next Windows OS update should allow you to do this natively.

Threshold will also aim to bring Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox One platforms closer together, especially in terms of the user experience and will perhaps be the first step towards a consolidated OS.

Microsoft will also be releasing a wave of Windows 8.1, Xbox One and Windows Phone updates under the Threshold umbrella.

They will ship in three product SKUs – a consumer-focused Windows one, a consumer release based on the x86 codebase for desktops and businesses and IT crowds will get a traditional enterprise SKU.

Windows 8.1 was released on October 18 and aimed to fix the user complaints of Windows 8.

Read more: Windows 8.1 Features – What’s new?


December 10, 2013, 6:02 pm

I have "upgraded" my laptop from 8.1 (shipped as 8) to 7 SP1, no way I'm going back to 8.


December 10, 2013, 6:16 pm

if it's true, someone should get sacked at Microsoft for being soooo stupid and not having the option in the first place with Windows 8, let alone 8.1!!! It's pathetic that it's taken them so long to hear the customers, I can use the "Metro" interface but at a business level, to avoid re-training staff, it's best to have the Start menu of Windows 7 then slowly move them onto the "Metro" interface!


December 11, 2013, 12:06 am

The person who probably made the call on Win 8 not having a start button was Steve Balmer... And he's leaving now anyway.

Samrat Patil

December 11, 2013, 5:17 am

I agree I miss the start button too much. The metro UI is just infuriating if you want to get on with your desktop applications. But if you see it from MS perspective, what would be windows 8 be if it were just windows 7 after all.


December 11, 2013, 7:57 am

I have two recent computers *one a desktop GTX780 Z87 i7 and the other a 3D i7 laptop* and the BOTH BOTH CRASH CRASH CRASH with the blue screen of death more than my 1999 Desktop XP with Single core Athlon 64, WHICH i AM USING NOW AND CANNOT GET TO CRASH.
Errors such as'
Windows 8.1 x64
BAD-POOL-CALLER crash crash crash crash crash
....are common causes to auto-reboot blue screen crash

And both computers are in otherwise perfect condition and all updated with everything you can update.

QED; Windows 8 is doggy do-do coding.





December 11, 2013, 1:38 pm

For me the 8.1 is wery OK.. I hav also some PC's with Windows 7, and noticed that I use very rare the start menu at all...


December 11, 2013, 6:39 pm

Just download classic shell and you will get your Precious start menu back. http://www.classicshell.net/

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