For Those Who Like It Old-School: This App Brings Back the Classic Start Menu

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I have to be honest, when I first heard about the new Seven Classic Start app, I had to laugh. I get that when new features are introduced to an application, or in this case an OS, not everyone is going to be happy with the change. But $25 seems to be a pretty hefty fee to pay just so you can remain stuck in the past, doesn’t it?  Because, you see, that’s exactly how much it costs to re-implement the classic start menu from Windows XP on your new Windows 7 machine.

The Seven Classic Start menu app strips away all the fancy Aero goodness, the side column with links to frequently used user folders, the tucked away All Programs menu and the search box and replaces it with a simplified menu that looks like a dupe from the days of XP.

In the spirit of similar apps like RibbonCustomizer, an Office add-in that brought back the classic menu to your Office apps, the new Seven Classic Start menu will also appeal to those who fear change. But the rate of $25 seems an awfully high price to pay for such a simple program. If it was shareware or freeware I wouldn’t have thought twice about it, but at that rate, I’m curious: who on earth would use this?

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    osu9400

    I take issue with your "stuck in the past" comment as if people who aren't 100% sold on the new super bar are not moving forward. I am a huge fan of Win 7 (not stuck in the past) but after months of using the beta and RC and I am still not a proponent of the new super bar. Yes, it is a great piece of programming. I really like the live previews and the ability to rearrange icons. The new interface elements are great also (see WMP controls). However, for efficiencies sake the Vista taskbar is MUCH better and aesthetically pleasing.  What used to take 1-2 clicks, now takes double that. I am definitely not stuck in the past as you would say but I do think there are elements of the Vista task bar which should have been incorporated into the superbar. The Vista bar has evolved over the last 15 years into the epitome of user friendliness and visual appeal. The superbar has taken steps backwards in these regards. Funny… even though Win 7 users are moving forward, the functionality of the superbar does not seem to be there with us.

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    osu9400

    I take issue with your "stuck in the past" comment as if people who aren't 100% sold on the new super bar are not moving forward. I am a huge fan of Win 7 (not stuck in the past) but after months of using the beta and RC and I am still not a proponent of the new super bar. Yes, it is a great piece of programming. I really like the live previews and the ability to rearrange icons. The new interface elements are great also (see WMP controls). However, for efficiencies sake the Vista taskbar is MUCH better and aesthetically pleasing.  What used to take 1-2 clicks, now takes double that. I am definitely not stuck in the past as you would say but I do think there are elements of the Vista task bar which should have been incorporated into the superbar. The Vista bar has evolved over the last 15 years into the epitome of user friendliness and visual appeal. The superbar has taken steps backwards in these regards. Funny… even though Win 7 users are moving forward, the functionality of the superbar does not seem to be there with us.

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