How To Enable New Start Menu In Windows 8.1 Update 1

Apr 5, 2014

Did a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Update 1 from a TechNet ISO. Trying to figure out how to activate the new Start menu. I click on Start and get the the Start screen, click on the Start button and get the same. Gone through a few settings when I right click the task bar, properties and I don't see anything obvious in there.

I know I'm on Update 1 since I can minimize Metro apps.

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Enable Confirm Window On Deletion - Stop Start Menu From Switching To Menu View And Change Taskbar Transparency

Mar 30, 2014

I've recently purchased a new laptop with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. First question is how do i enable a confirm window to pop up when deleting something? I don't like how i can just hit delete and it moves it (Only to the recycle bin, but i'd rather it didn't).

Secondly how do i stop the start menu from switching to that Windows 8 menu view? I did originally change it so that when you click the start menu (Bottom left in) it would actually bring up the start menu, but it seems to have reverted. On top of this how do i change it so that pressing the Windows button brings up the start menu rather than the Windows 8 menu view thing?

Thirdly how do i enable file details when in Windows Explorer. So in Windows 7 when you select a file it would give the size, name, author, date last edited etc in the details pane. How do i get that now?

Finally, how do i change my task bars transparency?

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I just updated maybe half an hour ago and now I can't use the start as its frozen as a white window icon. Doing a system restore solves it - but then I'm rolled back and continually prompted that it'll update on my next restart.

Moving the menu to the left, right AND top of the screen makes it work, but the bottom default is frozen.

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Here is where i want to change it to smaller icons on taskbar menu.

And this is the way i know how to change but not do not know how to do that with registry.

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Jun 22, 2014

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Is there maybe a registry tweak that I can use to change this one little color? I've tried a few things but nothing so far has worked.

See attached pic to see what I'm talking about.

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Feb 10, 2014

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But in my Start Menu many apps won't open accept Facebook, Twitter, Photos and the Store opens, and when I goto install apps it shows "This app wasn't installed"

And my Start menu is like this:

And the "sfc/scannow" command shows that there are Corrupted or Missing Files Then I also did these:

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Jan 19, 2013

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If we will click on the start button Then We can get The Start Screen. Is there any way to create it??

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Check my specs for details

So recently after the windows update. The one that makes Windows 8.1 more "keyboard and mouse" friendly

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The list of start programs is there on the screen shot

The rest of them are disabled

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i do not want the very old Start Menu in Windows 8.1.

Installed Launch 8 from Stardock and suddenly i have the old Start Menu on the bottom.

I guess MS is trying to change the new Start Menu. Even in the APPS menu you get the Start Menu.

This does not happen on every pc overhere, but certainly on 2 of the 4.

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Sep 23, 2013

Gotta love having the old start menu back

Using StartIsBack Plus RC 4

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i:e my documents,my pictures,my music,my video control panel,devices and printers,default programs.

How do I get that option to show like that on this 8.1 ....

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Nov 3, 2013

I'm having trouble with my HP laptop. I've had this happen before and I had to completely reset my laptop because of it.

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I cannot find it in my start menu folder. I can't do anything from my Games Explorer directory.

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I found an article that suggests creating the apps shortcuts and pasting them in this folder

%ProgramData%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

But when I opened this folder I was surprised again to find all my tiles shortcuts there. Nothing is missing at all even the desktop shortcut and store shortcut are there.

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Note: after some research I found a reference to this path

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In Windows 7 I could type in utorrent and press enter on my keybord, if that's what i was looking for, instead of having to type utorrent.exe. And because it was the first search result it would then open the program (or file etc.) that I was looking for automatically.

I thought perhaps the run command was the input box I needed, but it wasn't.

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Nov 4, 2012

After days of looking for a fast and pretty way to shutdown,restart,sleep and lock my computer in windows 8 i came up with this solution.

I have created very simple batch files with commands to shutdown,restart,lock,sleep that are simple to create and use a simple tool to add your own tiles to the start menu called OblyTile(freeware) .

Download my Batch files and icons here Also includes OblyTile

If you don't want to use my Batch files for security reasons its easy to create your own. Make a new txt file copy each line in red from below into the body of the txt file.

To Lock type "C:WindowsSystem32
undll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation" then save as Lock.bat

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To Sleep type "C:WindowsSystem32
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Mar 17, 2014

Usually, Windows 8.1 advanced startup options -> troubleshoot menu should be .....

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One of the biggest complaints about the Windows 8 start menu/screen, is the fact that it takes up the whole screen, unnecessarily blocking everything a desktop user is currently working on.

I've been playing around with Windows 8.1 Preview, and am getting used to snapping the start screen to the left side, like you can with metro apps, using Win+Arrow.

Because Windows 8 treats the Desktop like an app, it can be displayed on the right half of the screen, while the start menu is snapped to the left half of the screen.

So I'm just wondering whether there's a way to force the start screen to always open at half the fullscreen size? In other words, always snapped to the size.

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Jul 15, 2014

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Jan 26, 2014

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It used to be displaying correctly, but now it's not.

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