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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Windows 8 may get the Start button back

Posted by Jim Bernstein

 For those of you who have been using Windows for a while most likely got used to clicking on the Start button to access your programs or other Windows components. And if you made the switch to Windows 8 or even played with the new operating system the first thing you most likely noticed was that the Start button was missing and you were stuck using “tiles” to open your programs.

There was a registry hack going around that would bring the Start button and menu back but Microsoft disabled that hack from working in later versions of Windows 8 to many people’s disappointment. There is also some third party software out there that can add a Start button feature to Windows 8 but of course you will have to pay for that.

Now it seems that Microsoft may bring back the Start button in a later release of Windows 8 or even in a service pack. Plus they may make it where the OS boots right to the desktop rather than the tiled “Metro” screen.  If this does happen then you may be stuck with one or the other and the Start button feature most likely won’t be enabled by default. This Windows update will be called Windows Blue or Windows 8.1 which is set to have the preview version released in June so we will have to wait until then to find out for sure unless Microsoft tells us otherwise.

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