Start sacred 2 without updating
After investing nearly two decades in not just getting users to the Start Menu and see it as the nexus of their interaction with their Windows PC, Microsoft pulled the proverbial rug out from beneath its user base by swapping out the familiar Start Menu system with something totally new.The Windows 8 tile-based Metro user interface and the “Start Screen” looked like something that would be better suited for a tablet than a computer monitor (spoiler alert: because that’s what it was designed for).The disappearing Start Menu trick left such a bad taste in people’s mouths that even a massive update in 2013 (Windows 8.1) that reintroduced a hybridized Start Menu people wanting nothing to do with it.Aside from fellow tech writers who installed it as part of their work and people who bought new machines that came with it, everyone else seemed to hold the collective opinion of “Ehhh, we’ll wait for Windows 9.” If you don’t have a sense of how much people love the Start Menu yet, then consider this.The Start Menu in Vista, for example, introduced the sliding program selection system so that expanding-trees of programs wouldn’t expand from the left hand side of the menu and obscure the rest of the Start Menu.At this point the Start Menu had become more polished, a little more flexible, but overall if somebody returned from the jungle after ten years away from civilization and you showed them a Windows 7 Start Menu they’d immediately understand they were looking at a very shiny and semi-transparent version of the Windows 95 Start Menu they recalled from the Clinton years.
In fact, if the Start Menu was a kid, it would be well through sophomore year of college at this point.
Once Microsoft got it in their head that we liked tiles, we liked things that blink and move and update us with real-time information, and bigger-was-better as far as menus were concerned, it was all over.
Despite the massive backlash against both the removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8 and the hybridized version of it that appeared in Windows 8.1, the Windows 10 Start Menu is, despite the claim that it was built from the ground up to be brand new, uncomfortably like the tiled-monstrosity we had all hoped to leave behind in Windows 8.
It’s always popular to rant and rave about changes in operating systems when major iterations are released to the public.
For the most part we’ve been around the upgrade block enough times that we’re largely unphased by the hassle of learning a new shortcut here or there, waiting for manufacturers to release updated drivers, and the other hiccups and bumps that come with millions of computers all shifting over to a new and updated operating system.