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Microsoft Blocking Third Parties from Reviving Start Button

By - Source: WinSuperSite | B 148 comments

Removing hack that would bring back the Start button.

Microsoft is busy preparing for the launch of a brand new version of Windows, but the company is also said to be 'working furiously' to remove code that would allow developers to make Windows 8 more like an older version of the Windows operating system. According to Paul Thurrott over at WinSuperSite, Microsoft has been "furiously ripping out" legacy code in Windows 8 in order to prevent people from reintroducing the start button or other nifty little features that would make the OS feel a bit more like Windows 7.

The remark was made in a recent article about Microsoft ignoring businesses with Windows 8 and creating a UI that catered more to the consumer. Thurrott said he had heard Microsoft was removing code to prevent well-known UI hacks that worked with Consumer Preview from working with the Release Preview of Windows 8. But that's not all. Apparently Microsoft is also removing the ability for businesses to boot to the desktop.

"And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment," he added. "That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well."

Microsoft has faced an increasing amount of criticism over Windows 8's Metro UI and its place on the desktop PC. While most seem to agree Metro is perfect for tablet devices running Windows 8, many can't make peace with the idea of touchscreen desktop computers.

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    kniped , June 1, 2012 2:11 PM
    It really seems like Microsoft is intentionally setting up Windows 8 to fail.
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    DjEaZy , June 1, 2012 2:11 PM
    Microsoft Blocking Third Parties from Reviving Start Button?! M$ is plain stupid....
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    DjEaZy , June 1, 2012 2:15 PM
    ... it's gonna be a good year for google and apple...
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    eddieroolz , June 1, 2012 2:09 PM
    This is potentially very bad. It's one thing to remove legacy code from consumer versions, but businesses are resistant to change...heck, I was still using XP 32bit until just 2 days ago. Removing the ability to boot to desktop, as well as stripping start menu could be devastating for a production environment.

    I can see Microsoft branching the business/enterprise versions of Windows into its own line in the future if this is the trend.
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    bourgeoisdude , June 1, 2012 2:11 PM
    Okay, this does not make sense to me. I get that MS wants to do everything they can to emphasize metro UI--the app store being the primary reason. But why prevent others from making this possible? Do they realize that at this point in the development cycle it can't do anything but turn more people off to Windows 8? Horrific timing on their part. If this was the plan all along they should have done this way back at the developer preview version.
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    DjEaZy , June 1, 2012 2:11 PM
    Microsoft Blocking Third Parties from Reviving Start Button?! M$ is plain stupid....
  • 36 Hide
    kniped , June 1, 2012 2:11 PM
    It really seems like Microsoft is intentionally setting up Windows 8 to fail.
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    olaf , June 1, 2012 2:14 PM
    and i can see people buying it instead of metro
  • 24 Hide
    DjEaZy , June 1, 2012 2:15 PM
    ... it's gonna be a good year for google and apple...
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    RyQril , June 1, 2012 2:15 PM
    ok i have a quick question....

    M$...WTH IS WRONG WITH YOU??
  • 12 Hide
    elgranchuchu , June 1, 2012 2:17 PM
    chronicle of a death foretold
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    wolfram23 , June 1, 2012 2:18 PM
    While I can't see the point in all this, I guess I have to give MS credit for taking a risk and really rolling with it.
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    fightingslu , June 1, 2012 2:19 PM
    So Windows Server 12 will use Metro? As if being a low tier network admin didn't already suck
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    jprahman , June 1, 2012 2:21 PM
    This just gives me more reason to avoid Windows 8 like the plague.
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    mayne92 , June 1, 2012 2:22 PM
    Windows 8 will be just as much fail as Vista was. Would Win Server 12 seriously use Metro or did I read that wrong?
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 2:22 PM
    Look like another Windows Millenium.
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    PraxGTI , June 1, 2012 2:23 PM
    Businesses didn't want to switch to Vista because it was terrible, a resource hog, and was not better for businesses than Windows XP. We still have at least 50 machines running Windows XP in our business and they are great for what we need.

    Windows 8 simply won't be adopted by businesses, and businesses that would consider adopting Windows 8 for its fru fru consumer look and feel already probably have Macs.
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    rantoc , June 1, 2012 2:24 PM
    So yet another reason not to get win8, hell bent on going on with the rubish/excellent every other cycle with windows?
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    Zukincu13e , June 1, 2012 2:24 PM
    WTF Microsoft what are you thinking?
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    icepick314 , June 1, 2012 2:24 PM
    skip Windows 8...

    hope Windows 9 will fix EVERYTHING that went wrong in Windows 8...
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    zeratul600 , June 1, 2012 2:24 PM
    can we buy microsoft stock when windows 8 fails miserably??? and sell them when the new xbox goes live?
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    hoof_hearted , June 1, 2012 2:26 PM
    ... on their server 12??? Do they really want people to switch to Linux?
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    Netherscourge , June 1, 2012 2:29 PM
    Watching Microsoft chasing after Apple is almost as depressing as it is embarrassing. They've been complacent for so long and now that everything is shifting to mobility, physical UIs and universal/eco-system OSes, they're BEHIND the pack.

    Windows 8 will drive people AWAY from PCs and over to iPhones, iPads and even Macs/Macbooks.

    Windows 7 better be supported for MANY MANY YEARS - because it's the last OS that Microsoft will make lots of money off of.
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