Windows Blue (Windows 8.1) might get Start Menu back [Rumor]


Earlier this week we reported about the possibility of Microsoft adding a native boot-straight-to-desktop feature in Windows Blue, the next version of Windows expected to debut later this year as Windows 8.1. Now a new rumor is surfacing that not only is Microsoft thinking of adding boot-straight-to-desktop to Windows Blue but Microsoft is also going to bring the traditional Start Menu back in Windows 8.1

Yes, you heard that right. Quoting “sources”, ZDNet is reporting Microsoft is “considering” adding the Start Menu and related button back on Windows Blue. It won’t replace the Start Screen but rather be an option for users that want to enable it.

It isn’t clear if the Start Menu will make it into the first public release of Windows Blue or will be added in with subsequent updates.

Why such a quick change-of-heart on Microsoft’s part? No doubt it has to do with the fact that the lack of a Start Menu is one of the biggest reasons so many people have resisted adopting Windows 8… especially Microsoft’s enterprise customers, the bread and butter of Microsoft. However, it should be pointed out this is still just a rumor and may never actually come to fruition. But for the hope of all things that are good, I do hope Microsoft gives users the ability to add back the Start Menu.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

[via ZDNet]

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  • Nicolas


    Yeah I agree. I have ubuntu on the laptop and Wine is working just fine (for the adobe cs suite)

  • Frankie

    I don’t know what the ballyhoo is all about. Just install a free third party app called “Classic Shell” and you’ll have a traditional start menu and be able to boot to the desktop. It works great! Fills a big hole.

  • Sputnik

    [@Seamus McSeamus]

    Thank you for your comment !

    I will surely go this way when I’ll find the time.

  • Seamus McSeamus


    I’d recommend giving Ubuntu a try. You can download it as a Windows installer, making it the most friendly version for Linux newbies. Simply install it like you would any program, but at boot just choose Ubuntu instead of Windows.
    Play around with it a bit and see how you like it – nothing about your Windows system will change, and if you don’t like it, just uninstall like you would anything else.

    If you do like it, you can think about a partitioned install of Mint, Debian or something else, or keep using Ubuntu as-is.

  • Sputnik


    I must say that I was not really aware about these compatibility issues.

    Even if AFPhy6 says that these compatibility issues are no longer important, I will take no risk and I will do eventually all the necessary research about this question.

    Anyway, Windows 7 will receive security patches until 2020, so I have all the time I need to do that research and also to see if Microsoft will do better than this new and awful Windows 8.

  • Sputnik


    Last year I have bought a new computer which I have builded myself entirely and for this occasion I have bought Windows 7 Pro 64 bits.

    I could have waited a year or two more for this new computer even if my old computer was at least 8 years of age at that moment, just because I wanted to be sure to run Windows 7 : I didn’t want to run Windows 8 because I wanted to avoid that kind of problems you are talking about. I was afraid that Microsoft would stop from selling Windows 7 at the moment they introduced Windows 8 : I knew it was surely not to be the case, but I didn’t want to take any chance…

    Finally I am very satisfied with my new computer which is almost silent (I have worked very hard to achieve this, each component was carefully chosen), but I am not very satisfied about Windows 7 which, even if it is really better than Windows 8, is not as user friendly as was XP from my own point of view.

    I think that XP is the very best OS that Microsoft has done in its whole history and that they will not be able to match it or make a better OS in the near future.

  • catman

    I could not agree more!
    A computer is not a tablet or a phone.
    Computers are made to do computer things not tablet or phone things.
    I am also tired of trying to make software and hardware work on 8, when they all run smoothly on Windows 7.

    I stick to Windows 7 or XP!!

  • Linda


    I bought a new desktop last January, but here I am typing on my 4 year old Windows 7 laptop and doing everything else on the laptop I possibly can. I absolutely HATE the Windows 8 platform. Not just the lack of the start menu, but the whole thing. From trying to find my “select all” to turning off the computer before I put a similar to the older windows start screen back on it. I spent a month trying to navigate through all the functions I have used for the past 5 Windows systems…only to finally give up and come back to the laptop.

    Windows 8 crashes. You have to click 3 buttons to do things you once did with one click, and it is too much like a phone (I don’t have and don’t want a “smart phone”) for my liking. And, most of the programs I had already purchased won’t run smoothly on 8 while they went from Windows XP to Windows 7 flawlessly.

    I have a tablet and if I want to do tablet type things I use it. But, when I sit at the computer I expect it to be a computer…not a phone or tablet.

  • AFPhy6

    First thought:

    New Coke

  • AFPhy6

    I have already started my return to linux.

    (My first linux system was purchased circa 1995 … a RedHat system – I think RH3 or so… I still have it and the box)

    Linux has come a LONG way, and the “compatibility issues” are no longer very important.

  • Mags

    [@Sputnik] I’m with you on this.

    Unless M$ does a reverse and goes back to the way things were with their OS then I am also considering switching to Linux.

  • Ashraf

    [@Sputnik] I’d go with you if it weren’t for compatibility issues.

  • Sputnik

    I don’t really mind anymore about the future of Microsoft ‘s OSs…

    They are really going a wrong way, for my concern.

    I am actually running under Windows 7 Pro and I think that this will surely be my last Microsoft’s OS.

    My next OS will surely be Linux.