|Running Windows 8|
It has been a really long time (years maybe) since I've bothered customizing my desktop, because I want it to perform as quickly as it can and didn't want to waste valuable resources beautifying it. However, I noticed that I have a surplus of computing power so I decided to make use of it.
But I still didn't want to tweak the system files for maximum stability, so all I did was change the icons on the taskbar and used Rainmeter for the clock and system monitor (bottom right).
The desktop icons are hidden using Stardock's Fences. Double click to show or hide the icons, which eliminates unnecessary clutter.
Anyway you see that little arrow on the bottom left?
|Start menu FTW|
Yeah, it's a friggin' start menu on Win8. I'm using a program called StartisBack. And I actually paid for it. I got a bundle so I could give 3 licenses out for free if any of my friends asks. Though I don't usually like to pay for little programs like these, I think it's worth it for the low price and the functionality that it brings.
Alternatively, you could use Classic Shell to emulate the experience but it's just not as clean speaking from my own experience.
I don't know if it's because I'm a power user or anything, but I really can't stand the "Modern UI", especially when I'm actually trying to get some work done.
|Example of Win8 default start screen|
That UI makes no sense on a desktop environment. If not for the slew of improvements under the hood, I would've stuck with Windows 7. As many have said, Windows 7 is the new Windows XP. It just works, and it works the way you expect it to.
Oh well, I have tweaked my Win8 to work like Win7 as much as possible, and so far everything is awesome. The minimalist approach towards my desktop simply satisfies the my OCD. Speaking of which, I really cannot stand it when people have cluttered desktop or unorganized folders.
I need new hard drives. And on that bombshell it's time to end.
Just get Winaero's Skin Pack for Classic Shell: http://winaero.com/blog/introducing-winaeros-exclusive-special-skin-pack-for-classic-shell/ and it becomes the sexiest Start Menu with super-awesome transparency. Plus StartIsBack is broken on Windows 8.1 (Blue).
Wow thanks for sharing, it looks really sexy! Oh, I haven't tried the Leak so I didn't know, hopefully they would fix it.
All that said, Classic Shell doesn't tie into Windows like a service(DLL). It exists as a separate process, so integration isn't as tight as StartIsBack. (which i prefer)