People keep asking me about this and I thought it would make sense to share my answer on the internet and I can point people here to save my breath. 🙂
So you bought or were bought a new, shiny Windows 8 laptop but you can’t find the start menu or how to turn off your laptop. While these are simple tasks that can be completed by dragging your mouse pointer to the corners of the screen, you want your good, old, faithful interface back. In my opinion, you have 3 options:
1) Download StartMenu8 from IObit, install and change the options to load at startup and boot straight to the desktop. Get your Windows 7 experience back.
2) Download and Buy Start8 from Stardock for £4.99, install and change the options to load at startup and boot straight to the desktop. Get your Windows 7 interface back and a Windows 8 twist!
3) Find a Windows 7 disc of the same version, e.g. Windows 8 Pro -> Windows 7 Pro and a product key (this can be from anywhere other computer, you only use it to get through the install). Save all your files and documents, format your computer and install Windows 7. Ensure you backup your Windows 8 discs so you can go back to Windows 8 when the time is right. When trying to activate Windows 7 you will be prompted to call Microsoft because it isn’t a legitimate product key, at this point inform them that you have Windows 8 and provide them with your Windows 8 Product Key (usually on the bottom of the laptop or computer) and they will provide you with an activation code because you legally have downgrade rights with Windows 8.
I must state that my preferred method would be to get used to Windows 8 and learn how to use it as this interface is moving to all Microsoft devices and will not disappear any time soon. If you really, really need the start button, I would go for option 2 and pay £4.99 as this provides a lot of good features. It does have a free trial to try it out before you buy.
If you have any questions or other alternatives, let me know if the comments.
Update 04/04/2013: I have just checked this for myself and due to all the changes going on within LogMeIn to monetise the service it is no longer possible to use this tutorial. Sorry but you will have to use the official LogMeIn methods documented here.
I have been a user of LogMeIn product for over 6 years, I started using just LogMeInFree to access my computer across the internet, I then rolled this out to a small non-profit I did volunteer work for and once I had my first real IT job I used it there. In my infinite wisdom I installed all of these clients on my own personal LogMeIn account, while this had benefits because I only needed one license for LogMeIn Central(Central allows you to manage your computers, share access with other users and much more…) and Ignition(small desktop application that allows you to quickly access any of your LogMeIn computers, essential for remote support), However the time has come that I’m moving on and need to transfer the ownership of these computers to someone else.
The third method was provided to me by LogMeIn Business Development. When speaking to the nice man I was put through to when calling LogMeIn support this method was never mentioned or suggested.
My current situation is:
Account No 1 – Personal LogMeIn account used for both Family & Friends PCs as well as PCs that belonged to a business. Account No 2 – New Account created for the business that owns the PCs mentioned above.
Log in and accept the Invitation with Account No 1
Browse to your computers, go to Properties for each computer, then Subscriptions
When changing the subscription you should see the LogMeIn Free subscription from Account No 2, select this
That computer will now be transferred to Account No 2.
Obviously if you have a lot of clients this can be a time-consuming job, but for me with about 60 computers it was easy and simple, especially in comparison to physically going to each machine.
*If you’ve already had your LogMeIn Central trial you can either create a new account and get a new trial or if you don’t want to do that, then you can call LogMeIn sales and plead nicely for another trial(I have done this and it works, they are very useful)
I had user request that he regularly wanted to produce a list of all files in a particular folder. This How-To is based on the following Microsoft KB Article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321379
In essence it adds a menu to the right click menu, so you right click on a folder in explorer and click Print Directory Listing and either Prints it straight to a printer(standard functionality) or Opens it in Notepad(My functionality), you can then import it into Excel.
While the original functionality is good, it isn’t ideal. The original will print the directory listing with modified dates, files size and some other info, straight to your default printer.
The right click option seen in the screenshot at the top of this post runs a script in:
Opening the script in Notepad, I changed it to show me just file names and paste it into notepad.
I change the script to:
dir %1 /-p /-b /o:gn > "%temp%\Listing"
start /w notepad "%temp%\Listing"