XP/Vista Hybrid Start Menu Emulator(32 posts)
The Vista Start Menu Emulator programs (ViStart, etc.) are good for people that enjoy the Vista Start Menu. I have searched endlessly for an XP Start Menu Emulator to no avail.
Hopefully someone on here can help.
What I am looking for is simply a start menu for Vista that emulates parts of the XP Start Menu. There was one change to the Vista start menu, that I found to be positive, and that is the search feature.
There was one change though, I found to be bad, even annoying at times. That change, is the all programs list no longer expands out but rather appears in the start menu itself, with a scroll bar. This may be fine on large screens, but the only time I use Vista is on a 14.1 laptop.
A start menu that can successfully replace the current start menu (similar to what ViStart does for XP). The start menu would have all the features of the Vista start menu [search, ability to choose what is the menu (computer, serach, documents, number of recent programs, etc)], EXCEPT, all programs would expand out. I would find this to be very helpful, as I believe others would too.
It would also be nice if the start menu emulator would change with the theme chose on Vista, but for now that is just icing on the cake.
I myself can program a few different languages (C/C++, Java, Ada, VB, and some scripts) but have no experience, no how, starting point, etc. when it comes to applications such as a start menu emulator, my only guess is that it would be a Win 32 application.
If anyone has any input, has happen to find a program that does this, or if someone would is thinking of starting a project to do this, give some feedback.
Well, now that this forum is started, we can use it as a form of communication on the topic, and hopefully the more people we find that are interested, or get interested in this, we will have a higher chance or finding one, or possibly having one made.
Lighthouse, I do not want Vista to look like XP. I am not trying to be rude, so if it comes off that way I apologize. Please re-read the original post. The LOOK would still be Vista, the only implementation from XP would be the expanding "All Programs" menu, rather than opening the list within the Start Menu as Vista does. Note I am not referring to "Classic View." I am referring to the default view in XP. I still want all the extras that Vista has, such as the search box, I simply want the "All Programs" to expand out.
Flyndre and I have shown interest in this, and many people out most likely also would like to see this. I have talked to two or three people personally that would like to see this.
My mistake jmcguire. :(
Do you not like Quick Launch?
OK. It can be done, if you want to experiment a little?
It does mean losing one of your existing Start Menu items (I tried it out on "Music")
Well now that this topic is rolling, does anyone have any clue as to how to change the All Programs "button" to expand in the same way, Lighthouse's experiment does? I assume this would take some coding, hopefully nothing too crazy though.
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