As you know, the Start menu is the centralized launching point for all applications and tasks in the Windows operating system. However, it wasn’t always called the Start menu.
In this little gallery of images, we’ll take a look at the evolution of the Start menu from Windows 95 to Windows 7.
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I am disappointed at this start menu artical.It's not what I expected. I throught I would be able to read a whole artical.
Perhaps you're not old enough to remember Windows 3.0 and its Program Manager, that's where it all really began for Microsoft!
OK, they don't call it the "Start Menu" any more - except in the folder name. But still the idea that you need to "Start" before you can "Shut Down" lingers on... ;-)
Thanks for the snapshots, never thought about how the start bar has changed. I agree though that it takes more clicks with the 2 column setup. I usually change mine to "classic" and start Explorer right away to navigate to specific folders where my files are located. Then I can click on my file to start the application. It is much faster than starting a program and using its "open" menu to get working. Watching others open Excel or Word several times a day an searching for their documents each time drives me crazy....
The changes that begand with XP appear to be alligned with the new MS philosophy: make it easier to do a little on the computer without having to learn anything at all, at the expense of anyone who wants to do more than just a little, or who already knows how. Unfortunately, with XP, the Start Menu began to Devolve. It never would maintain the width set if docked on the side of the screen, it made things a little harder to find, and it took up more screen space if not auto-hidden. With Vista and 7 (and the new Office), menus (and ribbons) waste more time, because things are less organized and more clicks are often needed to get where you're going.
Instead of calling it 'Classic' they could have called it 'Analyst.' Some of the changes seem geared to informal or casual users. That is, users that don't organise their files in careful folder structures (like we did before we had computers, and used filing cabinents for paper documents). These casual users would need a google-style search bar all of the time. For me, It's off to the Windows explorer to find the folder that contains the current project, or part of it. The folder name becomes part of the document name in my mind. I think if they developed this a bit better, fewer users would lose documents.
Maybe because its Win95 C? http://trevorsarchives.selfip.net/funpics/MoreImages/I%20AM%20windows%2095.png
When I have owned lots of different pc??s under all those years who have started with Windows 95 all the way to Windows 7, Home Premium in 64 bit version who I have today and are running. So it is a very big change how those computers have worked under those 15 years who this have take and how much faster they have been under all those years, with lots of much faster CPU and cores, even multi cores from bouth AMD and Intel plus lots of more RAM memory capacity who is measured in Gigabytes instead so are this a huge different from the early versions of Windows until todays high capacity of pc??s.
I miss the ability to enable a native "Classic" style Start Menu in Win7. I also miss the underscored letters for keyboard users such as myself.
I remember that showing up when I blew C in over B. The one time an OEM-only disk was better than retail.
Win 95C also added USB device support (although you had to install the drivers yourself), and, in my experience, proved much more stable than Win 95 basic under the abuse directed at it by students in a PC repair classroom. Then we went to Windows 2000. Awesome!
It was a setting we could turn on. That should still be there. There are times when it's impossible to use the Alt key to turn them on without doing something else on the screen.