The biggest aspect of Windows 10, the reason so many people have been awaiting its release, is the return of the Start Menu. Since Windows 95, back in August of 1995, PC users across the world have used that little menu for quick access to most everything on their computer, from running their favourite games to adjusting the system settings – The Start Menu is synonymous with Windows itself.
In 2012, Microsoft evolved the Start Menu into a new, fullscreen experience known as the Start Screen. To me, this was a wonderful addition that got to the point of what the Start Menu concept was – An easy way to start doing something with your machine. Having all the programs you use regularly in one nice, well laid out, customizable interface was perfect for me. For others, however, it was a terrible experience. While even I will agree, the Start Screen was jarring, and sudden to transition to, the basic idea was very solid. Instead of having to dig through folder after folder to find what you wanted to run, you had all your options lain out for you, and you could select what program you wanted to run with ease. I will never fully understand this criticism, but we are past that at this stage. I wrote more about this subject here.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has brought back the Start Menu that everyone loved so much.
Or did they?
Early on in using Windows 10, I noticed that the Start Menu, as it is in Windows 10, is basically a fusion of the common elements from the Windows 7 era Start Menu, the idea of a list of most commonly used apps, power options, and a variation of the classic “folder sorting” that the older Start Menu was known for, it also has, as its main user space, what can only be described as a condensed version of the Start Screen from Windows 8, pushed into a side panel. Live tiles and modern apps still provide real time information to you, with classic desktop programs having their own icons nicely presented in even little rows. I’ve quickly grown to love it, but even then, there are people who want the “classic” start menu back.
I can’t help but once again ask, why? Why would you want some archaic, slow folder sifting to find what you want to run, when you can just have the icon there, ready to go. What is the point? While yes, there are elements of the Windows 10 Start Menu that are different from the Windows 7 Start Menu, the options are still there. Indeed, some people complain about not being able to access the control panel from the Windows 10 Start Menu – this is silly, as control + x, or right clicking on start (options that were brought about in Windows 8, mind you), brings up a list of system options including the Control Panel, and you can also simply type in start “control panel” and get those options.
Even better, just type the setting you want to change, and away it goes, to exactly what you wish to do with your machine.
I just don’t get it. People still refuse to learn how to operate the machines they seem to care so much for. It doesn’t take much time. I remember moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, and being confused as to where everything was, and how to change certain options. Now, ironically, going back to older XP machines, when I need to, is a confusing nightmare of illogical menu options and settings locations.
A little time spent learning something will always breed familiarity. Learning something new is something to be embraced, not shunned. It seems people want things to be released exactly how they want them to be, and if they have to learn something new, or do a tweak themselves, that’s far too much effort and thus it’s the product makers fault.
That to me is absolute idiocy.