Windows 8.1 classic start menu hack

ResevenReseven Member Posts: 237 ■■■□□□□□□□
I've been playing around with the win 8.1 eval copy and I tried to do the registry hack to get the classic menu back, but it seems to have been removed.

Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer there used to be a value called RPEnabled that could be changed to bring back the classic start menu. It's not there in 8.1. Anyone know how this can be done?

I never actually did this to Win 8, I've only read about it. I just thought I'd try it in 8.1.
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  • TechGuy215TechGuy215 Explore_Dream_Discover Philadelphia, PAMember Posts: 404 ■■■■□□□□□□
    My fix for Windows 8:

    Step1: Format HDD that Windows 8 is on.
    Step2: Install Windows 7.
    Step 3: Enjoy!
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  • dave330idave330i Member Posts: 2,091 ■■■■■■■■■■
    TechGuy215 wrote: »
    My fix for Windows 8:

    Step1: Format HDD that Windows 8 is on.
    Step2: Install Windows 7.
    Step 3: Enjoy!

    Very similar to Windows Vista fix.
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  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas CISSP, GIAC x5, CompTIA x5 Greenville, SC USAMember Posts: 5,735 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I thought 8.1 was suppose to bring back the Start menu?
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  • gunbunnysouljagunbunnysoulja Member Posts: 353
    8.1 brings back a start button, not really a start menu. I use classic shell with Windows 8 and it works great.
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  • tpatt100tpatt100 Member Posts: 2,991 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I barely use my Start menu in Windows 7. Anything I use frequently is on my task bar.
  • srabieesrabiee Member Posts: 1,231 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I use Start8 beta with Windows 8.1 and now the OS is actually usable. Without Start8, I refuse to use Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The Metro interface is just total s***.
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  • wallpaper_01wallpaper_01 Senior Member Member Posts: 226 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Same barely use it, quite like 8.1
  • HaswellHaswell Member Posts: 73 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Just use Classic Start (which is free BTW) from

    I happen to like Windows 8. It does feel about 20% faster, with faster start-up an shutdown. Plus, I the task manager seems more streamlined and less bloated.
  • SteveLordSteveLord Member Posts: 1,717
    Any freshly installed OS would feel faster. icon_rolleyes.gif
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    TechGuy215 wrote: »
    My fix for Windows 8:

    Step1: Format HDD that Windows 8 is on.
    Step2: Install Windows 7.
    Step 3: Enjoy!

    I just replaced my work Win8 desktop with Ubuntu :p
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  • tpatt100tpatt100 Member Posts: 2,991 ■■■■■■■■■□
    SteveLord wrote: »
    Any freshly installed OS would feel faster. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Lol yeah my Motorola Razr felt snappy after I reset it to factory default image and no third party apps.
  • ResevenReseven Member Posts: 237 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the responses guys. I've read about Classic Start and that seems to be the most popular way to do this.

    I was just hoping someone knew how to get it back without 3rd party stuff. I figured if it was possible with earlier versions then it's probably still hidden in there somewhere.
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