If you have an older version of this start menu where you downloaded it and then renamed a .7_ or .EX_ file, you no longer need that folder or program and can delete it.How to install
1. Install the latest version of Rainmeter 2.5 (standard installation, not the portable one) if you haven't already: rainmeter.net/cms/
I highly recommend you set Rainmeter to launch on startup so you don't have to do it manually.
2. Download the Start Menu for Windows 8 v_._._.zip and open it
3. Open the Fonts folder and install the included fonts (you may already have them all installed, this is a safeguard to avoid any issues in case you don't have them)
3. Go back to the zip and run the included .rmskin (you need to Standard Installation of Rainmeter for this to work. You may need to extract the .rmskin first before being able to run it)
3. If all goes well you should have a popup about the Start Menu going to be installed. Make sure "Load Included Skins" is checked before installing. From there on out the tutorial should take you through the rest of the process. If you have any further questions feel free to ask below.
Note: Once you install the menu and get it setup to your liking, I highly recommend you right-click on the startup menu, select manage skin, go to settings, and disable dragging. Also consider saving the layout in case something happens to it.
New Start Menu variant, the Metro Menu, which is only currently available in standard size.
A separate settings menu has been added for the Metro Menu, including the abilities to change metro icons, the metro app background color, and the metro app icon tint.
Several minor improvements to the Setup menu
Improved flow of settings menus (not finished however)
Fixed a text error in the setup section
Moved part of the Change Log to a txt file in the ZIP folder
File size reduced by deleting unused images
- Fixed some issues related to changing App info
- Moved the App info to its own file in preparation for adding the ability to import your app info from old versions (every time you update you loose your old settings, this will allow you to import some of them)
- Fixed a typo in the credits section
- Fixed a bug with the version checker not correctly displaying when there was no new version available.
- Added used fonts in .zip folder.
- You can now run the skin directly in Rainmeter (standard installation for best results, portable installation may have issues) instead of in a stand-alone program.
- Text buttons have been cosmetically improved
- The program list now has scrolling (using your mouse or the on-screen arrows)
- The settings display has been overhauled to incorporate new features and options
- App icons, names, and their target paths can now be changed directly in the settings display
- You can change the directory and icons of your Home, Downloads, Docs, Music, Pics, and Vids folder directly in the settings display
- In the settings display you can now change the displayed hard drives
- In the settings menu you can now change your user pic to a custom one
- The "Icons" section is now know as "Icon Packs" and features some new icon packs
- "Theme" are now known as "Backgrounds" to prepare the way for a real ''Themes" section
- You can now check to see if your version of the skin is the latest in the Version Info popup accessible from the Settings display
- You can now view the Credits list via the popup in the Settings display
and much more!Please refer to the text file included in the ZIP for information about pre-v1.0.0 release builds.
Questions & Answers
What is this?
A rainmeter skin that allows Windows 8 users to bring back the start menu and orb.
What does it do?
It creates a start menu (not as fancy as the standard start menus of older Windows versions, at least, not yet)
Do I have to have Rainmeter installed to use this?
Yes, you MUST have Rainmeter installed to use this Start Menu. In addition, you will need to update Rainmeter if your current version is older than v2.5.
How do I manually change one of my Apps icon, name, or path?
If you want to change that stuff manually, those variables (like the 7th app name) are in a file called VariablesApps.inc
Its location should be this:
Go to %USERPROFILE% then Documents then Rainmeter then Skins then Start Menu and finially ~resources
The app info and related stuff will be one third of the way down the page.
How do I access the settings menu?
For the Win 7 start menu, click the black settings icon in the lower right-hand corner of the start menu.
For the Metro start menu, click the title called setting icon.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8. However, you will need Rainmeter 2.5 rainmeter.net/cms/
installed (standard version is recommended but portable may work). Be sure to install the correct version (64-bit or 32-bit) of Rainmeter for your computer.
Yes, this IS in the Window 8 section, but that is b/c it is specifically for Windows 8 users. However, it should also run just as well on those listed previous Windows versions.
The credits section has grown too large and is now viewable in the Settings display of the skin.
- Rainmeter 2.4 and older are NOT supported. This cannot be resolved due to fundamental changes between Rainmeter 2.5 and older versions
- You may have trouble using the portable installation of Rainmeter
- If you have v1.0.3 or older the version checker will not correctly display the latest version, due to changes to this webpage,
- Finish the App Settings Importer
- More Metro-like UI
- Update the small start menu with all the new features
- Move the main download to the Rainmeter section of DeviantART
- New start orbs
- More icon packs
- A Themes section<br / />
- New backgrounds
and much more!
Suggestions, questions, thoughts, and feedback are welcome and encouraged.