Suppose you don’t like the Windows 8 Start Screen and want Windows 8 to boot straight to the desktop, then, Thinix Retro UI is for you.
Install the app, and your Windows 8 desktop or laptop will go from the boot splash animation directly to the old familiar desktop and taskbar. It costs you just $4.95 for a three-license pack for home use and for business use it’s $4.95 per system.
Apart from skipping the Start Screen, Retro UI can also disable a trio of modern Windows 8 features: the Charms Bar, hot corners, and Task Switcher. The company also assures that the software is spyware and adware free, makes no modifications to the Windows 8 core that would compromise its security, and that it’s enterprise friendly — allowing corporations to quickly migrate to Windows 8 without having to bother with expensive re-training for staff.
There’s one feature that’s missing: the Start Menu. Getting at the desktop isn’t all that hard in Windows 8. Just tap the Windows key + D or click a pinned app on your Start Screen that runs on the Desktop, and you’re there.
The missing Start Menu is a bigger issue, and you’ll need to pony up for MyMashup to get a comprehensive solution from Thinix. No pricing has been revealed for the more full-featured app, and it’s still considered an alpha release.