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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:12 pm 

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I am currently experimenting with programming my own custom "taskbar", so I would like to have my own button to lanuch the StartMenu.

My attempt is to develop a simple taskbar like windows 95 in windows 10 :D.
So far I implemented:
* simple access to 'Run' dialog (no need to use Ctrl+Shift+Esc to run taskmgr before)
* bring some running application window to front (restore from minimized state if needed) using my own buttons

Would it be possible to popup the Classic Start Menu in an other way than clicking the Start Button in explorer.exe?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:47 am 
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No such supported method but you can try:
C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe -nohook

However note that it is unsupported. It is only for troubleshooting, not everyday use.

Particularly after version 3.9.0, -nohook parameter does not work in all cases and can cause performance issues.

For proper functioning, Classic Shell needs to inject its DLL into Explorer.exe.

Links to some general topics:

Compare Start Menus

Read the Search box usage guide.

I am a Windows enthusiast and helped a little with Classic Shell's testing and usability/UX feedback.

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