Fix the Start Menu in Windows 10, Microsoft!
8/29/2015 1:05 PM
A month after launch, and the Start Menu remains horribly broken. Have over 256 program items? You'll probably find some are now missing in Window 10's Start Menu, and Cortana isn't going to find them either!
How can you tell how many items should be showing up in your start menu? Try this:
- Bring up the Start menu and search for Windows Powershell
- Run Windows Powershell
- Run the command "Get-StartApps | measure" (without the quotes) in the command window
Supposedly, there is a fix in the works but that was three weeks ago and a large number of updates ago. The basic issue was originally described as a problem for users with more than 512 items, but many users report missing items even when PowerShell Get-StartApps reports less than 512 (but typically more than 256).
This is, of course, on top of the minor annoyance of the way Microsoft flattened the Start Menu structure in Windows 8, which is still not "fixed" in Windows 10, either (resulting in some folders having multiple anonymous "Uninstall" links that normally would have been nested under their own sub-folders) - Though Microsoft's OWN PRODUCTS continue to use nested Start Menu folders (See Visual Studio 2015 and Office 2013). Developers, graphic designers and other professionals often have far more than 512 items, and many prefer to have them nested into a sub-folder tree to organize them better. Microsoft's dumb "flattening" does nothing for productivity and from a developer's perspective, actually is more complex to code.
Now we have missing items, which the Search Box and Cortana also fail to see. Funny thing is, install Classic Shell or Start10, and everything becomes visible again. Of course, you lose the spiffy "Start Screen" hybrid menu that Microsoft feels is so important to the user experience (Though Start10 does have a Windows 10 style menu option).
When will Microsoft fix this? It's NOT a small issue... this is a significant problem that affects a lot of people. It's also not acceptable - Microsoft created this new menu system for no discernable productivity gain - a choice of style over substance in that was part of the unfortunate Windows 8 design process to change the desktop into a mobile-style environment. Worse is the arbitrary limitation on the number of items, which as a developer, demonstrates incredibly poor software engineering skills.
Please, Microsoft, FIX THIS ISSUE.