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Download Windows 8 Menu for Windows 7 and Customize it, Adding Custom Icons & Menus

Posted by: 20 June 2011 No Comment

Windows 8 is expected to be released by September 2012 and yesterday, we told you people about the Windows 8 theme, and how to get if for Windows 7. Today, we are going to tell you people about the Windows 8 Menu and how to get it for Windows 7. Windows 8 has a tile based menu, you can drag and move your screen like tiles and switch between them. The download link of the Windows 8 menu is given at the end of the post. Once you have downloaded, you will see an orange background. Don’t get confused as your icons will get disappeared. The three icons on the left of the screens won’t work, as some of the features are not yet available in this version.

Win8 Menu 1 Download Windows 8 Menu for Windows 7 and Customize it, Adding Custom Icons & Menus

So, you might be figuring out your way as what to do. Click on the bottom of your screen and slide it up, as shown in the image below to get started.

Win8 Menu 2 Download Windows 8 Menu for Windows 7 and Customize it, Adding Custom Icons & Menus

So, now comes the tile-based interface, you will see Facebook, Twitter and other websites in a form of tiles piled upon each other. The menu is sort of a browser with saved tabs, just like Google Chrome, etc. You can also change the settings, edit tiles on the menu, and change image on the top right of the screen. In the start you will see the menu like the image below.

Win8 Menu Download Windows 8 Menu for Windows 7 and Customize it, Adding Custom Icons & Menus

Open the folder where you have extracted the downloaded item.

To Change User Image

- Open the ‘pics‘ folder and replace the image with name ‘user‘ with your own image. Make sure that you paste a bitmap(.bmp) image. Any other format is not supported.

To Change Icons/Menus

- Open the menu folder, from the folder that you downloaded. The ‘lib‘ folder will contain all the backgrounds for the thumbs, while the ‘thumbs‘ folder will contain all the texts (along with the logo) which is appearing on the screen, example TecRux, Twitter, etc. You will have to make an image of the icon, which you want it to be displayed on the screen. Before your start making icon, please check the dimensions of the icon from the ‘sketch.jpg‘. For best look use a clear and a transparent image, as the background will also appear. Once you have made the icon, paste it and open the ‘source.js‘ file, edit the parameters for the icon. Code shown below:

bookmark[3] =
{
	'title':'TecRux',
	'url':'http://www.tecrux.com/',
	'thumb':'tecrux.png'
};

To Change Browser

From the ‘menu’ folder, you will see ‘index.htm‘ file, set index.htm to open with your favorite browser. Now you are good to use your customized Windows 8 menu on Windows 7.

Win8 Menu Custom Download Windows 8 Menu for Windows 7 and Customize it, Adding Custom Icons & Menus

Win8 Browser Download Windows 8 Menu for Windows 7 and Customize it, Adding Custom Icons & Menus

Multi-Tasking

In order yo use multi-tasking feature, make sure that Aero is enabled. Move your pointer to the left of the screen, a long vertical bar will appear, drag and drop it in the middle, the windows currently opened will be in front of you. This feature is exactly the same as that of Windows 7, where you press Alt+Tab or Windows+Tab to jump between windows.

Some features are still missing in the first release. Settings and Share buttons on the right side of the screen are not operational, when you click on them, you will see ‘Not Yet Implemented‘.

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Download Windows 8 Menu from here.

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