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I plan to make a replacement for the Windows 7 start menu, and I would like to know if that's even possible. I understand that the start menu is part of explorer.exe but I do not intend to replace explorer.exe.

  1. Is it possible to launch the replacement start menu by clicking the native start orb?

  2. Is it also possible to launch the replacement by pressing the Windows key or ctrl+esc ?

  3. Is the Windows key a macro for ctrl+esc ? or is it two different hotkeys that do the same thing?

  4. May I know if there is any software that do any one of these things?

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I'm quite happy with Classic Shell. As for your 3rd question, AFAIK they're two hotkeys for the same action.

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I'm going to have to test this first before I approve your answer. – Subaru Tashiro Oct 7 '12 at 16:26
I just noticed that I posted the wrong link. I'm actually using Classic Shell, not Classic Start Menu. It's fixed now. Sumimasen deshita. – Ansgar Wiechers Oct 7 '12 at 16:58
It's alright, I'm kinda busy right now and I haven't tried it yet. I'll have to get back on this some other time. I apologize. – Subaru Tashiro Oct 7 '12 at 17:46
I have tried it and it is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you very much. – Subaru Tashiro Oct 7 '12 at 17:52

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