For those Windows enthusiasts want to try out Windows 8 Metro Start Menu on Windows 7, here is a windows 8 UI utility called NewGen. A Windows 8 UI Metro style launcher that brings Metro Start Menu of Windows 8 to desktop PCs running Windows Vista and Windows 7. Plus more, Windows 8 Metro UI start menu features that includes are Windows 8 side menu start search, full-screen support, widgets options, etc.
Newgen General Description from Codeplex
Newgen is an application that brings the new Metro UI to your desktop. It is a set of live widgets that shows some content from the web and some from your PC. Newgen supports WPF, HTML5, and HTML widgets.
Newgen – Windows 8 Metro UI Start Menu on Windows 7 Features :
- Support for HTML widgets
- Launch your favourite apps and webs in one click
- Customize as you want
- Switch to your opened apps, in just few clicks
- Get Windows 8 Metro UI to your desk
- Play your videos and music, view your pictures without opening them
- Get your tweets, mails and weather reports in front of your eye, just sitting
- Provides easy-to-use API for Widget developers
- Get updates from us without navigating our site
Once installed Newgen on Windows Vista or Windows 7, a good-looking Metro style start menu will appearing, where you can start adding tiles, widgets and direct links to websites of your choice. By default, it will adds clock widget to your desktop but you can add as many widgets as you want from Start Menu present at extreme right side of the screen. Or you can alternatively select pin application and Pin websites to add application and website widgets to desktop respectively.
Meanwhile, the full-screen mode is disabled by default. You can enable it from Options window accessible from side menu. Here, you can also change default widget color, disable widget animation and windows thumbnails bar.
If you want to activate Windows 8 metro start menu UI with NewGen, make sure your computer is equipped with .Net framework 4.0.