Start8

Start8 Beta 1.17

Bring back the start menu without giving up the Modern UI

Start8 is a customization application that brings back the traditional Windows start menu without compromising using the Windows 8 Modern UI start screen. View full description

PROS

  • Great compromise between Modern UI and traditional start menu
  • Useful customizations
  • Wide Windows 8 or traditional Windows 7 start menu
  • Automatically matches the color of your task bar

CONS

  • 30 day trial

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Start8 is a customization application that brings back the traditional Windows start menu without compromising using the Windows 8 Modern UI start screen.

Many people will be confused by Windows 8's new Modern UI. Start8 will bring back the start menu you know and love while still giving you full access to the Windows 8 Modern UI. When you select the Windows 7 style start menu, you'll feel right at home if you've been using Windows Vista or 7, although there's no 'Aero' transparency. If you select the Windows 8 style in Start8, you'll be given a Modern UI style app list.

While other Windows 8 start menu replacement apps try to hide the Modern UI from users, Start8 gives you a choice of how to activate it. Since many features in Windows 8 rely on having the Modern UI, it's great that Start8 provides this flexibility. For example, you can set what clicking the Start8 icon activates or what the Windows key on the keyboard activates.

Overall, Start8 is one of the best Windows 8 start menu replacements apps, offering a great compromise between the traditional and Modern UI start menus.

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Start8 Beta 1.17

— User reviews — about Start8

  • Alessandro17

    by Alessandro17

    "It does what it promises. "

    It does what it promises. Together with ClassicStarter gives you a desktop experience almost identical to Windows 7 Onl... More.

    reviewed on September 2, 2012