How to get the Start menu back in Windows 8

Editors' note: This story was originally published on August 20, 2012. It has been updated several times since then to include additional programs and other details, most recently with Start Menu Reviver on May 15, 2013.

Still miss the classic Start menu in Windows 8? Never fear, alternatives are here.

Microsoft lopped off the Start menu in Windows 8 to force people to use the Start screen. And I'll admit it, the Start screen does offers several benefits.

Live Tiles can clue you in to the latest e-mails, appointments, news, and other information. You can easily search for any … Read more

How to bring the Start menu back to Windows 8

For Windows 8 beta users still yearning for the good, old-fashioned Start menu in Windows 8, StartMenu7 is one utility that can bring it back.

Initially designed to replace and enhance the Start menu in Windows 7 and prior versions, StartMenu7 (aka StartMenuX) can pull a similar trick in Windows 8. Designed for a PC or touch-screen device, this utility is available as both a free version and a paid $19.99 pro version, so you can try out the freebie first.

After installation, the software displays an icon in the lower left corner of the desktop. Click on the … Read more

Start me up

Like most Windows users, we've gotten used to the Windows Start menu, and we hardly even think about how annoying it can sometimes be to navigate. Start Menu 7 improves on the default Start menu design by making this important piece of Windows navigation more intuitive and useful.

Start Menu 7 replaces the default Start menu with a similar layout that has some distinctly different characteristics. There are four skins to choose from, and we didn't find any of them to be particularly attractive; Start Menu 7 is rather utilitarian in appearance. But what the program lacks in … Read more