Start Killer

Start Killer

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    19,521
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 26, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    203.36KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Sometimes the smallest desktop modifications can make a huge difference. That's certainly the case with Start Killer. Hiding the Windows Start menu doesn't seem like such a big deal, but getting rid of this not-particularly-necessary button can actually free up a lot of space on your Taskbar. Start Killer can hide and unhide your Start menu easily, ensuring that it's there when you need it and gone when you don't.

Start Killer is based on the premise that most people don't actually need the Start button on their desktop, since the Start menu can also be easily accessed using the Windows key on the keyboard or Ctrl-Esc. When Start Killer is first launched it places an icon in the system tray; right-clicking on it reveals options to load the program on startup, hide the system tray icon, and disable the Start menu entirely. When the program is running the Start button is hidden, helping to reduce clutter in your Taskbar and make room for windows you're actually using. If you need to access the Start button again, simply right-click the icon and exit. That's really all there is to Start Killer--there's no Help file and there are other features--but we like it for its simplicity. We think it's a great desktop modification if you frequently have a lot of windows open and could use some extra space in your task tray.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Handy Program If You Need It"

September 09, 2011  |  By Eddoom

 |  Version: Start Killer 3.2

Pros

Like the author above, I am too a minimalist when it comes to my desktop but I hide the taskbar and menu bars. I see no use to display either. This program is works very well though.

Cons

None cons that I can think of except it is kind of unnecessary.

Summary

Great for minimalists like me.

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5 stars

"Nifty Little Program"

September 07, 2011  |  By brw36027

 |  Version: Start Killer 3.2

Pros

Does what it says. Working perfectly on Win7 x64

Cons

None so far.

Summary

I was pleasantly surprised when I found this program. I am an avid minimalist when it comes to my desktop and this utility has definitely found a place in my heart. Be aware that it will ask if it can install additional software (toolbar, etc...) I simply unchecked that option and continued with the install.

Updated on Sep 13, 2011

In response to DBone20's question, Task Manager indicates it is using 244k of memory.

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4 stars

"It does it's job."

June 09, 2011  |  By Datalyss

 |  Version: Start Killer 3.1

Pros

Does what it's supposed to...on 32-bit versions of Windows.

Cons

Doesn't work on 64-bit Windows.

Summary

The 64-bit version of Start Killer is available via the Tordex site.

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4 stars

"I have it set to load at startup."

January 03, 2011  |  By jayscalf

 |  Version: Start Killer 3.1

Pros

Gives you an extra space iin the taskbar. (it is based on the assumption that all modern keyboards have a "Windows" button.)

Cons

Uses a modest 4448KB to suppress the Start button.

Summary

This is undoubtablely one of the more useful of the cosmetic tweaks because the task bar does get filled up quickly. I have used this for several years and it does not contain virus/spyware, but you will have to add to ignore/whitelist on most virus/malware programs. It would have been nice if it didin't ave to stay in memory at all, but my research of XP documentation has not yeilded any indication that Windows supports this by a simple registry switch.

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

August 22, 2008  |  By Datalyss

 |  Version: Start Killer 2.3

Pros

Does exactly what it says, no more, no less.

Cons

None whatsoever.

Summary

Since "My Start Button" (which let's you change the name of the Start button) doesn't work with XPs "Classic" theme, I decide to download this to hide the Start button altogether.

To access the menu, I just press the Win key (the one with the Windows logo) on my Dell keyboard.

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5 stars

"Now that is slick"

October 17, 2004

 |  Version: Start Killer 2.3

Summary

The "Start Menu" has annoyed since two days after Windows 95 was released. While the menu has evolved into a more useful too with future releases, now I have customized so much that the Start Button is rarely used. "Start Killer" is just what I was looking for.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
  • Added Windows 8.1 support
  • Can used as portable
  • Added command line parameters to manage Start Killer
General
Publisher Tordex
Publisher web site http://www.tordex.com
Release Date December 25, 2013
Date Added December 26, 2013
Version 5.0
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 203.36KB
File Name startkiller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,521
Downloads Last Week 5
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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