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Start Killer

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Handy Program If You Need It"

    September 9, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nifty Little Program"

    September 7, 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "It does it's job."

    June 9, 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "I have it set to load at startup."

    January 3, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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