Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 105 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    5,766,284
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 28, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    11.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    159,495
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Out with the old and in with the new... but some old habits die hard. Unfortunately, this tagline isn't for an upcoming action flick, but rather the critical reception of Windows 8. There are still plenty of incentives for users to upgrade their OS (especially for all you XP folks... seriously?) and maybe IOBit's solution might just be what the doctor ordered to get many past the tipping point.

Start Menu 8 emulates the classic Windows 7 start menu, both in style and function. Pressing the windows key will open the menu and display a list of folder shortcuts on the right, a search bar on the bottom, and a list of program folders for easy access to all your applications. For the most part, Start Menu 8 looks, acts, and tastes like the old Start button, but also comes with a few tweaks and enhancements.

You can customize individual components of the menu. Want to set a shortcut to open in a new window or a popup? Done deal. Still want access to the default Start Screen without uninstallation? Simply press Alt+X, or set a custom hotkey instead. You can even change the Start button graphic to another image of your choice and deactivate the charms bar. This level of customization is important because at the end of the day, Start Menu 8 distinguishes itself from competitive apps by the way it enhances the Windows 8 experience, instead of just a simple nostalgic imitation.

However, there are also some elements in which Start Menu 8 falls short. Notably, the apps that are downloaded from the Windows store are noticeably absent so any apps that reside in the Modern UI Start screen will only be accessible from there. The native Start screen gives users access to both so this is a bit of a letdown. But then again, for the attractive price of 0.00, it's something we can live with.

Start Menu 8 is download worthy: it has enough encouraging features to cater towards both older and newer crowds and significant levels of customization to uniquely meet user needs. And though I encourage users to really engage with Microsoft's latest iteration, it's undeniable that having a convenient option to switch between the two at a whim has been rather pleasant. Give it a go and see for yourself.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 105 votes

    • 5 star 71
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 16
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5 stars

"If you miss the start button it's here"

April 24, 2013  |  By zextron

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Works fine. It's free. Works fine also on Windows Server 2012.

Cons

Did not find any.

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4 stars

"Works almost perfect."

April 23, 2013  |  By Oggiwara1

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

This program works almost perfectly. Great app for the price of 0000,00 money.

Cons

The only negative is that I can not start the Net Speed program from the start menu. Still have to open/start it directly from the program folder. But that's a minor drawback.

Summary

A great app for the price with only(so far) 1 minor issue which is the reason why I rate it "only" 4 star.

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4 stars

"Not quite perfect"

April 21, 2013  |  By ptknapp2

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

It does practically everything the old start button did, including Shutdown, which at least on competitor doesn't. And it's free with no bugs to upgrade.

Cons

Missing is the right-click 'send to desktop' option. Also insists on opening in lower left corner where the old Start was located. I would prefer to open in the middle of the desktop.

Summary

Good enough until a better free one comes along.

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5 stars

"Start Menu 8 Rocks! ... it's all good news!"

April 09, 2013  |  By Zoltani

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Windows 8 with Start Menu 8 UI is like a bicycle with training wheels. After installing this novel "free" download, I find that I wouldn't consider going back to any previous version of Windows. Start Menu 8 is elegant in its simplicity. Computer now boots up to the familiar "Windows 7 like desktop UI" and has the "Start" tab.

After researching the available fixes for Windows 8, e.g., "Start 8" "Classic Shell," and "StartIsBack," I choose "Start Menu 8." It is easy to use and it was developed by iObit, so it'd done right!

Cons

NONE - Download it now, so you can learn to like/love Windows 8

http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

Summary

Brings back to good features of previous Windows OS -- "Start" button and familiar "Desktop" display for those who care about productivity.

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1 stars

"Scary product or was it just my computer"

April 07, 2013  |  By tabpclover

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Emulates Start Button well- but right from the word go I felt cheated.

Cons

Soon after installing the product.
- An automatic program called " "Advanced SystemCare Ultimate" piggybacked and installed on my computer

- I immediately tried to uninstall the program " "Advanced SystemCare Ultimate"

- Next first time in the history of my using computers "NORTON VANISHED" in thin air

- When I tried to uninstall the "start Menu 8" I couldnt believe my eyes- only 2 programs showed in the program list and startmenu 8 was not one of them. Norton was ofcourse gone and also gone was FIrefox. Amazingly I still had firefox as I had the icon on desktop and could use it but it was not showing in the program list.

- Next my startup slowed and my graphic driver started taking upto 2 minutes to load up (not sure whether this occurred or I started noticing this anomaly (it is an old system)

I am also amazed that none others except one reviewer noticed this aspect.


- At this moment I am reinstalling my Windows 8 !!

Summary

I am surprised that this has not been disclosed that there is a piggyback program. Reminds me of an old Greek story in Troy.

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4 stars

"Great app..but comes with something unexpected!!"

March 23, 2013  |  By Scott-01929

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Looks and functions just like the Start Menu in Windows Vista (which I previously had a my OS (Operating System.) I like it!!

Cons

Got an unexpected second app called "Advanced SystemCare Ultimate," which is some sort of security system for the PC. There was no way I could have stopped this second app. It rides "piggyback" to the Start Menu 8 app. But if you need to
the security app, (which I did,) it is fairly easily to do. I was just a bit surprised to see it. There should be a some sort of disclosure that notifies the consumer that the security app comes automatically with this download. Shame! Shame! IObit

Summary

The app itself is GREAT!! but just be aware of the "extra" app that you get along with this one.

Updated on Mar 23, 2013

PLEASE NOTE: Under the "cons" section of this review..it should read.."if you need to UNINSTALL the security app..."

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5 stars

"Highly recommend this for REAL PC users."

March 19, 2013  |  By scifiwriter

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Extremely easy to set up and oh yes, it does look and feel just like the old Windows 7 Start menu. Microsoft! What were you guys thinking? This program runs great. Now my desktop goes right to the desktop after I log in like a DESKTOP should. App crap should be the option, not the default. IT ISN'T A #$&&$# CELL PHONE! These guys did a nice job.

Cons

No cons that I have found so far.

Summary

I highly recommend this for real PC users.

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5 stars

"Great program"

February 14, 2013  |  By cliffmo1

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Brings Windows 7 functionality back for those who don't really care for the Windows 8 environment

Cons

nada, don't have anything negative to say

Summary

recommend for all who like win7

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4 stars

"Exactly what I was looking for."

February 11, 2013  |  By ABanx

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

I got my old-school Start Menu back, sample look and style that blends well w/ Win8. I like the Classic Start Menu because I like to group my programs and access them quickly and I don't like to clutter my desktop.

Cons

There's some extra room. I turned off some things like "Printers" and "Run..." but the space where they would be is still there but blank.

Summary

I'm on a computer not a tablet and my screen isn't a touch screen. The Start/Apps screen is completely useless to me. I use my computer for designing and writing, I need to get to my programs. I hate Windows 8, its designed for people that just wanna watch videos and play web games.

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4 stars

"It works great."

February 06, 2013  |  By tyrmyte

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.0

Pros

Like I said it works great. Looks just like win 7. Also allows you to customize your start menu.

Cons

I had to search for the setting option to put some win8 things back to normal. Once I found it I felt like a dope.

Summary

Get it, it's worth every free penny.

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General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date January 28, 2013
Date Added January 28, 2013
Version 1.0
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.23MB
File Name startmenu-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,766,284
Downloads Last Week 159,495
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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