Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 76 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0
File Size:
6.98MB
Date Added:
January 28, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows/8
Total Downloads:
3,857,749
Downloads Last Week:
96,589
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star: 49
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current Version:

    4.4

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5 stars

    "This is an awesome program"

    July 08, 2014   |   By NealSachs

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    This is for novice as well as professionals and the best of all its user friendly

    Cons

    It doesn't have any cons.

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  • 5 stars

    "Has every useful function"

    July 07, 2014   |   By CheakFarah

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Has every useful function

    Cons

    Not too many words to say.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and efficient"

    July 02, 2014   |   By BeebeMaye

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Tiny, powerful, easy to use.

    Cons

    Not too many words to say

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  • 1 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS"

    June 26, 2014   |   By jdhillaustin

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Once I saw that downloading this program also downloaded 4 other adware programs, I didn't take the opportunity to see if there is anything good about it.

    Cons

    When you download this program, you also download 4 other programs that are adware programs of some sort. You immediately start getting popups and your anti-malware software starts flagging all kinds of things. It might be a good program for restoring the Start menu, but it isn't worth all the hassle of the popups and other bad things which come with it.

    Summary

    Don't download this program unless you want to deal with popups and adware/malware.

    Updated on Jun 26, 2014

    Again: don't download this program unless you want popups and adware/malware.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very User friendly"

    June 26, 2014   |   By StairsTroll

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Very good for home usage.meets all my needs

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "Yes, a very good thing"

    June 24, 2014   |   By AmbrosiusGiancarlo

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    There are good

    Cons

    There's nothing bad

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  • 5 stars

    "Good review."

    June 23, 2014   |   By SilviaSedgwick

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    For those who want the start menu back, this looks like a good deal.
    However, IMO, in some ways, the start screen is better than the classic start menu.

    Cons

    Apps like these are creating a split ecosystem, IMO, Windows 8 should be experienced the way it comes from Microsoft. The new start screen perfectly compensates for the old-style start menu.

    Summary

    There's a reason Microsoft did not put the old start menu in Windows 8.
    These applications create a schizophrenic user experience -- people who don't use the new start screen, will never get comfortable with it. i don't mean these people don't know how to navigate the new UI, i'm sure they do, but there's a difference between "i know how to do it", and "i am comfortable doing it", comfort comes with practice. They will always complain how terrible the new UI is. And people who use the new start screen, will have a very different user experience than the ones who don't. This divide, serves no good.

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  • 1 stars

    "Used to be good... ver 1.5 not so much"

    June 20, 2014   |   By Spike715

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Look and feel of W7

    Cons

    Ver 1.5 slowed my W8.1 way down. It put extra bloatware (Advanced System Care) on even though I clicked not to do it. Tried to go back but must have had later version than 1.1 (ver 1.1 is way buggy!).
    Finally just dumped SM8 and am struggling (again) with W8.1 UI

    Summary

    If you have a version of Startmenu 8 that works, don't upgrade. The good didn't get better, it got worse... just like the W7 -> W8 transition. What ever happened to, "If it works, don't fix it."?

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