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Start Menu 8

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 69 votes

    • 5 star: 44
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

    4.7 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • My rating:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED! Highly Recommended."

    November 29, 2013  |   By 1PunchKO

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    Allows you to revert back and forth between both GUI screens of the way windows 7 appeared and the way Windows 8 does now with a hot key (simply click Alt-X) as your toggle back and forth between either Win 7 or Win 8. You lose nothing from 8 as far as I can see and just gain the good ol' experience you may be more familiar with in using Windows 7.

    It even changes IE back to it's original format, look and feel when in win7 Shell mode.

    Very Very Cool not to mention FREE! Great job IOBit.

    Cons

    NONE I can see.

    Summary

    Get it. Even for die hard programmers you gain the control and experience of Win 7 when needed and revert back and forth at anytime without restarting any internet connection or program you may be in the middle of.

    Nothing to lose, only gain with this lite utility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Perfect"

    November 21, 2013  |   By travisrow

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    Installs quickly and works great!

    Cons

    None that I have found.

    Summary

    This is fantastic. It is simple and works just like 7. I have used for a while now with no problems or glitches in 8.1

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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome START menu"

    November 17, 2013  |   By Anshul_Bakshi

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    perfectly does its work of a START MENU

    Cons

    sometimes becomes slow

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can We please STOP the complaining Now"

    November 16, 2013  |   By Mr Shaun Warburton

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    This is the old and failure Start menu,

    Cons

    None at all

    Summary

    This is the old and failure Start menu, Before Microsoft in their infinite wisdom, decided to scrap. In Windows8. So can we please get back to working in a familiar environment now. And cut the complaining?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent! Worked well for me."

    November 12, 2013  |   By AndrewMuldoon

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    As I can't bear Microsofts Metro interface this made Windows 8 a workable solution.

    Cons

    None I've found.

    Summary

    It does what it says and does it well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible, breaks your start menu in windows 8.1"

    November 3, 2013  |   By apple-red

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    works ok in windows 8 (windows 8.1 users look in cons)

    Cons

    In windows 8.1 you have a start menu button, an on my pc it made it disappear for about two hours after I un-installed it
    In windows 8.1, it glitches and it's hard to get to your metro screen back.

    Summary

    Don't download on 8.1

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works well for me"

    November 1, 2013  |   By Hermes_Mercury

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    Gives me back a near perfect rendition of the Windows 7 start screen which I much preferred. Made me very happy.

    Cons

    Does still occasionally switch to that awful thing with tiles - whatever they call it - on Windows 8 - when I do the wrong thing, but only a few things trigger that and I've learned to just avoid them.

    Summary

    It's well worth it - now in theory the new Windows upgrade let's you go back to a classic start screen, but I've heard its STILL not as effective as Start8 from friends.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Life saver for Windows 8"

    October 19, 2013  |   By dran001

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    Best free app for Windows 8 that I have.

    Cons

    Missing the Windows 7-style jump lists to the right. I know this is a free app, but I would be willing to pay for this if IOBit offered a version with this feature.

    Summary

    Fast, compact and no extra garbage is installed. If you don't want to install anything else, just unselect it in the installer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tested with Windows 8.1 within VirtualBox"

    October 14, 2013  |   By ejzllanes96

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    Does what it is supposed to do and works really well. And if necessary, you can easily get back to the "Metro" Start

    Cons

    Does not look identical to the original Start menu from Windows 7

    Summary

    For those who are stuck with Windows 8, whether you like it or not...your salvation has arrived for free!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well that solves that."

    October 11, 2013  |   By Revmacd

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.3.0.323

    Pros

    I am the "computer guy" in the family. This just solved SO many complaints at once.

    Cons

    None worth mentioning.

    Summary

    The developer of this app is awesome sauce. Thanks.

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