Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 108 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.0.323
  • Total Downloads:
    5,835,481
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 30, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    82,311
  • 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

    4.7

    out of 12 votes

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

    4.2

    out of 108 votes

    • 5 star 73
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 16
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5 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 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 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 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 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 stars

"Terrible, breaks your start menu in windows 8.1"

November 03, 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 stars

"Works well for me"

November 01, 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.3.0.323
  • Version 1.3.0.323:
  • Fully supported Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Improved the UI
  • Fixed the bug of shortcut
  • Fixed general bugs
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date September 30, 2013
Date Added September 30, 2013
Version 1.3.0.323
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.41MB
File Name startmenu-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,835,481
Downloads Last Week 82,311
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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