Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 101 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.0.207
  • Total Downloads:
    5,439,515
  • Date Added:
    November 18, 2014
  • File Size:
    11.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    139,001
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 8/8.1

Editors' Review

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Start Menu 8 recaptures the navigation structure that you are familiar with from Windows 7. The Windows 8 interface, called Metro, did away with the Start button and replaced it with the flat-paneled menu used on Windows phones and tablets.

Pros

A familiar interface: The Start button and menu has been a mainstay of Windows since Windows '95. In Windows 8, Microsoft decided to do something new, but the truth is that it is hard to adjust to something new after so long. Start Menu 8 resurrects that old interface to make navigation familiar again.

Stylistic options: Start Menu 8 lets you completely customize your new Start button. First, you can choose what you want the button itself to look like. You can either select a button that looks like the classic Windows 7 button, or opt for something more modern that looks like it fits in with the Windows 8 style.

Customized menu: When you walk through the setup process with Windows 8, you can select exactly what you want to have included in the menu. This lets you keep it basic and only include your most commonly used items, or comprehensive so you can navigate through your entire system from the menu. A great addition is the ability to incorporate a menu for your Windows 8 Metro apps.

Cons

Time to set up: The only real drawback is that it took a fair bit of time to set up exactly the way that we wanted it. A few presets or similar quick-start options might have minimized the time it took to get going.

Bottom Line

This program takes only a few minutes until you're returned to a more familiar interface. You can customize the menu exactly as you want, so you can either have a menu just like the one in Windows 7, or you can create your own customized option.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Doesn't look up installed programs, it searches on disk"

November 28, 2014  |  By Dr.Wrestler

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

Look is the same as 7.

Cons

Doesn't look up installed programs, it searches on disk for files which I of course don't primarily want.

Summary

Doesn't look up installed programs, it searches on disk for files which I of course don't primarily want. When I enter something to the search bar, I want it to look for installed programs or more precise for links to installed programs. That is why this program is useless to me.

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1 stars

"Caused serious disruption of HP laptop cursor control"

November 24, 2014  |  By gonedigital

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

When it worked without interfering with the laptop, it was fine.

Cons

When using a 9 month old HP Envy 15" laptop with 1TB SSD 12 gb memory and lots of nice features, the mouse cursor would begin to jump all over and get to the point rapidly where I had to power down by pulling the battery. I worked with HP for a long time, shut off all startup apps and had the laptop scheduled for repair when it dawned on me to remove Start Menu 8. After doing so, with no other changes, the problems disappeared. I run a small oceanographic software company and am probably a notch or three above the average PC user, but reinstalling and having the problem again after no problems for a couple weeks, I am convinced there was some adverse interaction caused by the software. Now I also run many programs at once, including our own custom software, but the issue only appeared in MS Word, Excel, File Explorer and Access. I know some HP laptops of this breed have had problems with jumpy mouse cursors, but again, I spent a huge amount of time on my own and with HP on this.

Summary

If you install this program and your mouse jumps around like crazy, uninstall the program and get a different one. Shame on Microsoft for making Windows 8 like they did so that we have to resort to software like this.

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5 stars

"It did just great."

November 11, 2014  |  By retireck

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.206

Pros

Very easy to use and very thorough.

Cons

I can honestly say none.

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1 stars

"Contains Adware-OpenCandy"

November 11, 2014  |  By jackctiv

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.206

Pros

Free - sort of

Cons

Is Adware. OpenCandy may/does send user-specific information ... without obtaining adequate user consent.

Summary

Webroot A/V shut this installation down less than a second after I clicked to install it. I am a little concerned because I thought all Cnet downloads were guaranteed to be free of Viruses and Adware.

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5 stars

"Great product, fast and easy"

November 10, 2014  |  By wiretapdj

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.206

Pros

The program works very well. Easy to use for you!

Cons

Nothing, its a great program!

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5 stars

"is excellent better than window 8 very useful"

October 10, 2014  |  By adelbe64

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

Pros

no pros to report

Cons

no cons to report

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4 stars

"Missing Windows feature"

October 06, 2014  |  By RogerCol1

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

Pros

It does what you need. It also looks very good. I will not use the much hated "Metro" start page (who's idea was that?). Somebody else had to make this instead of Microsoft, to fix Windows poor Interface. Thank you developer.

Cons

I've yet to find any cons.

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5 stars

"Great Product. Does exactly what is says"

September 24, 2014  |  By Lemslip

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

Pros

Easy to customise
No ads in your face

Cons

Noe. Does exactly what I need

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5 stars

"Excellent! Does just what I need it to do, and no more."

September 21, 2014  |  By bevinchu

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

Pros

Excellent! Does just what I need it to do, and no more.
Clean looking graphics. Seems to load much faster than Classic Shell.

Cons

Some consider the lack of options a con. I don't. Most of the options I don't really need. All I really needed was the start menu to look like the Windows 7 start menu. So, no cons really.

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5 stars

"More than awesome application"

September 16, 2014  |  By fullfreeversion

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

Pros

Windows was looking incomplete without start menu download.cent made this easy to complete and it is working great

Cons

Windows was looking incomplete without start menu download.cent made this easy to complete and it is working great

Summary

Windows was looking incomplete without start menu download.cent made this easy to complete and it is working great
like another post i visited is also awesome
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.6.0.207
  • Enhanced the stability of the program
  • Added Catalan and Ukrainian languages
  • Fixed general bugs
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date November 18, 2014
Date Added November 18, 2014
Version 1.6.0.207
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.23MB
File Name startmenu-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,439,515
Downloads Last Week 139,001
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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