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Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 132 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.3.0.200
  • Total Downloads:
    8,975,296
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 26, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    20,250
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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4 stars

"I used it on my Windows 8 and 8.1 and now on 10"

August 27, 2015  |  By Fred_Geerlof

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.200

Pros

Startmenu is back said microsoft and it did but and its nice, but 'startmenu 8' is more advanced.

Cons

I think you should called it startmenu 10

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3 stars

"Comparible with Win10"

August 12, 2015  |  By cracktech1

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.2.0.48

Pros

I used this on Win 8.1 which I find it to be most suitable on but now on Win10 it doesnt have compatibilty issues but the start menu are slightly different menu although it says it is compatible with win10

Cons

On 3 of my 4 Home PCs there is NO "switch to Modern UI" in start menu. I have tried reinstalling / uninstall with the best unistallers but the "swith to modern UI" doesnt appears and is it by coincidence that these 3 PC are 32bit machines??
I would have given 5 stars if it is on Win8.1 but on Win10. NO!

Summary

"Switdch to Modern UI" option doesnt appear on 32bit Win10 PC

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4 stars

"Very User Friendly"

August 06, 2015  |  By DGates

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.2.0.48

Pros

With updates it improves

Cons

None to mention

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3 stars

"question for this"

June 11, 2015  |  By griffragy13626

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.2.0.48

Pros

unknown for this

Cons

unknown for this

Summary

does this bring back the start button and has the search with it.???

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4 stars

"It's OK, but there are better alternatives"

May 30, 2015  |  By pro_downloader

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.2.0.48

Pros

It works for the most part, but feels a little sluggish and unnatural compared to the original start menu of Windows 7.

Cons

After trying several start menu programs, I found a better alternative. I won't name it here, but I'm sure that you'll find it if you'll look for it.

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5 stars

"Great Program! Great Support"

May 13, 2015  |  By Guyfrom Worcester MA

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.2.0.36

Pros

I had a problem after rebuilding system software for windows 8.1 Advance System Pro 8 when reinstalled had a problem with a Toolbox App. Instead of sending me useless email links, we worked together by running tools they provided and I returned results. They kept me updated almost daily and they resolved the problem.

Most Vendors would give you a refund and say sorry and not resolve issue.
Been using it prior to incident for 6 months love it.
Start Menu is great just like XP days

Cons

To many Popups to purchase add-ons. Most worth the price and feature. You wait long enough they discount. Cut out the nickel diming put the add-ons in one package, discounted price and stop the popups.

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4 stars

"Good Software"

April 24, 2015  |  By jodi8976

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.1.0.1

Pros

Helps get around the non start button on win8

Cons

Not much really

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5 stars

"Love It! Wow wow"

April 17, 2015  |  By qtraderwilson

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.1.0.1

Pros

Just like the old days. I feel like I am using XP!

Cons

None yet.... seems perfect

Summary

Great ... If you want what should have been in windows 8 in the first place.

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2 stars

"great product for windows 8 and 8.1 but with one flaw!"

March 12, 2015  |  By Perry32a

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.1.0.0

Pros

A lot easier than the current startup menu that came with windows 8 and 8.1

Cons

Reported malware on some pcs. Was able to remove all malware through add/remove programs and use malwarebytes to clean up the malware as best it can. Make sure you have a good antivirus program even if malware hits you with a blunt force.

Summary

I end up giving it two stars because of the malware problem. When installing the product make sure you do not install all the freebees that came with it. also watch out for pop ups for updating this product or some unusual behavior.

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5 stars

"Start Menu 8 and Windows 8.1 go hand in hand"

March 07, 2015

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.1.0.0

Pros

This button makes Windows 8.1 really what it should have been.
It's small, it's simple and compact.
And with the constant updates, it just gets better and better.
And seeing how it's free, there is no reason not to download this!
Absolute must.

Cons

I seriously have no problems with this program.

Summary

A fast, easy to use star menu that doesn't overshadow the vision of Windows 8.1.
It makes it my favourite windows to use.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.3.0.200
  • Added some advanced settings to help you customize your Windows 10.
  • Added support for Modern app's icon background color adjusting automatically along with the Windows 10 Theme color.
  • Added option to show or hide the latest game or software news.
  • Added option "Delete" in right-click menu for the items on the right panel of start menu.
  • Added Bosnian version.
  • Optimized the UI to be much user-friendly.
  • Fixed general bugs.
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date August 26, 2015
Date Added August 26, 2015
Version 2.3.0.200
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8/8.1
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.03MB
File Name sm8-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 8,975,296
Downloads Last Week 20,250
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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