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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 140 votes out of 140 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    11,376,938
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 16, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $12.97 to buy
  • File Size:
    11.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,536
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Start Menu 8 is a Windows utility that bypasses Windows 8's tile-based Start screen interface, re-introducing the familiar desktop UI and Start menu from previous versions of Windows.

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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.2.1
  • Fully supported the latest Windows 10 version to perfectly switch between Windows Classic Start Menu and Windows 10 Start Menu
  • Smoother Start Menu launch with much less system resource usage for better customer experience
  • Added Update Automatically feature to get the latest version more quickly and conveniently
  • Optimized search engine for more comprehensive and faster results
  • Fixed the bug of auto-minimizing open windows on some Windows 10 system
  • Fixed the occasional failure of launching Start Menu on Windows 10
  • Supported 37 languages
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date January 16, 2017
Date Added January 16, 2017
Version 4.0.2.1
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8/8.1
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.41MB
File Name sm8-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,376,938
Downloads Last Week 1,536
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $12.97

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