Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 96 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.0.150
  • Total Downloads:
    4,855,181
  • Date Added:
    June 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    6.98MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    62,321
  • 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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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 96 votes

    • 5 star 67
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 11
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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
    http://fullfreeversion.com/iobit-start-menu-8-for-windows-8-download/

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  • 5 stars

    "Wonderful program"

    September 07, 2014   |   By ExoticJackal

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Easy setup, looks like it fits right in with Windows 8, unlike Classic Shell, I very much love this.

    Cons

    It's not able to be customized with a new background or anything. It'd be really cool if that could be added to this somehow.

    Summary

    Great program, looks beautiful, highly recommend.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick and easy download, easy to use."

    August 14, 2014   |   By ParamoBitar

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Very suitable for me to use, really

    Cons

    I do not have any problem with it

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Program for my needs!"

    August 13, 2014   |   By LampmanTosh

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    This product is very helpful

    Cons

    None, does what i want

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  • 5 stars

    "Used the program for over a year with no problems."

    August 12, 2014   |   By CurrenNuon

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    This product is very helpful

    Cons

    No cons, quite happy with it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simply the only converter you need"

    August 11, 2014   |   By ReeceKillam

    Version: Start Menu 8 1.5.0.150

    Pros

    Very suitable for me to use, really

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.5.0.150
    • Added the feature of recognition invalid shortcuts
    • Added the option to set the number of recent items to display
    • Enhanced the stability & optimized performance
    • Better support for Windows 8.1
    • Fixed the problem that items in start menu can't be seen if they are set to have same font color and background color
    • Fixed general bugs
    General
    Publisher IObit
    Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
    Release Date June 10, 2014
    Date Added June 10, 2014
    Version 1.5.0.150
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 6.98MB
    File Name startmenu-setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 4,855,181
    Downloads Last Week 62,321
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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