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Start Menu 8

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Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 142 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    11,283,329
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 16, 2017
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    11.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,097
  • 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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User Reviews
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3 stars

"seak attack on once free app"

January 06, 2017  |  By eagleeye113

2017-01-06 06:30:51  |  By eagleeye113

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 4.0.1.2

Pros

Returns the more usable Windows 8 menu while also permitting the new Windows 10 as an option. I've very pleased with hos this program works.

Cons

No longer free.

Summary

IOBit products work well, but the company has overly aggressive marketing. Their uninstaller removed my free version of Start Menu without warning and did not replace it. I had to download a new version, only during installation to discover that it is just a 30 day trial now. They also install Advanced System Care every couple of months without notice.

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3 stars

"BEWARE: this is no longer freeware"

December 11, 2016  |  By Neil Prague

2016-12-11 15:19:22  |  By Neil Prague

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 4.0.1.2

Pros

It's an excellent program to bring back the Start Menu in Windows 8
Quite good customer service

Cons

Rather sneaky tactics from IOBit

Summary

Start Menu 8 has always been freeware. The cost of that is that you have to be careful when installing, as you can end up with a load of unwanted programs sneaked in under the door. Still, anyone smart enough to find a program like this is probably savvy enough to avoid the piggybacked programs or at least uninstall them immediately.

Version 4 is now out, and this is NOT freeware. That's fine - anyone who makes a reliable program to banish the dreaded Metro screen deserves to be paid, but they should tell you that the program is no longer freeware. If you update to version 4 you'll get a trial version with an activation link, which leads to the sales page for purchasing a licence.

I think this is rather sneaky. Fortunately I still have the installer for the free version 3, and have reverted to that. Some day I may stump up the (reasonable) cost for the new version to reward IOBit for helping us avoid the stupidities of Windows 8, but I'm annoyed enough that I don't feel like doing so just yet.

You have been warned!

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5 stars

"Simple and efficient"

August 18, 2016  |  By GamblerZou

2016-08-18 20:01:31  |  By GamblerZou

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 3.1.0.3

Pros

It was very easy to use. Quickly and easy to install.

Cons

I am using,has not found a bad.

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5 stars

"It's easy to learn how to use it."

February 22, 2016  |  By RootsBellflower

2016-02-22 18:55:35  |  By RootsBellflower

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 3.0.0.1

Pros

Worked well did what I wanted. As freeware, its output is great

Cons

Nothing inconvenient.

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1 stars

"Stay Away - Virus Payload - How does CNET recommend?"

November 14, 2015  |  By ntrpriz1701e

2015-11-14 06:38:57  |  By ntrpriz1701e

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.201

Pros

None since it contains a virus

Cons

Virus laden

Summary

Norton picked it out immediately but lots of other web sites say it is ok. But it is not...

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5 stars

"Great product, fast and easy"

October 25, 2015  |  By NikolasDanforth

2015-10-25 23:42:12  |  By NikolasDanforth

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.201

Pros

Very needful application for my computer.

Cons

It doesn't have any cons.

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5 stars

"Free and Easy!"

October 25, 2015  |  By JossSova

2015-10-25 23:36:32  |  By JossSova

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.201

Pros

Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

Cons

Not found yet. So far it fully satisfies my needs

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5 stars

"Free and Easy!"

October 22, 2015  |  By BasilioBrong

2015-10-22 20:10:19  |  By BasilioBrong

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.201

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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2 stars

"At last honesty"

October 11, 2015  |  By 1cracktech

2015-10-11 17:54:01  |  By 1cracktech

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.201

Pros

It clearly states for Win8/8.1! The previous release it described as being compatible with Win10. I wouldnt want to install this app on my Win10 PC after the last experience I had where I cant get to the "Metro Apps" start page even after uninstalling. It is good at making the Start Menu button appear on Win8.1 and can switch between Metro page page and Start Menu.

Cons

Not recommended for Win10 unless you want to permanently stuck with Start Menu without bothering to get the Metro App page even after uninstallation.The only way to get back the Metro App page is to "restore" or in my case a complete reinstall of Win10.

Summary

Not recommended for Win10 (although it doesnt the crash the PC or things like that) or for Win8.1

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4 stars

"My favorite alternative start menu"

September 10, 2015  |  By Brian LeDuc

2015-09-10 08:11:28  |  By Brian LeDuc

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.3.0.200

Pros

The biggest pro is that the search can locate files on an external hard drive whereas the search for Windows 10 and Stardock's Start10 could not. There is also a lot of configuration options available.

Cons

It's a shame that there are no shapes or textures that can be applied to the start menu. There is also no option to have the All Programs list appear in large icons.

Summary

I was originally using Stardock's Start10, and that was a very handy tool as well. Since the search did not do a well enough job, I moved to IOBIT Start Menu 8 (which is made for Windows 10) and my problem was taken care of. I had to give up some features that were in Stardock, but IOBIT still gives me most of what I'm looking for.

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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 11,283,329
Downloads Last Week 4,097
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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