Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

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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.


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.


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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4 stars

"Good Software"

April 24, 2015  |  By jodi8976

 |  Version: Start Menu 8


Helps get around the non start button on win8


Not much really

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5 stars

"Love It! Wow wow"

April 17, 2015  |  By qtraderwilson

 |  Version: Start Menu 8


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


None yet.... seems perfect


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

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • Added Auto Shutdown to shut down computer at a scheduled time automatically.
  • Added Screenshot to take screenshots easily and quickly (hotkeys Alt + E).
  • Supported renaming Group and changing Group icon .
  • Supported hotkeys Shift + Enter to open programs as administrator.
  • Added Taskbar Properties option to the right-click menu of Start button.
  • Added Hebrew language.
  • Fixed general bugs.
Publisher IObit
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Release Date March 23, 2015
Date Added March 23, 2015
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8/8.1
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.9MB
File Name startmenu-setup.exe
Total Downloads 7,616,757
Downloads Last Week 73,927
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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