Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 105 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.0.207
  • Total Downloads:
    5,790,438
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    11.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    159,495
  • 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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5 stars

"Works Great"

December 12, 2014  |  By schulzyhawk

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

It makes Windows 8.1 so much more like Windows 7, making it so much easier to work with and it makes it so if I don't want to see the metro I don't have to. Everything from the Windows 7 start menu is there, along with a way to get to the metro if you do wish to do so.

Cons

I have no cons to state on this.

Summary

After looking into some cons of other reviewers their problems seem to spawn from a computer spec issue rather than this program itself.

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1 stars

"The wrst program i have tryed"

December 11, 2014

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

I dont find one

Cons

SLOW, SLOW and SLOW.

If you want to show the property windows of any program it is slow too.

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1 stars

"there is a virus in this latest version"

December 10, 2014  |  By albertlee2014

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

have not used it

Cons

there is a virus in this latest version

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5 stars

"Great software, you must try it!"

December 06, 2014  |  By roberto.emig

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

The product corresponds to all the best expectations

Cons

nothing to declare, delivers what it promises

Summary

A very useful product, and the support crew surpasses any expectations, staff very efficient and dynamin in troubleshooting

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1 stars

"Doesn't look up installed programs, it searches on disk"

November 28, 2014  |  By Dr.Wrestler

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

Look is the same as 7.

Cons

Doesn't look up installed programs, it searches on disk for files which I of course don't primarily want.

Summary

Doesn't look up installed programs, it searches on disk for files which I of course don't primarily want. When I enter something to the search bar, I want it to look for installed programs or more precise for links to installed programs. That is why this program is useless to me.

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1 stars

"Caused serious disruption of HP laptop cursor control"

November 24, 2014  |  By gonedigital

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 1.6.0.207

Pros

When it worked without interfering with the laptop, it was fine.

Cons

When using a 9 month old HP Envy 15" laptop with 1TB SSD 12 gb memory and lots of nice features, the mouse cursor would begin to jump all over and get to the point rapidly where I had to power down by pulling the battery. I worked with HP for a long time, shut off all startup apps and had the laptop scheduled for repair when it dawned on me to remove Start Menu 8. After doing so, with no other changes, the problems disappeared. I run a small oceanographic software company and am probably a notch or three above the average PC user, but reinstalling and having the problem again after no problems for a couple weeks, I am convinced there was some adverse interaction caused by the software. Now I also run many programs at once, including our own custom software, but the issue only appeared in MS Word, Excel, File Explorer and Access. I know some HP laptops of this breed have had problems with jumpy mouse cursors, but again, I spent a huge amount of time on my own and with HP on this.

Summary

If you install this program and your mouse jumps around like crazy, uninstall the program and get a different one. Shame on Microsoft for making Windows 8 like they did so that we have to resort to software like this.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.6.0.207
  • Enhanced the stability of the program
  • Added Catalan and Ukrainian languages
  • Fixed general bugs
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date November 18, 2014
Date Added November 18, 2014
Version 1.6.0.207
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.23MB
File Name startmenu-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,790,438
Downloads Last Week 159,495
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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