Start Menu 8

Start Menu 8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 124 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    7,239,880
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.9MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    111,245
  • 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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2 stars

"great product for windows 8 and 8.1 but with one flaw!"

March 12, 2015  |  By Perry32a

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.1.0.0

Pros

A lot easier than the current startup menu that came with windows 8 and 8.1

Cons

Reported malware on some pcs. Was able to remove all malware through add/remove programs and use malwarebytes to clean up the malware as best it can. Make sure you have a good antivirus program even if malware hits you with a blunt force.

Summary

I end up giving it two stars because of the malware problem. When installing the product make sure you do not install all the freebees that came with it. also watch out for pop ups for updating this product or some unusual behavior.

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5 stars

"Start Menu 8 and Windows 8.1 go hand in hand"

March 07, 2015

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.1.0.0

Pros

This button makes Windows 8.1 really what it should have been.
It's small, it's simple and compact.
And with the constant updates, it just gets better and better.
And seeing how it's free, there is no reason not to download this!
Absolute must.

Cons

I seriously have no problems with this program.

Summary

A fast, easy to use star menu that doesn't overshadow the vision of Windows 8.1.
It makes it my favourite windows to use.

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

March 05, 2015  |  By BanhMojarro

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

None that I can see.

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5 stars

"Much more user friendly"

February 27, 2015  |  By Manders_Son

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

Been using for long time now and no trouble at all.

Cons

As far as I can tell, none.

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5 stars

"Great free tool"

February 01, 2015  |  By Stefke80

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

Makes win8 again useable.

Cons

Isn't needed anymore for win10

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1 stars

"feels like willingly downloading a malware"

January 31, 2015

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

The menu itself is exactly what I expected. Very nice, fast and good old fashion win7 style. Perfect

Cons

tries to install yahoo stuff, change search parameters on my browser, install browser bars if you do not uncheck.I take a long time to setup my computer, dont mess it up!

Summary

I stop trusting freeware that install all kinds of stuff on my browser / change behavior. just feels like malware.

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5 stars

"LOVE IT!!!"

January 30, 2015  |  By katy809

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

I can choose from many many options! Just like windows 10, JUST BETTER!

Cons

So far, I haven't notice any cons

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5 stars

"Need Start Button on Win 8"

January 27, 2015  |  By prioress85

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

Solves the simple problem of a start button on Windows 8. This software clears up the serious problem that windows never should have done!!!

Cons

You have to pay for it after the trial period :(

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4 stars

"I love it, but one problem!"

January 24, 2015  |  By clay.schubert

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

The start menu is beautiful, especially after this latest update.

Cons

The icon for the menu itself is not Aero supported and mismatches my color scheme for the icon that I really want to use. Not a huge problem, and I really don't care

The problem I really do care about is that the start menu just randomly closes when I'm trying to search/click on applications. It's so tedious. Sometimes when I click on the start menu, it doesn't even want to open unless I click it multiple times. I noticed this happening after I unpinned various programs from the start menu. I don't know if it was the cause of it starting, or if it's a problem in general with the program.

Awesome otherwise!

Summary

I really don't know what to do. Uninstalling it is definitely not an option, as I need it to feel comfortable with Windows 8.1, recently upgrading from Windows 7. Reinstalling it is not exactly a hassle, but I'm lazy in that regard and have not tried it. Keeping it is an even bigger hassle as I can barely use it for a second before it just disappears while I'm scavenging the menus...

I'd love for this to be fixed ASAP, but I'm a pretty patient guy, and it's worth the wait for this program.

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5 stars

"Start Menu 8 is a must-have, if moving from Win 7 to 8"

January 20, 2015  |  By JoeWSM

 |  Version: Start Menu 8 2.0.1.231

Pros

Love the way you can personalise the interface. I use my the Start Bar to quickly access documents and programs I frequently use. Love the upgrade... works even better now. And the "Recent Items" tab seems to display my recent files now... I think (ok that may need some tweaking, as a recently used file did not appear). Have a question or problem? the company responds promptly.

Cons

When rearranging icons for favourite or frequently used programs or files, the icons swap position... so takes a bit of fiddling.

Summary

When upgrading to a new system, I was going with a fresh install of Windows 7 Prof., as I knew the product and knew all the add-ons I required to make it work... but I also liked a few things in Windows 8.1. MS haven't a clue about customers' needs, and those silly upgrades kept causing problems with Win 7 (I had to turn them off in the end). I still like the old search feature, from several years back... where you could just search your system and find the latest download or change to system very quickly. Anyways... Start Menu 8 was the clincher that made me go to Windows 8.1.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.0.1
  • 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.
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date March 23, 2015
Date Added March 23, 2015
Version 2.1.0.1
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.9MB
File Name startmenu-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,239,880
Downloads Last Week 111,245
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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