Start8

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 52 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,243,704
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 18, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $4.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    10.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,418
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Start8 brings back the familiar start button to make your transition to Windows 8 a little bit easier. The first thing you'll notice when firing up your new Windows 8 PC is the lack of a Start button. For design reasons, Microsoft has removed the old Start menu in favor of the new Metro Start screen. Start8 aims to bring it back and help you make your move to the new Windows without compromising productivity.

The installation is light and fast, and setting up takes almost no time at all. Setup will ask whether you prefer the original Windows 7 style Start menu or the Windows 8 style, which is the incorporation of the Metro user interface into the menu. From then on, everything is optional and customizable. You can change the Start menu behaviors, font, icon sizes, color, style, and which shortcuts you want Start8 to display. Documents, Music, and Pictures folders are back to where they belong (pre-Windows 8) and so is the search bar. In addition of giving you wider control over the Start menu, Start8 lets you customize the Start button icon to any of the included icons or your own custom images.

The free trial gives you 30 days to play, tweak, and set everything up just the way you like it before asking you to purchase the full version for $4.99. PC Users without a touch screen (which the Start screen was designed for) or who rely on the Start Button to navigate through their programs and files will appreciate Start8 bringing the familiar features and functionality back to the latest Windows operating system.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"What Microsoft Left Out Of Windows 8"

November 01, 2012  |  By MikePitt

 |  Version: Start8 1.0

Pros

Completely transparent once installed. It's what Microsoft should have included with Windows 8. Over 1 billion worldwide installed user base (of Windows PC's) and Microsoft decided to leave this important feature out of Windows 8, how foolish. Thanks to Stardock for creating this software. It's worth $4.99 to make Windows 8 useable for the majority of us who don't have and don't want touch screens. My computer is for productivity and I need a keyboard and mouse. Start8 makes the transition to Windows 8 easy and productive.

Cons

N/A If you can't afford $5.00, then you should throw or give your computer away.

Summary

Excellent piece of software, the best $4.99 I've ever spent!!

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5 stars

"EXCELLENT APP!"

October 19, 2012  |  By Psgetti72

 |  Version: Start8 1.0

Pros

This makes Windows 8 functional again. Admittedly, I was just starting to get used to the "interface-formally-known-as-Metro", and then decided to load this trial. It was like putting on a pair of favorite old shoes! This is fantastic!

Cons

It cost $5. Big deal.

Summary

Easy setup, easy to use. Puts control back into the user's hands. Greatly reduces the learning curve for Win 8 and gives the best of both worlds: A very fast operating system with a familiar interface. I will be purchasing this for every Windows 8 machine I own.

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4 stars

"Very good, but..!"

October 18, 2012  |  By ThatKevin

 |  Version: Start8 1.0

Pros

Brings back the orb to Windows 8.

Cons

Only a 30 day trial, and $4.99 after that.

Summary

You may go ahead and at least give it a try, and pay $4.99 after that. But why not try "IObit StartMenu8". Is a near-perfect replica of Windows 7 start menu; and the best part of it, is FREE.

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5 stars

"AWESOMENESS!"

October 18, 2012  |  By Jjspy2

 |  Version: Start8 1.0

Pros

MAKES WINDOWS 8 MORE BETTER!

Cons

NONE SO FAR

Summary

AWEESOME

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5 stars

"You have to have this!"

October 18, 2012  |  By oldgrendel

 |  Version: Start8 1.0

Pros

Great return of the magic orb with all the old 7 goodies plus more. This should make the journey from XP or 7 much easier for any user. I absolutely love it. Best $5 I've ever spent, and the 30 day trial should be more than enough to convert anyone.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

It makes 8 much more user friendly.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0
  • New User Interface
    • Start button and Winkey can be configured to go to the Start menu or the Modern UI
    • Customize what appears in the right menu pane, icon size, number of icons, power options (including quick startup)
  • Jump Lists now support pinning
  • New default theme
    • Options to change the Start menu color
    • Toggle to enable and disable translucency (defaults to disabled)
    • New start button
    • Users can change the start button
  • Modern UI apps have their own "Modern UI Applications" folder under All Programs Search
    • Now searches Control Panel items
    • Now adds directory and UNC path browsing
  • App Launching
    • Shift + right-click shows Run As option
    • Ctrl + shift when launching an app will launch elevated.
  • Fix: Tree mode in the All Programs menu closes the tree when you launch
  • something
  • Fixed issue for auto-hide taskbar
  • Fixes for some elements that were not translating properly
General
Publisher Stardock
Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
Release Date October 18, 2012
Date Added October 18, 2012
Version 1.0
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.31MB
File Name Start8-cnet-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,243,704
Downloads Last Week 9,418
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $4.99

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