Start8

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.03
  • Total Downloads:
    1,183,819
  • Date Added:
    November 23, 2012
  • File Size:
    7.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,899
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows/8

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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  • 2 stars

    "Cannot paste internet shortcuts on the desktop"

    April 25, 2014   |   By pigmy111

    Version: Start8 1.41

    Pros

    Nice idea!

    Cons

    Will not allow pasting of internet shortcuts on the desktop

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.03
    Version 1.03 has added new User Interface and options to change the Start menu color.
    General
    Publisher Stardock
    Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
    Release Date November 15, 2012
    Date Added November 23, 2012
    Version 1.03
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 7.59MB
    File Name Start8-cnet-setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,183,819
    Downloads Last Week 9,899
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $4.99

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