Start8

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.11
  • Total Downloads:
    1,404,366
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 06, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $4.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    10.38MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,378
  • 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

"OUTSTANDING!!!"

March 16, 2013  |  By zackdecoda

 |  Version: Start8 1.11

Pros

easy to use does a great job. makes Windows 8











pro
















makes Windows 8 Pro look & act like Windows 7 desk top

Cons

NONE, does what its sold for.

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4 stars

"Lets u have updates of Win8 & the familiarity of Win7."

March 09, 2013  |  By rickmc325

 |  Version: Start8 1.11

Pros

Let's feel more at home with Windows 8 after using Windows 7.

Cons

None cons yet

Summary

I like the features of Windows 8 except for the Metro interface. I like to keep my desktop clear. I dont have any icons on it. And the fact that my laptop does not have a touchscreen makes the Metro interface tedious at best.

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5 stars

"UNCLE!!!!!"

March 08, 2013  |  By BBHouseRodent

 |  Version: Start8 1.11

Pros

Windows 8 as it should have been.

Cons

It's $5 for something I shouldn't need MICROSOFT!

Summary

Uncle! I'd had it with the Crappy Windows 8 "Metro" interface... It might be great for a touch screen but everything takes more effort with a keyboard and mouse. (if you can find it)
Downloaded Start8 this morning and FINALLY after months of putting up with Microsoft's BS excuse for an interface am using Windows 8 as it should have been at launch. Thx Stardock. I may give Fences a try as well. The icon clutter on my desktop could use taming.

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5 stars

"Essential for remote desktop support"

March 01, 2013  |  By MRogerson

 |  Version: Start8 1.11

Pros

Anyone who has cursed the lack of a start menu, especially in a remote desktop situation where the 'Microsoft key' is missing or doesn't work, will want this program.

Cons

Non, apart from Microsoft not including it FOC

Summary

I cannot understand why Microsoft couldn't have put an option to 'switch back' the Start Menu, and until they see sense and add it back in a Service pack release, this is the program to use.

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5 stars

"Fantastic: This is how Windows 8 should be!"

February 14, 2013  |  By divenex

 |  Version: Start8 1.11

Pros

I tried very hard to get used to the Microsoft "Metro" interface, which I find beautifully designed and not difficult to use.

However it is an indisputable fact that, when working with keyboard and mouse on desktop apps, "Metro" is simply less efficient. Some common tasks (e.g. looking for files) require more key presses than using the original Start menu in Windows 7.

After weeks of intense "Metro" usage, and after hundreds of extra key presses, I decided that the beautiful interface was not worth the extra time I kept spending in my daily tasks.

I have tried essentially every Start menu replacement out there, but only Start8 matches the efficiency of Microsoft's version, which had reached an amazing level of perfection over the years. Stardock's Start8 menu really brings the Start menu back to Windows 8, making it the best OS Microsoft has produced so far.

Cons

None. Start8 simply matches Microsoft's Start menu in Windows 7.

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5 stars

"Awesome. Essentially identical to Win 7 start menu."

February 09, 2013  |  By david_mills15

 |  Version: Start8 1.11

Pros

I have used windows 8 right back since the consumer preview. I've always disliked the start menu metro interface, but thought that I'd get used to it with time. I didn't. It's just rubbish. This very cheap application turns your PC back into a PC again. I can't express how nice it is to be liberated from that awful Metro interface.

Cons

Hard to be critical. It would be better if it was free (and installed as default on all windows 8 machines). I suppose there could be more themes.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.11
Version 1.11 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Stardock
Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
Release Date February 06, 2013
Date Added February 06, 2013
Version 1.11
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.38MB
File Name Start8-cnet-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,404,366
Downloads Last Week 7,378
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $4.99

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