Start8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 52 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.47
  • Total Downloads:
    1,275,746
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 26, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $4.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    10.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,372
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Windows 8 has made a marked departure from the previous versions of the operating system. For many years now, the Start button has been the primary means in which you navigated Windows. In Windows 8, Microsoft did away with that feature to implement the tiled Metro interface across Windows 8 operating systems -- both mobile and desktop. Start8 restores the Start button to your Windows environment.

Pros

Customization options: You can determine exactly how you want your new Start button to work with Start8. You can decide how you want it to look, what you want to be displayed in it, and how you want it to behave. This includes making it work essentially like a replica of the old Windows 7 Start button, which is a real blessing for some people.

Integration: As far as testing could determine, this app works perfectly. Nothing was missing from the menus that should have been there, and everything opened and navigated perfectly. It is nice that there remains a button right at the top of the menu to access the Windows 8 menu if for some reason you want to navigate through that interface as well.

Cons

Cost: The only real drawback is that the app is only free for 30 days after you install it. However it is well worth experimenting with it throughout the trial period to see if it is worth the cost.

Bottom Line

At the end of the day, if you miss the look and feel of Windows 7, then Start8 is for you. No one resents the efforts of Microsoft to create a more effective, powerful operating system, but many people miss the ease of navigation that has been present through so many previous versions of the OS. Start8 can bring that back.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Start8 1.45.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Very useful"

October 28, 2014  |  By pbike908

 |  Version: Start8 1.45

Pros

Does the job! I also use and recommend Modernmix

Cons

Not free. I decided to pay up since I also use and recommend Modernmix. Can purchase both at same time for $8 which I feel is worth it.

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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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1 stars

"crashes my machines"

April 21, 2014  |  By pgm554

 |  Version: Start8 1.40

Pros

freefreefree

Cons

to many issues with reboots and key sequence not working correctly.

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5 stars

"Very useful"

March 05, 2014  |  By Loyeme

 |  Version: Start8 1.31

Pros

Very useful since it gives us back the features that were gone with arrival of Windows 8-8.1.

Cons

Price - this kind of app should be free for windows users

Summary

I think it is absolutely rude that the users on whom the Microsoft and Windows were built on were taken the basic feature of the software they used for past several decades. I have bought windows 8 laptop with touchscreen however as someone said above, there are lots of us who use windows for more serious work than playing around on the internet. Metro ought to be on tablets and there's no way it should be default OS on PC - but an option. And I have to say out loud that we - the customers should be paid back for software like this because we were forced to have the worst windows ever that came with new computers. And this behavior just ruins all the rights of customers all over the world who must buy either more expensive Apple or just be forced to buy new computers with a total disaster OS like Windows 8. It's still a mystery for me why with an upgrade windows 8.1 haven't come with normal start menu - probably they have to make lost money back on app like this....good app but I am a really angry customer - SHAME on WIN 8-8.1 and the whole company's attitude.

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5 stars

"couldn't survive windows 8 without it!"

January 09, 2014  |  By haphazyrd

 |  Version: Start8 1.30

Pros

adds a start menu

Cons

there are none really! kudos to Stardock for writing this, it's just unfortunate that it wasn't already an option in the windows 8 interface

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5 stars

"Microsoft should have all Win 8 users a free download"

December 05, 2013  |  By bobjr94

 |  Version: Start8 1.30

Pros

Even with windows 8.1 it still sucks, cant find anything I want. This fixes everything in a few seconds. Windows should give all users of Windows 8 a free download of the paid version of this.

Cons

None besides it's still Win 8.

Summary

Ill be sure to keep buying Windows 7 computers as long as they keep selling them to avoid this problem in the future.

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5 stars

"Better than a Sharp Stick in the Eye!"

November 29, 2013  |  By 1alexh

 |  Version: Start8 1.30

Pros

Returns the Start Menu from Win 7 level.
Gives flexibility to configuration of the start menu.
Truly gives us back our computers - especially those of us with no touch screen!

Cons

None. Okay, they might have made it flexible as other menus have, and allowed us to go with Win XP Pro, Vista, or Win 7.

Summary

While it looks simple enough, you can count on there being a lot going on behind the return of the Start Menu, and these folks deserve Kudos for returning control to the End Users.
Truly, it doesn't matter what level user you are, having the ability to control our PCs is crucial. Being at the mercy of Microsoft, when they instituted Metro or Modern, was so very wrong and un-Microsoft.
All's right with my Win 8.1 system now, and I can concentrate on getting things done, not trying to figure out HOW to get them started!

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5 stars

"The Saviour of Windows 8 and 8.1"

November 07, 2013  |  By GrahamSivill

 |  Version: Start8 1.30

Pros

Puts the start menu back into the desktop on Windows 8/8.1 and makes Windows 8 and 8.1 usable for a desktop user who does not have or ever want to be poking around on their monitors.

Cons

None. It just restores sanity for a desktop user.

Summary

Just get it and wave two fingers at the numpties at Microsoft who think we are all air heads who never do anything serious on a PC.

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5 stars

"Reclaim Your Desktop!"

September 13, 2013  |  By Micole10

 |  Version: Start8 1.20

Pros

Starts right to the desktop screen and avoids those annoying tiles
Doesn't seem to slow the computer down.
Runs completely in the background as if it didn't even exist.
Allows for plenty of customization.

Cons

None that I can think of besides the $4.99 for something that should have been included to start with.

Summary

Even though you're paying for a product that should have been included from the start I would recommend this program to anyone who doesn't want to have to deal with the start screen and just wants to use their computer for desktop tasks like they have done in the past.

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1 stars

"full version came with a virus"

September 07, 2013  |  By hibsbabs1

 |  Version: Start8 1.20

Pros

free version worked great, made it look like Windows 7. No more dealing with annoying tiles

Cons

After paying for the full version, and clicking on the link provided in the e-mail, laptop got such a bad virus, that the hard drive was infected and laptop didn't work at all anymore - had to be taken in to get wiped and restores. Everything installed on computer lost.

Summary

Enjoy the free version, don't pay for the full version (comes with a virus, at least in our case)

Updated on Sep 10, 2013

RETRACTION !!!!!!
It seems that Start8 is not the program that caused the virus after all.
After hard drive clean up, Start8 worked just great, just as intended.
I guess it was a coincidence that caused the damage right after downloading the paid version.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.47
Version 1.47 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Stardock
Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
Release Date November 25, 2014
Date Added November 26, 2014
Version 1.47
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 1,275,746
Downloads Last Week 9,372
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $4.99

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