Start8

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.45
  • Total Downloads:
    1,189,371
  • Date Added:
    August 06, 2014
  • File Size:
    7.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,346
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows/8

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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  • 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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  • 2 stars

    "I wasnt really impress with Start8"

    August 28, 2013   |   By kingbed42

    Version: Start8 1.20

    Pros

    None that i know of

    Cons

    It is kind of hard to use dont really it

    Summary

    It didnt really worked for me i got rid of it i guess its a ok program but its not for me

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.45
    Version 1.45 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
    General
    Publisher Stardock
    Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
    Release Date August 06, 2014
    Date Added August 06, 2014
    Version 1.45
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 7.59MB
    File Name Start8-cnet-setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,189,371
    Downloads Last Week 9,346
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $4.99

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