Start8 specifications

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
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  • Fixed issue for auto-hide taskbar
  • Fixes for some elements that were not translating properly


  • Publisher Stardock
  • Publisher web site
  • Release date October 18, 2012
  • Date added October 17, 2012
  • Version 1.0


System requirements

  • Operating systems Windows 8
  • Additional requirements Not available

Download information

  • File size 4.48MB
  • File name Start8-setup.exe


  • Total Downloads 788,377
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  • License model Free to try
  • Limitations 30-day trial
  • Price $4.99