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Aston Menu

By Gladiators Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 22, 2009

Aston2 Menu allows users to replace the standard Windows Start menu with a variety of fun and useful alternatives. The program maintains the integrity of the original menu's layout while adding interesting graphics and utilities.

Once installed, the program transforms users' Start menus automatically, but it's easy to access Aston2's settings in order to make changes. Users can choose from seven different skins that are included, or visit Aston2's Web site to download additional skins for free. The skins come in a variety of themes--natures, holidays, and specific time periods, for example--some of which contain sounds and animations. Many of the skins include widgets that show clocks, calendars, and weather. It's easy to switch between skins and adjust settings within them, and the program can also be easily exited if users want to return to the standard Start menu. We liked the fact that the program jazzes up the Start menu and adds some helpful features, but doesn't go overboard adding unneeded, clutter-creating utilities. In fact, the program allows users to easily edit, rearrange, and rename all the items within the Start menu. The program makes the menu highly customizable, yet still familiar and easy to navigate.

The trial version of the software has a 30-day limit, which is plenty of time to try it out. It installs without issues but does leave a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program for any user who wants to customize the look of the Start menu and add a few useful features to it.

Full Specifications

What's new in version

Version adds fix for weather widget.


Release September 3, 2012
Date Added September 4, 2012

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 6,785
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Aston Menu is a feature-rich Windows start menu replacement with the enhanced functionality. It opens the new line of Aston2 products, which, accumulating the best achievements of Aston1 and keeping up with the latest tendencies, turn your desktop into a yet more convenient and attractive environment. Absolutely all Aston2 Menu elements are skinnable and can be animated, which makes it yet more attractive. It can be populated with many useful widgets like Clock, Calendar, Recycle bin, Disks, Search, Toplist, Weather and others. Aston2 Menu provides fast and convenient search for the files on the local disks and for the information in the Internet, which makes your everyday routine much more effective. The menu is extremely flexible in terms of configuration. Every element of the menu can be tweaked and customized, thus letting one to create yet more convenient working area.