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Start Menu Icon Maker

By XGen Technologies Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This start menu utility teases you with a handy function, simple layout, and small footprint, but it never worked for us. Using this utility, you hope to add a Start menu icon similar to the one installed by original equipment manufacturers. Start Menu Icon Maker's tiny dialog interface needs only four option boxes. The help file merely lists the developer's names, but you don't need help.

You start with high hopes, as you don't need to install Start Menu Icon Maker. You easily enter the text you want displayed by the icon. You use a standard browse tool to find an icon. You enter a right-click option or leave it blank. Finally, type in the command executed by the icon. The whole process takes less than a minute.

However, as soon as you click Done, you get an error dialog box. The icon isn't created and working around the error doesn't help. The publisher's Web site no longer exists. In other words, download this freeware, test it once, and if it works you're home free. The rest of us will make do without that one extra Start menu icon.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added September 15, 2005
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows NT, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows NT/XP


Total Downloads 6,789
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

OEM computers from such companies like Dell or Compaq have a link to their Web site on the right hand side of the start menu. But not only a Web site but in fact any program or command you want. You can put your own customized one there using Start Menu Icon Maker.