Start8 : Start Menu for Windows 8

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Windows 8 beta was released for masses to preview upcoming windows OS, the windows 8 consumer preview arrived with new interface called “Metro” which removed start button or Start menu on windows taskbar.The lack of a start button and start menu in Windows 8 was a big annoyance for me and generally windows lovers.

The Metro interface in Windows 8 is very good and like the interface, but I think it is designed for smartphones and doesn’t work well on non-touch laptop or desktop PC. Also Microsoft didn’t provide an option to add start button to desktop mode, this was a big negative for the new OS.

Metro UI will be apt for tablets & smart phones, but this UI is inappropriate for non-technical users for everyday Windows experience,I think Microsoft will fix this issue in Windows 8 final version, otherwise people will stick for Windows. Also I think Windows 8 without the Metro UI will be the best version of Windows that Microsoft has produced.

Start8 : Start Menu for Windows 8 :

So you has installed Windows 8 Consumer preview and you find very irritating without Start menu and start button, then try this freeware app called “Start8”, developed by Stardock.


Start8 is a free utility that brings the Metro start menu onto the Windows 8 desktop,also it offers a way to search for your Windows 8 apps.

Also Start8 Simplifies Windows 8 Shutdown. In Metro you have to sign out, then slide the lock screen, and then finally have the shutdown button. That’s quite a few steps just to shut off your PC.

But with Start8, you can turn off windows 8 PC with one step,just right-click the start button and you can shutdown from there.

Start8 Features :

  1. Adds a “Start” menu to the Windows 8 taskbar
  2. Enables quick access and searching of your installed applications
  3. Adds Run… option via right-click menu
  4. Adds Shutdown… option via right-click menu
  5. Choose a custom Start button image

Note :The app is only compatible with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Download : Start8

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