Get Your Start Menu button back into Windows 8

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  1. Luciffer

    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    Sooner or later most of us will upgrade to Win8. You may not admit to that today, but you know you will. With that in mind, we should really have a new section for Windows 8.

    I updated 2 of my puters on day one of launch, and the biggest gripe I've had about Win8, is not the lack of some drivers, but the lack of my good old Start Menu.

    Microsoft perhaps thinks that all of us don't really want a computer, but what wee really desire is a Cel Phone with a 27" screen!

    Grrr... Gimme back my goddam start menu!
    So here's a list of programs I found that can do just that...

    FREE PROGRAMS

    Power8:
    power8 - Yet another Start menu replacer for Windows 8 - Google Project Hosting

    StartMenu8:
    IObit Start Menu 8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8

    Start Menu X:
    Start Menu X

    Classic Shell:


    Welcome to Classic Shell



    Spesoft Windows 8 Start Menu:
    Free Windows 7 Start Menu for Windows 8

    Taskbar Classic Start Menu:
    Taskbar Classic Start Menu

    ViStart:
    Windows 8 Start Menu, Windows 7 Start Menu

    BringBack 8:

    The start menu for Windows 8. Back again!


    Handy Start Menu:
    Handy Start Menu: Makes Working with Your Start Menu Easier
    Start Button 8:
    Windows 8 Start Button

    Pokki:
    Windows 8 Start Menu | Pokki

    Win8StartButton:
    Quadsoft Software Development

    Windows 8 Start Menu:
    Windows 8 Start Menu Application | Free Business & Enterprise software downloads at SourceForge.net

    Tweaks.com Start for Windows 8:
    Tweaks.com Start for Windows 8 - Restore Start Button

    Start Button for Windows 8:
    Restore Your Start Button on Windows 8 - Free and Easy to Use Tool

    8StartButton:
    8StartButton - A start button + start menu for Windows 8

    StartMenuPlus8:
    StartMenuPlus8 Advanced Start Menu

    Viva Start Menu:
    Viva Start Menu for Windows 8 (Official Site)

    Win8Starter:
    Win8Starter - Copyright by Engelmann Media GmbH

    Wentutu Start Menu for Windows 8:
    Wentutu Start Menu for Windows 8

    StartW8:
    StartW8 - Start Menu for Windows 8 - Get the Start menu back in Windows 8

    Classic Start 8:

    Classic Start 8 | Free Classic Style Start Menu for Use with Windows® 8 | ClassicStart8.com



    PAID PROGRAMS:

    Start8 (30-day trial):
    Start8™ for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu

    StartIsBack (30-day trial):
    StartIsBack - real start menu in Windows 8

    StartFinity:
    StartFinity: the missing Start Menu for Windows 8

    8StartButton:
    8StartButton - A start button + start menu for Windows 8

    RetroUI Pro (7-day trial):
    RetroUI – Enhancing Windows 8 and Bringing Back the Start Menu

    Win8Starter:
    Win8Starter - Copyright by Engelmann Media GmbH
     
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    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    Another reason for a Win8 Section:
    Even if you don't upgrade, chances are good your next phone, tablet or laptop is going to come with Windows 8.
    The metro interface is already being incorporated into the xBox360, and the next gen console going to have a full fledged variant.
    So, unless you're an Apple fan, you're not escaping this :)
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Luciffer .. are you using Win 8 regularly, is it worth the upgrade ?

    I was holding off because of Game Comparability issues.. but now no time for games so wanna try.
     
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    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    dbg : Am using it on 4 puters now.. and just upgraded my main puter to it also.

    Worth it: DEFINITELY... it's a MUCH faster/better OS.. and the system wide integration between phone/tablet/puter/console is something only the Apple guys had so far.

    Compatibility: Only issues I've faced with .. is compatibility with a AIO HP which has dedicated HP components.
    Otherwise.. had no issue with ANY peripherals .. every major ones have drivers.
    No issues with ANY games... every game I've tried so far works better.

    CONS: a steep learning curve.. since MS has decided to turn my puter into a giant smart cel phone.
    And for God's sake .. Gimme back my start button.

    BUT.. you can always use some of these third party software to bypass the metro interface completely if you want.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Cools .. I was gonna format my laptop .. might as well install Win 8 on it. Samsung drivers are there.

    Are you using ahem or licensed ?
     
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    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    dbg : Yep.. it's actually called God Mode..
    But what it is .. is a simple folder that has ALL the Win8 settings in one place.
    Usually it's a pain in the ass to get to each one of these.
    Here they are all together.. and you can generally find anything you possibly need.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Well.. so after an 18 hour overhaul .. Laptop cleaned formatted and all the data recovered from the previous mess.

    Dual-Booting Win 7 + Win 8. Alternate between both setting them up to mirror each other, A little learning exercise :)

    The Win 8 Start Screen is pretty neat. Though being a strict Google-Android user I find many of favorite services replaced by Microsoft ones. The pickings are slim for now.
    Not many alternatives, beyond what comes pre-loaded.

    Win 8 performance is good, smoother than Win 7 or at-least it keeps you properly distracted while the job gets gone.
     
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    Downloaded Start8 - Pretty neat. Best and simplest of the lot. thanks Luciffer - More reasons to stick to Win 8
     
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    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    Start8 and StartIsBack are the 2 best programs.

    Altho I'm personally using Classic Shell, cuz it does what I need it to and is Free :)
     

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