Start8 brings the Start menu and button back to Windows 8

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Frogboy | Discussion: Personal Computing

In preparation for the Windows 8 launch, Stardock has released a near-final version of its highly anticipated Start8 utility.

Start8 is a program that adds the Start button back to the Windows 8 desktop as well as provides a fully function post-Windows 7 style Start menu.

 

What’s New:
  • Windows 7 style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
    • Users can search for Windows 8-style (Metro) apps with it
    • Users can pin Metro apps to it
    • Full support for Jump Lists
    • Unified Search
    • Automatically matches color to the color of the taskbar
  • Start button is now skinnable
  • Users can boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Optionally disable the desktop “hot spots”.
  • Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
  • Supports WindowFX 5.1 startmenu animations (currently in beta)
  • The Windows 8 Start screen becomes accessible from the Start menu
  • Start menu size fully configurable
  • Adds option for WinKey to show fullscreen Metro desktop.

 

Screenshots:

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Post Windows 7-style start menu: Can “see” and interact with Windows 8 style apps.

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Start button orb image can be changed

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All installed Windows 8 style apps can be found by typing “Metro”.

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Users can quickly access all their programs and shut down options

 

Download at http://www.stardock.com/products/start8

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RedneckDude
Reply #21 Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:51 PM

He he          He he..........

RedneckDude
Reply #22 Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:53 PM

That's not what I was told.

I heard that.........well....nevermind.

AgentExeider
Reply #23 Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:09 PM

No start button for Win 8.

 

Microsoft Morons, I swear they do it as a social experiment, then when people hate it, they will bring back a classic mode for windows 8 in a service pack.

Seriously MS, If it ain't broke don't fix it.

 

Rosco_P
Reply #24 Friday, August 31, 2012 2:24 PM

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

-George Bernard Shaw

Phoon
Reply #25 Friday, August 31, 2012 3:29 PM

Rosco_P
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

-George Bernard Shaw

 

"Show me a sheep and I'll have a date!" 

- RedneckDude

HG_Eliminator
Reply #26 Friday, August 31, 2012 7:47 PM

lol

RedneckDude
Reply #27 Friday, August 31, 2012 9:48 PM

Quoting Rosco_P, reply 24"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

-George Bernard Shaw

 

"Show me a sheep and I'll have a date!" 

- RedneckDude

Or at least a roll in the hay!   

AzDude
Reply #28 Monday, October 29, 2012 10:17 AM

ZehDon
Reply #29 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:58 PM

Excellent, I'm seriously considering upgrading to Windows 8 (I'm running Vista *shudder*) and this makes it a lot more attractive; Metro works wonders on my phone, and it's fantastic on a tablet - it's pathetic on a Desktop.

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