Start8 brings the “Start” menu back to Windows 8.
- Software: Start8
- Version: 1.56
- License: Free to try (30-day trial)
- OS: Windows 8
- Requirements: No special requirements
- Publisher: Stardock
Start8 is a Desktop Utilities software developed by Stardock Corporation. Here is the official description for Start8:
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available and has taken the Windows interface to a whole new level. Unfortunately, the preview did not come with a desktop feature that the world makes use of billions times a day, the “Start” menu. Luckily, we have a solution!
Start8 brings the “Start” menu back to Windows 8. This product is free and is available Now! Enter your email address below to receive a download Link.
Windows 7 style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
Users can search for Windows 8-style (Metro) apps with it
Users can pin desktop and Metro apps
Full support for Jump Lists
Users can boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
Automatically matches color to the color of the taskbar
Start button is now skinnable
Optionally disable the desktop “hot spots”
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