Windows 8 has lots of new features and easier, but still missing the traditional start menu, and to be simple, most of us want the intuitive functionality of what we’re used to and is most productive for us, with some of the new Features of Windows 8.
While most of the users who have updated to Windows 8 are happy with the Start screen and other features, a small number of users aren’t exactly happy with the Metro Start. For users who can’t live without a Start menu, Stardock Corporation has released a new tool named Start8 to bring back Start menu in Windows 8.
The Start button has been one of the best known images in Windows for over sixteen years now. Now on the latest Windows 8, when I look in the corner of my screen and just see an icon for Outlook, it’s still a little jarring. And I’ve been using Windows 8 for months now. So where did the Start button go?
Start8 is a free software that adds the missing Start menu to the taskbar. Upon installing the application, you will see the Windows 7-style Start orb on the taskbar and clicking on the orb will open the Start menu. As you can see in the below picture, Start8 is a Metro-inspired Start menu but includes all features and functions that you would expect in a Start menu.
When the program is running, pressing the keyboard Windows logo key will open Start menu. To switch to the Metro Start screen, you need to either move the mouse cursor to the lower left bottom and then click on the Start or use the Charms Bar. A right-click on the Start orb gives quick access to Run and Shutdown options.
Start8 supports both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8. Please note that you will need to enter your email address to download Start8 program.
Large number of long time Windows users on the PC have not been happy that the familiar Start menu cannot be accessed on the desktop version of Windows 8.
Start8 brings the “Start” menu back to Windows 8. This product is free and is available now.
You may also be interested in knowing How To Get The Start Button In Windows 8 without using third party apps and on my other post, How To Use The Start Button On Windows 8 will let you know the shortcuts you can use on Windows 8.