StartIsBack+ 1.6

4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (22 votes)


Windows 8 / Shareware; $3.00 / 1,317 downloads

StartIsBack+ returns Windows 8.1 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. StartIsBack+ radically improves desktop usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free. StartIsBack is fully native lightweight zero-privileges program, cheap and fair, fast, stable and secure. StartIsBack+ is a free upgrade for all StartIsBack users.

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  • Limitations

    Yes - 30 day timeout

  • Latest Changes

    - Pin Metro apps to Taskbar from Start menu

    - Setting to use modern apps close button to close app forcefully

    - Automatic downloading of updates. StartIsBack now will download new versions automatically in background, using BITS service, and offer you to install them

    - Default start button has shine effect

    - Default start button can be used with bottom-left corner again

    - Improved XP style All Programs menu new program highlighting

Reviews of StartIsBack+

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Apr 7, 2014)

    I've used this excellent tool since it was released.
    There is no peer for it, others may do this or that, but this one does a perfect Start menu and does it with no additional app running/overhead.
    Pay no attention to the dweeb who says with for MS to bring the Start menu back.
    As the name of this tool implies, it is back now!

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Apr 7, 2014)

    Be patient? Wtf are you talking about? Waiting 2 years for a start menu because you won't pay $3? And you rate the app 1/5. Don't leave any more reviews, noob.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Apr 7, 2014)

    @Lord Actually if you've read some of the articles pertaining to this you will notice that the StartMenu they are proposing is different from what StartIsBack offers. No reason to rate it as a 1 star here for a great program to help many users get the actual StartMenu back right NOW. Less buggy than ClassShell and the fee it well worth it to the developer who takes pride in his rendition of the StartMenu and listens to what testers and users post in the forums. Rated 5 Stars!

  4. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Apr 7, 2014)

    be patient. MS is bringing it back the way it should be. and it will be free.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.0 (Oct 11, 2013)

    Extra customization options but otherwise exact twin of Win7 menu. Works great and low price. Been using it on 8 without issue. Apparently uses much old start menu code that is just buried so has tiny footprint.

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