Start8 1.56 for Windows

by Stardock Corp.

Avg. Rating 3.3 (132 votes)

File Details

File Size 10.2 MB
License Shareware, $4.99
Operating System Windows 8/10
Date Added
Total Downloads 13,091
Publisher Stardock Corp.
Homepage Start8

Publisher's Description

Start8 brings the "Start" menu back to Windows 8. 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.

Latest Reviews

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v1.56 on Aug 17, 2015

Start IS Back is way better

StartISBack.com

OAKsider

OAKsider reviewed v1.31 on Dec 5, 2013

Start8 is great.
Really great.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v1.20 on Aug 22, 2013

Start Menu 8 is free.
Really free.

nvic

nvic reviewed v1.20 on Aug 21, 2013

The only quality alternative to a downgrade...works well and makes Win8 usable as a desktop OS.

Worth the cheap price.

bodean

bodean reviewed v1.17 Beta on Jul 1, 2013

Fileform is getting a little slow at posting stuff. This came out 4 days ago....

Raimondas

Raimondas reviewed v1.16 on May 7, 2013

This simple tool makes Win8 easy usable.
Very satisfied with it.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v1.16 on May 2, 2013

@tickleonthetum

For one, I did some reading and confirm that
U may be right in that the traditional start menu may not be there.
Could be that they may still bring it back, it's not finalized. My review really
Keys on that this software should still be free and Start Menu 8 is.

You shouldn't get so
Overly excited about someone else's reviews. Please
Understand that we are all entitled to our opinions.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v1.15 on Apr 23, 2013

@-Lord-: MS is not bringing back the Start Menu, only the Start Button, which will simply switch you to the Start Screen... Get your facts straight before marking down programs!

Start8 is the best of the bunch when it comes to Start Menu replaces for Windows 8. It took me all of a few minutes to decide to pay for it!

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v1.15 on Apr 18, 2013

Windows 8.1 update (forthcoming) will return the start menu to Windows and will also give the alternative to boot to desktop rather than metro.

this should have been freeware to begin with, but now it's just going to be uselessware once the update is released.

DeadFly

DeadFly reviewed v1.15 on Apr 18, 2013

Start8 1.15 Changelog
•- New: optionally view the taskbar when using fullscreen Windows 8-style menu
•- Optimizations to icon loading code and frequently used apps list

Start8 1.12 Changelog
•Added support for bmp start buttons with alpha channels
•Fix for a possible crash while searching
•Fix for frequently used apps list not filtering out some pinned taskbar items
•Assorted tweaks and performance improvements

Avg. Rating 3.3 (132 votes)
Your Rating
CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v1.56 on Aug 17, 2015

Start IS Back is way better

StartISBack.com

OAKsider

OAKsider reviewed v1.31 on Dec 5, 2013

Start8 is great.
Really great.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v1.20 on Aug 22, 2013

Start Menu 8 is free.
Really free.

nvic

nvic reviewed v1.20 on Aug 21, 2013

The only quality alternative to a downgrade...works well and makes Win8 usable as a desktop OS.

Worth the cheap price.

bodean

bodean reviewed v1.17 Beta on Jul 1, 2013

Fileform is getting a little slow at posting stuff. This came out 4 days ago....

Raimondas

Raimondas reviewed v1.16 on May 7, 2013

This simple tool makes Win8 easy usable.
Very satisfied with it.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v1.16 on May 2, 2013

@tickleonthetum

For one, I did some reading and confirm that
U may be right in that the traditional start menu may not be there.
Could be that they may still bring it back, it's not finalized. My review really
Keys on that this software should still be free and Start Menu 8 is.

You shouldn't get so
Overly excited about someone else's reviews. Please
Understand that we are all entitled to our opinions.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v1.15 on Apr 23, 2013

@-Lord-: MS is not bringing back the Start Menu, only the Start Button, which will simply switch you to the Start Screen... Get your facts straight before marking down programs!

Start8 is the best of the bunch when it comes to Start Menu replaces for Windows 8. It took me all of a few minutes to decide to pay for it!

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v1.15 on Apr 18, 2013

Windows 8.1 update (forthcoming) will return the start menu to Windows and will also give the alternative to boot to desktop rather than metro.

this should have been freeware to begin with, but now it's just going to be uselessware once the update is released.

DeadFly

DeadFly reviewed v1.15 on Apr 18, 2013

Start8 1.15 Changelog
•- New: optionally view the taskbar when using fullscreen Windows 8-style menu
•- Optimizations to icon loading code and frequently used apps list

Start8 1.12 Changelog
•Added support for bmp start buttons with alpha channels
•Fix for a possible crash while searching
•Fix for frequently used apps list not filtering out some pinned taskbar items
•Assorted tweaks and performance improvements

nvic

nvic reviewed v1.15 on Apr 17, 2013

I've recommended this to countless people who hate Windows 8's UI. If you don't mind paying for a replacement menu, this is by far the best one out there.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v1.12 on Mar 21, 2013

Best Start Menu fixer for 8 that's improving with each release - I don't mind paying a pittance for for it either & I've used Stardock products for many years ~

OAKsider

OAKsider reviewed v1.12 on Mar 20, 2013

Incredible bit of software. Perfectly mimics Windows Start Menu. Only $5 (for life of product). Developed by Stardock, trusted. New and improved releases regularly. Tiny file size and low resource usage. This review's especially for Lord Troll IV of Lameville.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v1.11 on Feb 10, 2013

I think this is the best of all the Start Menu replacements. I hate the new ModernUI Start Screen, do not have any need for the overly simplistic Apps and do not have touch on my Desktop PC for practical reasons so was keen to get back the Windows 7 User Style.

I tried ClassicShell, vStart, StartMenu8, etc. and found them all lacking in one or more features/options that I wanted. But Stardock Start8 has them all. It is a faithful replica of the Windows 7 StartMenu in every way with the added bonus of some tweaks to suit the Windows 8 look. It also has the ability to switch off some virtually all the Windows 8 Start Screen, Apps and Hot Corners making Windows 8 a truly usable Desktop Environment again!

The price is cheap and it really is better than all the free options!

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v1.11 on Feb 7, 2013

@Lord -To start with you have felt the need to explain yourself to yours truly as your comments testify - In addition anyone who feels they are a 'Power User' needs to get a grip on life & is delusional - What differentiates a ‘Power User’ from a mere human such as myself apart such a person having an inherent mental aberration?

You did mention the '$' in your review so yes money was a part of it, I feel the Stardock gizmo is the best replacement there is but still can't work out why MS removed the ability for users ('Power' or normal) to use the Start Menu maybe on initial install but that's another story.

Edit: Ignore the 'Power User' part of my review as Lord has edited his/hers ~

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