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A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by mlauzon, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. mlauzon

    mlauzon Thread Starter

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    FREE

    Power8:
    http://code.google.com/p/power8

    StartMenu8:
    http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

    Start Menu X:
    http://www.startmenux.com/index.html

    Classic Shell:
    http://classicshell.sf.net

    Spesoft Windows 8 Start Menu:
    http://www.spesoft.com/free-windows-8-start-menu.aspx

    Taskbar Classic Start Menu:
    http://www.desktopapps.org/

    ViStart:
    http://lee-soft.com/vistart

    BringBack 8:
    http://www.revel-software.it/BringBack.aspx

    Handy Start Menu:
    http://www.handystartmenu.com/

    Start Button 8:
    http://www.startbutton8.com/index.html

    Pokki:
    http://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu

    Win8StartButton:
    http://www.quadsoft.org/moredownloads.php

    Windows 8 Start Menu:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/w8-start-menu/

    Tweaks.com Start for Windows 8:
    http://tweaks.com/windows/63691/tweakscom-start-for-windows-8-restore-start-button/

    Start Button for Windows 8:
    http://windows8startbutton.com/

    8StartButton:
    http://www.totalidea.com/8startbutton/index.php

    StartMenuPlus8:
    http://www.winok-msixray.com/

    Viva Start Menu:
    http://www.vivastartmenu.com/

    Win8Starter:
    http://www.win8starter.com/index-en.html

    Wentutu Start Menu for Windows 8:
    http://www.wentutu.com/

    StartW8:
    http://www.areaguard.com/startw8

    Classic Start 8:
    http://www.classicstart8.com/

    PAID

    Start8 (30-day trial):
    http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

    StartIsBack (30-day trial):
    http://startisback.com/

    StartFinity:
    http://www.winability.com/startfinity/

    8StartButton:
    http://www.totalidea.com/8startbutton/index.php

    RetroUI Pro (7-day trial):
    http://www.retroui.com/default.asp

    Win8Starter:
    http://www.win8starter.com/index-en.html
     
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Thank you for posting
    I am sure some will find it useful

    However, whilst I do not have time to check them all, before ANYONE uses any of them I would urge caution
    for instance, the first on your list
    Power 8
    http://code.google.com/p/power8/wiki/KnownIssues

    and the current release is in itself BETA

    IMHO the installation of anything such as this on 8 is risky and my small experience of 8 tells me that of all the Windows OS, this one is the least friendly, for want of better word, on the use of such "tweaks"

    That said, thanks again for taking the time to post the information
     
  3. mlauzon

    mlauzon Thread Starter

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    The two best on the list are:

    Stardock's Start8

    Tihiy's StartIsBack (this one is almost a native Start Menu, as it uses the code, etc. left over from Win7)
     
  4. bbearren

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    I'm using StartIsBack, and will probably buy it (License for two PC's is only $3 US and includes all future upgrades). It does indeed use Windows code. In Task Manager it has no separate entry either in Processes or Services. I've found no real difference between StartIsBack and the Windows 7 Start Menu. There is a Beta release, but I'm using the last release prior to the Beta.

    Of course, if you didn't like the Windows 7 Start Menu, you won't like StartIsBack. It's the same, right down to the customizations menu.
     
  5. iceking

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    Stardock's Start8

    I agree wiht you. I use this one too and it works just fine!!
     
  6. JoeBlack40

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    Classic Shell all the way for me...it's free and it has a ton of customizations.(y)(y)
     
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