A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

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  1. mlauzon

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    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. Kerodo

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    LOL.. I guess a few people must miss the start menu after all... :)
     
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    I've really come to like Start8 (I had a Stardock subscription anyway). It brings a decent start menu while still allowing you to access the new start screen.
     
  4. NormanF

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    I've used Classic Shell in Windows 7 for years. I missed the old Windows 95/98 start menu that was part of Windows up until Vista and an old dog shouldn't have to learn new tricks.

    Its a simple and effective Start Menu for Windows. :thumb:
     
  5. NormanF

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    Microsoft by leaving it out went against human nature. People like working in a certain way and when Microsoft leaves out features people want and need, they find a way to get them back. Hence the popularity of Windows third party start menu replacements. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Kerodo

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    Everything MS did in 8 goes against human nature.... Lol... But let's not divert the thread's original intention... ;)
     
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    I'm sure they counted on that from the beginning....
     
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    My wife is enjoying windows 8 with No start menu and For some reason she enjoys the multi step to the shut down.If I have not completely coverted to a mac user, I would have put a New start menu not mentioned in the above list and that would be Full version Windows 7 64 Bit going in the cd drive.:)The End
     
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  10. Brian K

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    My friends and I tried several of these menus but reverted to using Metro, which we prefer. Metro is nice when you learn to drive it. Each to his own.
     
  11. Dark Shadow

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    I learned to drive it the same as windows 7 the difference is windows 7 does not require a muti step process to everything.The dumb down metro IE is a joke, so we set that up to run desk top.The only metro I really like is the email setup to outlook.com very quick.

    Doesn't matter for me as IMO windows 8 don't hold a candle to OS X MT lion,Windows 7 is a different story and IMO its the best OS MS has put out to date.
     
  12. Venky

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    Start8 is my poison of choice,its the best 5 bucks ever spent. Thank you stardock for making windows 8 usable.
     
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    I tried just a few but yea I liked Start8 the best of the few I tried.:thumb:

    Speaking of the devil, I just got email from stardock to get start8 now $4.99 with a video of Start8 in action. I cant get the video to work but I am sure you guys can find it.
     
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    Although I'm only familiar with a few of the programs listed, it seems that there are two different ways that these programs operate. The Stardock solution and a few others (forget which) operate as addon Services, whereas StartisBack works by recoding explorer.exe, basically unlocking the native start menu functionality of Windows 8 which for some reason had been disabled. In essence it reverts Microsoft's Windows 8 hack.

    Personally I would prefer a solution without dependencies, which is a much more elegant solution.
     
  15. JeffreyCole

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    I tend to agree with you.

    but in this case Microsoft could remove it completely in an update at any time.

    so a total replacement is the only long term solution unless Microsoft reverses direction on this and gives us a choice.
     
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    I can't see them taking the time to rework explorer due to its existing shared code and jumplists, so the reverse hack should be good until Windows 9 at the least.
     
  17. JeffreyCole

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    never under estimate Microsoft's contempt for their own customers.

    and their willingness to do the wrong thing whenever given the chance. ;)
     
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    Microsoft isn't going to patch Windows 7. Haven't had an issue running Classic Shell on on 64X.
     
  19. JeffreyCole

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    I'm referring to Windows 8 only.
     
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    Excellent thread.

    Best regards,
     
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    "never under estimate Microsoft's contempt for their own customers"

    I see we are kindred spirits, Jeffery!

    Although I TOTALLY agree with you about MSFT's "you'll take it and you'll like it" attitude, it would take SO much work (ie $$$$$) to rewrite explorer I doubt that they will bother- and hopefully the days of Bonzo The Magnificent (Ballmer) are numbered so it won't be an issue in the future anyway (allow me to dream here).

    Until then I will happily give my 3 bucks to Tihiy.
     
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    Just a FYI,
    Start8 has an install limitation. Don't know exactly what it is but it must be in the single digits. No mention of it on their website. I didn't find this out until I was doing a fresh install of Win 8 Pro on my laptop. After installing Start8 then proceeding with activation I was informed via a popup that "Activation limitation reached" and it wouldn't let me register. I requested a reset thru support but have yet to receive a reply.

    I will add that Start8 is the best Win 8 start menu that I've tried.

    Later...
     
  24. Venky

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    Love it or Hate it but you can't live without it!
     
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    Actually its only one copy per machine.

    Read this FAQ, I read it before buying the product.

    http://esupport.stardock.com/index....an-i-install-my-copy-on-more-than-one-machine
     
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