What is Start8®?

Microsoft Windows® 8 is shipped without the "Start" menu.

Stardock heard the cries from Windows 8 users

We put the "Start" menu back in Windows 8. We accurately recreated the most used desktop feature billions of users depend on every day and packed it with additional functionality.

Without Start8 With Start8

Without Start8

With Start8


Return the Start Button to Windows 8

Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements

  • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
  • Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu
  • Jump List support
  • Unified Search for apps, settings and files
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • One click access to shut down, devices, music, documents, and videos


Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu

Clean, streamlined UI
enhances Start8's usability


  • Optionally disable the desktop Windows 8 "hot spots"
  • Supports WindowFX 5.1 start menu animations
  • Includes .ADMX template (in GroupPolicy folder)

Start menu matches the color of the taskbar

Skin the "Start" button

Where can I get it?

Try Start8 FREE for 30-days:


Purchase Start8 for only $4.99 now!

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System Requirements

Windows 8/8.1 or Windows Server 2012/R2

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