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Restore the Start Menu to Windows 8 with Start8. BETA Update Available Now!

Article posted on 9/26/2012

Stardock heard the cries from Windows 8 users when they found out the start menu had been removed from Windows 8. We accurately recreated the most used desktop feature billions of users depend on every day, packed it with additional functionality, and named it Start8.


  • Adds a Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
  • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
  • Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu
  • Configurable Start menu size

NEW IN THIS BETA (version 0.95)

  • New User Interface
    • o Start button and Winkey can be configured to go to the Start menu or the Modern UI
    • o Customize what appears in the right menu pane, icon size, number of icons, power options (including quick startup)
  • Jump Lists now support pinning
  • New default theme
    • o Options to change the Start menu color
    • o Toggle to enable and disable translucency (defaults to disabled)
  • New start button
    • o Users can change the start button
  • Modern UI apps have their own "Modern UI Applications" folder under All Programs
  • Search
    • o Now searches Control Panel items
    • o Now adds directory and UNC path browsing
  • App Launching
    • o Shift + right-click shows Run As option
    • o Ctrl + shift when launching an app will launch elevated
  • Fix: Tree mode in the All Programs menu closes the tree when you launch something
  • Fixed issue for auto-hide taskbar
  • Fixes for some elements that were not translating properly


Start8 Beta is available as a free 30-day trial and can be purchased for only $4.99.

Purchase Start8 today to get access to the Beta now and receive a free update to the final version when it releases this Fall.


  • Windows 8