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  • Add the Windows 8 menu to the Start menu.
  • Apply an enhanced Windows 7-styled Start menu
  • Pin Modern applications to the Windows 8 Start menu
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop


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The critics agree, Start8 is the best Windows 8 Start menu solution!

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Parallels chose to distribute Start8 and ModernMix with every copy of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac. Learn more.

  • Forbes - Start8 review.
  • USA Today - Start8 review.
  • CBS News - Start8 review.
  • Lifehacker - Start8 review.

Bring back the familiar Start menu today

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System Requirements

  • Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012/R2