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How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

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  • How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

    How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

    Classic Shell

    windows-8-start-menu-classic-shell-640x367.jpgwindows-8-start-menu-replacement-metro-start-screen-640x353.jpgClassic Shell is free, open-source donationware that gives you the option of a classic (Windows 98ish), Windows XP, or Vista/7 Start menu. At its most basic, it puts a Start button back on your taskbar ó but as always with third-party utilities, it has a ton of other features and settings that you can tweak to your heartís content (in Classic Shellís case, thereís probably too many tweakable settings). There is apparently an option for Classic Shell to boot straight to Desktop, but I couldnít find it.

    One strong point of Classic Shell is that it successfully rebinds your Start key, so that the Start menu pops up instead of the new Metro Start screen. Hitting the Start key from Metro pops up Classic Shell, too. Other Start menu replacements donít usually cope quite so well.

    Take care while installing Classic Shell, though: Itís not just a Start menu replacement, and if youíre not careful you will end up installing Classic IE and Classic Explorer, too. (free)



    Where Classic Shell tries to replicate the Windows of yesteryear, Pokki (free) is very much its own beast ó and as much as I love the Windows 7 Start menu, I have to admit that Pokki is probably even better. It utilizes a neat ďpinningĒ system that isnít unlike the home screen of your smartphone or tablet (though I would argue that the Windows taskbar/superbar still does a better job). You can also add widgets to Pokki, such as Gmail or Facebook, which display your latest email or status updates.
    By default, Pokki will configure your Windows 8 system to boot straight to the Desktop ó and there is an option that will just completely disable the hot corners, if you so desire. (Remember, Win+C pops open the Charms menu, if you need.) (FREE)



    Finally, a commercial offering that will set you back $5: Start8. Start8 is very similar to Classic Shell, but itís just a little bit smoother. Start8′s configuration interface is much easier to use (and easier on the eyes), and the actual Start menu feels much more like a contiguous part of Windows.
    Start8 has a curious option where you can actually have the Metro Start screen pop up as a menu, rather than full-screen (pictured at the top of the story). This is kinda neat, though youíre probably better off sticking to the normal Windows 7-style Start menu replacement.
    Like Pokki, Start8 can disable your hot corners and boot directly to Desktop. Start8 also has a bunch of configuration options for how the Start key interacts with Desktop and Metro, which can be useful if youíre looking for a very specific functionality.$5, free 30-day trial)


  • #2
    Re: How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

    Wow, thanks!
    I wasn't aware of the free options around.


    • #3
      Re: How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

      Thanks Sc0uT1.0 bro for this helpful information. I really need this so badly..!!!

      !!! - May Live Long MegaThemer - !!!


      • #4
        Re: How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

        this is an awesome app. i recomend it to everyone who cant shake the win 7 layout.


        • #5
          I found startisback to be the easiest to use