Start Menu 8 is a desktop customized tool for Windows users, designed especially to bring back the start button and start menu for Windows 8/8.1. By offering more flexible operations on start menu, Start Menu 8 enables to customizing new group at the start menu list, users could group any items together to get a quick start, also with a stronger searching engine, a whole disk search would be finished in seconds. It's a suitable Start Menu for Windows 8/8.1 and also multifunctional menu replacement for Windows 7/Vista/XP.
What's new in this version:Supported customizing a new group in Start Menu to start items in it quicklySupported fast search from whole disk even the item is not indexedDisplay recently opened items under documents, browsers, etc. in Start Menu for quick launchSupported "Pin to Start Menu (Start Menu 8)" by righting click an itemSupported skipping UAC when you open applications from Start Menu 8Added restart in Safe Mode option for Windows 8 and Windows ... See all new features » Current Version 0 stars Be the first to review this product All Versions 4.2 out of 111 votes5 star 76 4 star 14 3 star 4 2 star 1 1 star 16 My rating0 starsWrite review 5 stars"Perfectly suit start menu for classic windows interface"January 04, 2015 | By minorgeek12 | Version: Start Menu 8 18.104.22.168 ProsAs good as any other start menu I've used for windows 8 & 8.1 to operate like windows 7, including other, paid versions.
Constant updates make it easier and effective for the interchange between Metro apps and more traditional info accessing.ConsMinor problem with the 2.0 version beta format, but that was rectified quickly with Iobit technical support.SummaryGood tool that is always improving/updating via user feedback. Technical support was extremely prompt and courteous. I use, and have used over the last few years, most of Iobit's software, both free and pro versions. I can recommend their products.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 5 stars"Shortcut to Easier Writing"December 29, 2014 | By Edstart | Version: Start Menu 8 22.214.171.124 ProsI am a writer and not a computer geek, unfortunately. I like programmes that save me time like Zotero for compiling bibliographies. Swiping or clicking my mouse, providing I get the right area of the screen!, to get the charms bar of windows 8 is not useful. The charms bar often disappears and then gets in the way when not wanted. Even when I do get it, I do not have an immediate link to what I may want. Here is where the IOBIT start menu scores. A click of my mouse on the start icon (which can be varied) on desktop and I have my documents/pictures/music, recent work and all my settings, apps and control panel ready for action.
At first I could not use my windows key to switch between metro tiles and desktop. To rectify:
1.Download the latest Start Menu 8 v2 from the link here: http://update.iobit.com/dl/startmenu/startmenu-setup.exe
2.Right click Start button->choose Settings->click Modern UI->tick the checkbox "Press Windows key to open Modern UI"->click Apply button."ConsOnce my one snag was rectified, I found no Cons.SummaryA really useful app. to speed up work and avoid the annoying frustrations of the windows 8, misnamed, charm bar. My one snag was easily rectified.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 5 stars"The Great Win8 Fixer"December 28, 2014 | By Arafurian01 | Version: Start Menu 8 126.96.36.199 ProsRestores the Start Menu, and provides options for hiding Metro (with it, I can fairly much totally ignore Metro).Cons(1) Not exactly Start Menu 8's fault, but still a minor irritant: on my computer at least, the Task Bar keeps trying to hide the Start Menu button, leaving only a tiny portion available for me to click. Not only does Microsoft remove the Start Button, they try to stop other people remedying their errors. (2) Setting up everything the way I like it is too much trial and error; I have deducted a point for poor setup design. (But once it is done, it is done forever.)SummaryWithout a proper desktop, Windows 8 is, for me, a nightmare, barely useable. This one single program makes it acceptable, even occasionally attractive.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 5 stars"Excellent free program to bypass Metro interface"December 23, 2014 | By HESHWATSON | Version: Start Menu 8 188.8.131.52 ProsI heard about Start Menu 8 from an IT professional who install this on all his clients PCs with Windows 8 installed. It effortlessly gets rid of of Windows 8.1 Start screen and delivers a nearly standard Win7 Start Menu. Allows me to boot to the desktop and completely bypass the idiotic Win8 Metro interface and all the stupidified APPs.
The new feature Restart in Safe Mode is also very useful. Have not found any other program has this feature till now. And easy access to recently opened items under documents, browsers, etc.; Fast and accurate search...Consnone till nowSummaryStart Menu 8 is the best Windows 8 Start menu replacement and it is totally free.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 4 stars"Manage programs in start menu freely"December 23, 2014 | By Dr.sean | Version: Start Menu 8 184.108.40.206 ProsStart Menu 8 is awesome. The new feature Create a new group let me create different groups and add different items in these groups. Now i can manage the programs in start menu optionally. Easier to find programs for quick lanch. The interface of the new version is also more beautiful.Consnot find now.SummaryStart Menu 8 is awesome. The new feature Create a new group let me create different groups and add different items in these groups. Now i can manage the programs in start menu optionally. Easier to find programs for quick lanch. The interface of the new version is also more beautiful.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 5 stars"Has every useful function"December 21, 2014 | By SheanTowne | Version: Start Menu 8 220.127.116.11 ProsVery needful application for my computer.ConsNo cons from what I can see.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 5 stars"Works Great"December 12, 2014 | By schulzyhawk | Version: Start Menu 8 18.104.22.168 ProsIt makes Windows 8.1 so much more like Windows 7, making it so much easier to work with and it makes it so if I don't want to see the metro I don't have to. Everything from the Windows 7 start menu is there, along with a way to get to the metro if you do wish to do so.ConsI have no cons to state on this.SummaryAfter looking into some cons of other reviewers their problems seem to spawn from a computer spec issue rather than this program itself.Reply to this review Was this review helpful? (0) (0) 1 stars"The wrst program i have tryed"December 11, 2014 | Version: Start Menu 8 22.214.171.124 ProsI dont find oneConsSLOW, SLOW and SLOW.
If you want to show the property windows of any program it is slow too.Reply to this review Read reply (1) Was this review helpful? (0) (2) 5 stars"Great software, you must try it!"December 06, 2014 | By roberto.emig | Version: Start Menu 8 126.96.36.199 ProsThe product corresponds to all the best expectationsConsnothing to declare, delivers what it promisesSummaryA very useful product, and the support crew surpasses any expectations, staff very efficient and dynamin in troubleshootingReply to this review Was this review helpful? (1) (0) You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Start Menu 8 Note that your submission may not appear immediately on our site. CloseSince you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review. Note that your submission may not appear immediately on our site. CloseNote that your submission may not appear immediately on our site. CloseYour message has been reported and will be reviewed by our staff. CloseWhat's new in version 188.8.131.52Supported customizing a new group in Start Menu to start items in it quicklySupported fast search from whole disk even the item is not indexedDisplay recently opened items under documents, browsers, etc. in Start Menu for quick launchSupported "Pin to Start Menu (Start Menu 8)" by righting click an itemSupported skipping UAC when you open applications from Start Menu 8Added restart in Safe Mode option for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1Supported customizing the transparency of Start Menu Automatically sync user picture and Account pictureSupported Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XPProvided FAQs for Windows 8 & 8.1 started by Start Menu 8 usersSupported high DPIOptimized user interface for easy and convenient operationSupported 37 languagesWindows, Windows 8.1, Windows 8
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