Start8 by Stardock Systems

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Bring back the start menu to Windows 8 Start8 brings back the traditional Start Menu and Start button that have been omitted from Windows 8. You can choose between a Windows 7 style start menu, which is identical to what you used in Windows 7, or a Windows 8 style menu, which is basically a smaller version of the new Windows 8 menu. The Start 8 menu comes includes all the features of the Windows 7 Start Menu, (search for apps, pin apps and restart/shutdown button etc.) as well as access to your Metro apps. If you want to access the new tiled desktop, simply Ctrl-click on the Start8 button. In addition, Start8 can boot you directly to your traditional Windows desktop, skipping the "Metro/Modern UI" altogether. Other features include options to disable the Windows 8 hot corners and charms bar, configurable Start Menu size, skinnable Start button, and more. Copyright

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Publisher Stardock Systems (6) O/S Windows 8
Price $4.99 Requirements None
Version 1.31 ...history File Size 7292 Kb
Last updated Dec 04, 2013

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An answer to a serious problem 5 stars by ianmacm Oct 30, 2012 (Read all my 171 reviews)
This program is an answer to the prayers of many Windows users. For some unfathomable reason, Microsoft has decided to exclude the start button from Windows 8. This program will put it back in a way that is indistinguishable from Windows 7. It can also skip the ugly and childlike Metro UI and boot straight to the traditional desktop. A pity it isn't free, but 4.99 is reasonable to have these features restored. showShow review details
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