A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

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  1. mlauzon

    mlauzon Notebook Enthusiast

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    Power8:
    http://code.google.com/p/power8

    StartMenu8:
    http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

    Start Menu X:
    http://www.startmenux.com/index.html

    Classic Shell:
    http://classicshell.sf.net

    Spesoft Windows 8 Start Menu:
    http://www.spesoft.com/free-windows-8-start-menu.aspx

    Taskbar Classic Start Menu:
    http://www.desktopapps.org/

    ViStart:
    http://lee-soft.com/vistart

    BringBack 8:
    http://www.revel-software.it/BringBack.aspx

    Handy Start Menu:
    http://www.handystartmenu.com/

    Start Button 8:
    http://www.startbutton8.com/index.html

    Pokki:
    http://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu

    Win8StartButton:
    http://www.quadsoft.org/moredownloads.php

    Windows 8 Start Menu:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/w8-start-menu/

    Tweaks.com Start for Windows 8:
    http://tweaks.com/windows/63691/tweakscom-start-for-windows-8-restore-start-button/

    Start Button for Windows 8:
    http://windows8startbutton.com/

    8StartButton:
    http://www.totalidea.com/8startbutton/index.php

    StartMenuPlus8:
    http://www.winok-msixray.com/

    Viva Start Menu:
    http://www.vivastartmenu.com/

    Win8Starter:
    http://www.win8starter.com/index-en.html

    Wentutu Start Menu for Windows 8:
    http://www.wentutu.com/

    StartW8:
    http://www.areaguard.com/startw8

    Classic Start 8:
    http://www.classicstart8.com/

    Start Menu Reviver:
    http://www.reviversoft.com/start-menu-reviver/

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    Start8 (30-day trial):
    http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

    StartIsBack (30-day trial):
    http://startisback.com/

    StartFinity:
    http://www.winability.com/startfinity/

    8StartButton:
    http://www.totalidea.com/8startbutton/index.php

    RetroUI Pro (7-day trial):
    http://www.retroui.com/default.asp

    Win8Starter:
    http://www.win8starter.com/index-en.html
     
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    Classic Shell the best of them all. I can customize just about everything with it and it is free.
     
  3. Pirx

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    Have you tested them all? If so, can you provide reasons for your assessment?
     
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    mlauzon Notebook Enthusiast

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    Added Start Menu Reviver.
     
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    Add Windows 8 Blue to the list. ;)
     
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    You sure about that? Last thing I heard was that all it does is bring the Start Button back, but not the menu. That's pure idiocy, of course, which is bound to backfire badly. But, hey, look what they did with all the comments they had received on the Win8 previews...
     
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    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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    Having both Start Menu and Start Screen would be kinda stupid.
     
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    From what I read, all that the Start Button will do is launch the stupid Start Screen, unless they decide within the next few weeks to fully bring back the Menu.
     
  10. Pirx

    Pirx Notebook Virtuoso

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    Sure, so let's get rid of that inane Start Screen. Oh, and let's get rid of that "Charms Bar", too. And bring back all of the Settings stuff into the Control Panel, where it belongs.

    By the way, you do realize that we are talking about options here? Options to allow people using classical PC hardware to be as productive as they were before? If you have a touchscreen device, or even if, for some unfathomable reason, you actually like that Metro stuff on a classical PC, by all means, you should have the option to use it.
     
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