Star-Dock To The Rescue!

Return the start menu to Windows 8 with Start8 from Stardock!

Start8, the much anticipated software solution that returns the start menu and its functionality to Windows 8, is now available. Ease the transition to Windows 8 with Start8 by bringing the familiarity of the Windows 7-style start menu along with additional enhancements to Microsoft’s new Windows 8 release.

Start8 will boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop by default, giving users a friendly starting point during their migration. Start8 also enables users to search for, pin and launch both classic and Modern UI applications from the start menu.


  • Adds a Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
  • Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
  • Jump list support
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu
  • Optionally disable Windows 8 “hot spots”
  • Configurable Start menu size
  • Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Group policy support





Microsoft will be releasing an update soon that will restore the start menu, and resolve a number of other issues the public has been having with Windows 8.

Will the update be enough to sway the opinion on windows 8?

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