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When Microsoft unveiled the much awaited update to its Windows OS lineup, namely Windows 8, reactions started pouring in from all quarters. Among the most noticeable changes in the new OS is the omission of start menu. As it is, all previous versions of Windows including Server class variants have been equipped with start menu. On top of this, there are millions of Windows users who would stick to the classic look and settings, even when the rest moves to sleek touch screens and new levels of computing. That is why, a number of apps have been released that can bring back the good old start menu on Windows 8 PCs.

If you are looking for a nifty and user friendly app that emulates the well known start menu in your Windows 8 computer, Iobit’s Start Menu 8 is ideal. It gets installed on top of Windows 8 Metro UI without fuss. One caveat that you will face during installation is the prompt to install Advanced SystemCare 6 software by IOBit.

The app checks almost all boxes when it comes to recreating Windows default start menu and customizing it. The search field is there as well. Much like the earlier Windows versions, this app lets you hide items like documents, control panel, administrative tools etc. Users can also choose to deactivate Windows 8 sidebar. Retro lovers can choose to set the start button to resemble that of Windows XP.

Start Menu 8 does have some minor glitches. When the taskbar is made to auto-hide, the app does not interact properly with it. It is more of an aesthetic issue than functional problem though.

Positive Points:
 -  Brilliantly designed interface which blends with Windows 8 perfectly.
 -  Frugal footprint.
 -  Works nicely with Windows 8.1 Preview too.

Negative Points:
 -  Does not interact with taskbar when it’s hidden.
 -  Prompts for installing third party app.

Conclusion:
Should you use Start Menu 8? There is no reason not to give this nifty app a try, if you want to use classic Windows Start menu in Windows 8. The app does not hog resources and offers you functionality of Windows start menu including customizations. There are other paid applications that offer few more features but for basic users seeking solution to familiarize themselves to Windows 8 interface, Start Menu 8 is a potent solution. Its minor glitch with taskbar is not much of a dampener.

Rating: 4/5







Start Menu 8 Publisher's Description

Start Menu 8 is a desktop customized utility for Windows users, specifically designed to bring back the familiar Classic Start Menu to Windows 8/8.1 & Windows 10. It offers a convenient and simple solution to freely switch between the latest Window 10 start menu and Windows Classic Start Menu. It also provides multiple start menus for Windows 7/Vista/XP. With the improved searching engine, you can quickly and easily access your apps and files from start menu. Start Menu 8 allows more customization with just a few clicks, which provides the options to skip Modern UI & Welcome on Windows 8.1 and customize your taskbar any way you like on Windows 10.

What\'s new:
+ Fully supported the latest Windows 10 version to perfectly switch between Windows Classic Start Menu and Windows 10 Start Menu
+ Smoother Start Menu launch with much less system resource usage for better customer experience
+ Added Update Automatically feature to get the latest version more quickly and conveniently
+ Optimized search engine for more comprehensive and faster results
* Fixed the bug of auto-minimizing open windows on some Windows 10 system
* Fixed the occasional failure of launching Start Menu on Windows 10
* Supported 37 languages
* And more can be discovered by you

Free download from Shareware Connection - Start Menu 8 is a desktop customized utility for Windows users, specifically designed to bring back the familiar Classic Start Menu to Windows 8/8.1 & Windows 10.

Publisher: IObit | License: Shareware | Price: 7.99
Version: 4.0.2.1 | Size: 11680 KB | Platform: Win2000,WinXP,Win7 x32,Win7 x64,Windows 8,Windows 10,WinServer,WinOther,Windows2000,Windows2003,Windows Server 2012,Windows Tablet PC Edition 2005,Windows Media Center Edition 2005,WinVista,Windows Vista Starter,Windows Vista Home Basic,Windows Vista Home Premium,Windows Vista Business,Windows Vista Enterprise,Windows Vista Ultimate,WinVista x64,Windows Vista Home Basic x64,Windows Vista Home Premium x64,Windows Vista Business x64,Windows Vista Enterprise x64,Windows Vista Ultimate x64
Released Date: 20-01-2017 | Rating: 5 | Title: Start Menu 8

Author Url: http://www.iobit.com
Program Info Url: http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php
Download Url: http://update.iobit.com/dl/sm8-setup.exe
Screenshot Url: http://www.iobit.com/pad/startmenu8-main.png

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