List of Start menu apps for Windows 8


Are you feeling lost after installing Windows 8 as you couldn't find the traditional Windows 7 style Start Menu in Windows 8? Learn how to reclaim the traditional Windows 7 style Start Menu/Button in Windows 8 with free/paid apps available on the net.

Microsoft has replaced the famous START MENU /BUTTON in latest Windows 8 operating system with START SCREEN. This is done to give users a seamless experience across the various touch and types devices available in the market. This change is welcomed by users having touch-screen devices but not by users who don't have the touch functionality in their systems. If you are thinking to uninstall Window 8 or planning to downgrade your system to older operating system just because Start Menu is missing or missing Start Button in Windows 8 is holding you back from installing it on your system, then hang on. Don't proceed further before reading this article which will present you a list of applications which are available on the net to get back the Start Menu (Windows XP or 7 style start button) on Windows 8 and their comparison too (see also How to get Shutdown, Restart & Logoff shortcuts in Windows 8). List is being sorted on the basis of free or paid apps available to restore old start menu in Windows 8.

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Applications to Bring Back Windows XP or 7 Style Start Menu in Windows 8 (FREEWARE)


Wentutu Start Menu: First in our list is, Wentutu Start Menu, a freeware utility, that helps users to get the Windows 7 style start menu in Windows 8. Wentutu Start Menu has the functionality to directly boot into the desktop mode completely disabling the new start screen in Windows 8.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Wentutu Start Menu application is very easy to use and can be exited anytime by selecting the "Exit StartMenu" option under Shut down button. You can configure Wentutu Start Menu on Settings Window according to your needs.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

This utility works great on Windows 8 system except for Start button blink problem which will occur whenever mouse cursor is hovered on Wentutu start button. Wentutu Start Menu for Windows 8 currently supports 14 languages. Download Wentutu Start Menu app.

Wentutu Start Menu app installation on Windows 8 Video


StartW8 Menu App: Second in the list is StartW8 Menu, another freeware application that lets users to bring back the traditional Windows 7 style Start menu in Windows 8. This application allows users to fully customize the Start menu along with the functionality to disable the Metro UI on Windows 8. You can choose which menu items to show in StartW8 menu. StartW8 Menu app currently supports 18 languages.

How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Download StartW8 app

StartW8 app installation on Windows 8 Video


Classic Shell App: Third in the list is reliable classic shell utility which has been there since Windows Vista & 7 editions, to provide users Windows XP style start menu in Windows Vista & 7. Classic Shell is been further updated to make it compatible with Windows 8. Classic shell offers three styles of Start menu for Windows 8: 1) Windows classic 2) Windows XP 3) Windows Vista/Windows 7. Classic shell app has two settings mode: 1) Basic settings 2) All Settings. You can change to all settings mode to customize the Start menu settings and vice-versa.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Classic shell also provides direct access to Metro apps in desktop mode. In case you messed up with settings, reset the Start menu skin to default under Skin tab in basic settings. Download Classic shell Start Menu app for Windows 8.

Classic Shell app installation on Windows 8 Video


Win8StartButton App: Win8StartButton is a tiny application, which provides the seamless experience to users by creating Start Menu's GUI exactly like Metro Graphic User interface (GUI), it's more like a mini Start screen of Windows 8.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Win8StartButton has all the functionality that are available in other applications, the only downside of this app is that few option names are only in German language, for example, un-installation message. Download Win8StartButton app.

Win8Start app installation on Windows 8 Video


Classic Start 8 App: Classic Start 8 is another freeware app, has the all familiar features of Windows 7 style Start menu, including one click access to Search box, Recent Programs, Control Panel etc.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Download Classic Start 8 app

Classic Start 8 app installation on Windows 8 Video


Pokki Start Menu App: Last in freeware list is, Pokki Start Menu app for Windows 8 which has a distinct GUI than other applications mentioned above. Pokki app has features like Direct boot to Desktop mode, disable all hot corners, Banner notification pop up etc.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

All in all, Pokki start menu for Windows 8 app provides awesome user experience. Pokki app also has an in-house apps store to download apps.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Download Pokki for Windows 8 App

Pokki Start Menu app installation on Windows 8 Video


There are two more free apps available on the net: 1) Start Button 8 2) ViStart Windows 8 Start menu. Unfortunately these apps didn't work as expected. Thus could not find mention in our list.

Applications to get Windows XP or 7 Style Start Menu in Windows 8 (PAID)


StartIsBack App: First in paid list is, StartIsBack app, which brings back the Windows 7 start menu with same features and functionality along with fully customizable settings.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Download StartIsBack App 30 days trial version.

StartIsBack app installation on Windows 8 Video


Stardock Start8: Second in list is, Stardock's Start8 which offers to get back Windows 7 style start menu in Windows 8. Start8 has the features like pin desktop & metro apps to start menu, boot directly to Windows 8 desktop mode, automatically matches with the color of taskbar, unified search box etc. Download Stardock Start8 App 30 days trial version.If you wish to continue it further, purchase the license key for $4.99.
How to get Start Menu in Windows 8

Stardock Start8 app installation on Windows 8 Video



Comparison
In paid apps category, Stardock's Start8 app is clearly an upper hand on any other paid apps listed here or available on the net. In free apps there is stiff competition between Classic shell start menu app and Pokki start menu app. Users comfortable only with traditional start menu should go to classic shell app, on the other hand users who love to try new app while maintaining the same old layout, can try Pokki app.


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