Start8 Brings The Start Button Back To Windows 8

Start8 Brings The Start Button Back To Windows 8

If you’ve been giving the Windows 8 Consumer Preview a whirl and just can’t get past the lack of a start button or you haven’t been able to fall in love with the start screen, Start8 is a new utility from StarDock that brings the start button back to the taskbar in all its glory.Once installed, Start8 adds the start button back to its familiar home on the taskbar. Just click Desktop from the Start Screen to see it. When you click the Start button however, you’ll see a different, more Metro styled Start Menu than you may be accustomed to. It works the same however; you can still use the Run box to open programs, you can still click “Apps” to see all of your programs, or “Settings” to see which control panels are available, and you can pin items to the Start Menu for quick access. It’s a little different, but if you find yourself wishing Windows 8 would at least give you the option to have a Start button or Start Menu, Start8 offers it to you.

Start8 is a free download from StarDock — you’ll have to provide an email address to get a download link, but they don’t email you with the link or any kind of confirmation, so just type in your address, click submit, and you can download immediately.

Start8 for Windows 8 [Stardock]


  • I tried this a few days ago along with a few other methods and none including this one are what is required for the start menu. Hopefully, Microsoft will realise that this is an easy fix… just bring back the original bloody start menu! Metro is brilliant for touch screens, but the start menu is far more user freindly on a regular PC. I think I’ll wait till they bring it back and just get the most out of the desktop/Metro setup for the time being.

  • ‘Start8’ is certainly an improvement for the Windows 8 preview, but in my opinion Windows 8 is still a mess.

    In my opinion Windows 8 only needed to be a refined version of windows 7 (such that everything runs faster and looks better and has a smaller footprint) that incorporates the Microsoft App store. Instead Windows 8 is a software monstrosity born of an attempt to fully integrate social media and ‘single-use’ apps into a desktop PC environment, where they simply don’t belong. Full-screen single-use apps are the mortal enemy of multitasking – nobody wants to be switching full-screen apps every time they want to jump between programs! On a touch device Windows 8 would be ok, but on a desktop PC Windows 8 simply does not work in its current configuration.

    • Interestingly, my university is still running Windows XP after the debacle that was Vista. Windows 7 has now proven itself to be reliable, but even so every new PC is still stripped of windows 7 and XP is installed. If the uni’s IT department won’t even support Windows 7, there’s absolutely no chance they’d be willing to adopt the sorry excuse for an operating system that is Windows 8.

  • I am a computer tech… this O/S is going to become another great flop from Microshaft. Who in their right mind thinks this is PC friendly? How about making the start menu button an option? Not a difficult solution to those like me whom are totally lost in the Metro mumble jumble. I still have no idea how to move around in this “crap” O/S with a mouse. I think I’ll stick with good ole “Ubuntu” which is free and extremely reliable/stable…

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