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[color=#000000][size=4]This is in no way comprehensive, but if people know more, please add to the list:[/size]



[size=4][b]Power8[/b]:[/size][/color]
[size=4][url="http://code.google.com/p/power8"]http://code.google.com/p/power8[/url][/size]

[color=#000000][size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]StartMenu8[/b]:[/font][/size][/color]
[size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php"]http://www.iobit.com...tstartmenu8.php[/url][/color][/font][/size]

[color=#000000][size=4][b][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]StartMenu X[/font][/b][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]:[/font][/size][/color]
[size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://www.startmenux.com/index.html"]http://www.startmenux.com/index.html[/url][/color][/font][/size]

[color=#000000][size=4][b][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]ClassicShell[/font][/b][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]:[/font][/size][/color]
[size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://classicshell.sf.net"]http://classicshell.sf.net[/url][/color][/font][/size]

[color=#000000][size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Spesoft Free Windows 8 Start Menu[/b]:[/font][/size][/color]
[size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://www.spesoft.com/free-windows-8-start-menu.aspx"]http://www.spesoft.c...start-menu.aspx[/url][/color][/font][/size]

[color=#000000][size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Taskbar Classic Start Menu[/b]:[/font][/size][/color]
[size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://softwaredistribution.xclan.ru"]http://softwaredistribution.xclan.ru[/url][/color][/font][/size]

[color=#000000][size=4][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]ViStart[/b]:[/font][/size][/color]
[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://lee-soft.com/vistart"]http://lee-soft.com/vistart[/url][/color][/font]

[color=#000000][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Revel BringBack 8[/b]:[/font][/color]
[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://www.revel-software.it/BringBack.aspx"]http://www.revel-sof.../BringBack.aspx[/url][/color][/font]

[color=#000000][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Handy Start Menu[/b]:[/font][/color]
[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://www.handystartmenu.com/"]http://www.handystartmenu.com/[/url][/color][/font]

[color=#000000][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Start8[/b]:[/font][/color]
[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#2f3b48][url="http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/"]http://www.stardock....roducts/start8/[/url][/color][/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#000000][b]StartIsBack[/b]:[/color][/font]
[font="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"][color="#000000"][url="http://startisback.com/"]http://startisback.com/[/url][/color][/font]
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Ex7ForWin8 - [url="http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/35189-Windows-7-explorer-for-Windows-8"]http://forums.mydigi...r-for-Windows-8[/url]
Which later turned into
Start Is Back - [url="http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/158666-start-is-back/"]http://www.msfn.org/...-start-is-back/[/url]

Usually stick with the standard Windows 8 start screen (actually like it), but occasionally will switch shells just to make organizing the "back side" of the start screen easier. Like these as it's the real Win7 shell/start menu and not a work-alike.

[i]Edit: [/i]And derp.. just notice SIB on the original post. Either my brain is broken due to lack of coffee or my reading comprehension is bad today.

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I'd say Start 8 is the best one, IMO.
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Another vote for Start8 from me! Looks and feels just as if it was a part of Windows. :)

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[quote name='Tyler R.' timestamp='1351871800' post='595291983']
I'd say Start 8 is the best one, IMO.
[/quote]
It's not.

StartIsBack is, as it is the native Windows 7 start menu.
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[quote name='@Leo' timestamp='1351872619' post='595292015']
It's not.

StartIsBack is, as it is the native Windows 7 start menu.
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Derp! Never looked into it. I might have to check it out when I have the time. Thanks! :)

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[quote name='@Leo' timestamp='1351872619' post='595292015'] It's not. StartIsBack is, as it is the native Windows 7 start menu. [/quote]

Care to explain to us how that is the native Windows 7 start menu? How are they going to make it part of the OS if Microsoft took out the Start Menu codes from the registry and the system itself?

[url="http://startisback.com/"]http://startisback.com/[/url]

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[quote name='Scorbing' timestamp='1351876685' post='595292215']Care to explain to us how that is the native Windows 7 start menu? How are they going to make it part of the OS if Microsoft took out the Start Menu codes from the registry and the system itself?[/quote]
Haven't tried SIB myself, used his previous ExForWin7, guessing it's along similar lines. It installs the Windows 7 Explorer as an alternate shell, not a knockoff but the actual files from the Windows 7 ISO, it'll ask for it during the installation. (Installs elsewhere, doesn't overwrite the original, and you'll still retain Win8's file manager.) Couple very minor quirks aside it worked quite well, and would guess SIB improves on it.. very rarely had the desire to switch to the Win7 shell so never bothered to update it.. purely using for easymode start screen organization then switching back.

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http://www.startbutton8.com/index.html
http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php
http://code.google.com/p/power8/
http://www.startmenu7.com/index.html
https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu
http://www.spesoft.com/free-windows-8-start-menu.aspx
http://maketecheasier.com/restore-start-menu-in-windows-8/2012/08/13
http://www.ghacks.net/2012/10/09/whats-the-best-windows-8-start-menu-program/
http://www.winability.com/startfinity/
http://www.revel-software.it/BringBack.aspx
http://sourceforge.net/projects/w8-start-menu/?source=directory
http://tweaks.com/windows/63691/tweakscom-start-for-windows-8-restore-start-button/
http://windows8startbutton.com/
http://lee-soft.com/vistart/
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
https://www.totalidea.com/8startbutton/index.php
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[quote name='Max Norris' timestamp='1351876946' post='595292223']
Haven't tried SIB myself, used his previous ExForWin7, guessing it's along similar lines. It installs the Windows 7 Explorer as an alternate shell, not a knockoff but the actual files from the Windows 7 ISO, it'll ask for it during the installation. (Installs elsewhere, doesn't overwrite the original, and you'll still retain Win8's file manager.) Couple very minor quirks aside it worked quite well, and would guess SIB improves on it.. very rarely had the desire to switch to the Win7 shell so never bothered to update it.. purely using for easymode start screen organization then switching back.
[/quote]

Well isn't that what Stardock did with Start8? I installed Start8 and I do not see any startup app or anything running in the background so I am thinking maybe they added the code inside the registry to make it work. Nevertheless, it works great.

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[quote name='Copernic' timestamp='1351877300' post='595292239']
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It would be a good idea to space that list out, also, take out the ones that I already listed in my OP.

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Start8 is its own application, that's what it has features that go beyond what the "normal" start menu does. Even cooler stuff coming. :)

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[quote name='Island Dog' timestamp='1351890191' post='595292785']
Start8 is its own application, that's what it has features that go beyond what the "normal" start menu does. Even cooler stuff coming. :)
[/quote]Of course you would defend start 8 lol
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Great. I have my Start Menu back.

Next: Give me rounded corners and Aero. Please!!

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Seriously, must every single goddam thread about start replacements be trolled with this mindless schlok? We get it, everything Microsoft does is awesome. Go and flagellate in another topic and leave these ones alone.

[quote name='Max Norris' timestamp='1351876946' post='595292223']
Haven't tried SIB myself, used his previous ExForWin7, guessing it's along similar lines. It installs the Windows 7 Explorer as an alternate shell, not a knockoff but the actual files from the Windows 7 ISO, it'll ask for it during the installation. (Installs elsewhere, doesn't overwrite the original, and you'll still retain Win8's file manager.) Couple very minor quirks aside it worked quite well, and would guess SIB improves on it.. very rarely had the desire to switch to the Win7 shell so never bothered to update it.. purely using for easymode start screen organization then switching back.
[/quote]

SIB uses no content from Windows 7, it simply installs a DLL that acts as a hook to enable some functions that are still present in Explorer to present a fully working start menu. You still use the Windows 8 explorer, and you still have a fully functional start screen.

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[quote name='Scorbing' timestamp='1351876685' post='595292215']
Care to explain to us how that is the native Windows 7 start menu? How are they going to make it part of the OS if Microsoft took out the Start Menu codes from the registry and the system itself?

[url="http://startisback.com/"]http://startisback.com/[/url]
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[quote name='Max Norris' timestamp='1351876946' post='595292223']
Haven't tried SIB myself, used his previous ExForWin7, guessing it's along similar lines. It installs the Windows 7 Explorer as an alternate shell, not a knockoff but the actual files from the Windows 7 ISO, it'll ask for it during the installation. (Installs elsewhere, doesn't overwrite the original, and you'll still retain Win8's file manager.) Couple very minor quirks aside it worked quite well, and would guess SIB improves on it.. very rarely had the desire to switch to the Win7 shell so never bothered to update it.. purely using for easymode start screen organization then switching back.
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Start is back does not require any previous Windows 7 files, and I am not entirely sure how the Win7 code has been taken, but during install it hooks right into Explorer. This also does not kill Metro, as opposed to Ex7ForWin8, which replaced the entire Explorer.exe binary.

Start8 isn't a very good imitation either, and looks bad from design point. I'd rather have the real deal.

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Regardless if it was from a one post wonder, StartMenuPlus8 should not have been deleted from this topic, because it's still relevant.

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

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[quote name='Asrokhel' timestamp='1352120376' post='595298053']
Regardless if it was from a one post wonder, StartMenuPlus8 should not have been deleted from this topic, because it's still relevant.

StartMenuPlus8:
[url="http://www.winok-msixray.com"]http://www.winok-msixray.com[/url]
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I'm sorry but.... that.... looks atrocious!
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Start8 is probably the second best to StartIsBack, but it was known to take up huge amounts of ram in Windows Explorer, at least for me. StartIsBack is the best since it's free and looks and acts JUST like Windows 7's Start Menu. I did wish I could have the Metro theme from Start8 so it'll look like it belongs there.

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StartIsBack v1.0 has been released :rolleyes:

http://www.startisback.com/
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[url=http://www.retroui.com/default.asp]RetroUI Pro[/url]

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I just installed startisback and all my WIndows 8 woes are no more. How did Microsoft decide that the new start menu was good enough to replace the traditional start menu? I have disabled everything about metro including the ridiculous charm bar.

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[b]Wentutu Start Menu 1.2[/b]
http://www.wentutu.com/

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I was searching to see if there were anymore Start Menu replacements, and it seems someone has been copying this list that I posted here as well as added parts of Copernic's list to, while adding in some new things. Here's a copy of that list:

[b]Power8:[/b]
[url="http://code.google.com/p/power8"]http://code.google.com/p/power8[/url]

[b]StartMenu8:[/b]
[url="http://redirectingat.com/?id=2927x594702&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iobit.com%2Fiobitstartmenu8.php"]http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php[/url]

[b]Start Menu X:[/b]
[url="http://www.startmenux.com/index.html"]http://www.startmenux.com/index.html[/url]

[b]Classic Shell:[/b]
[url="http://classicshell.sf.net/"]http://classicshell.sf.net[/url]

[b]Spesoft Windows 8 Start Menu:[/b]
[url="http://www.spesoft.com/free-windows-8-start-menu.aspx"]http://www.spesoft.c...start-menu.aspx[/url]

[b]Taskbar Classic Start Menu:[/b]
[url="http://www.desktopapps.org/"]http://www.desktopapps.org/[/url]

[b]ViStart:[/b]
[url="http://lee-soft.com/vistart"]http://lee-soft.com/vistart[/url]

[b]BringBack 8:[/b]
[url="http://www.revel-software.it/BringBack.aspx"]http://www.revel-sof.../BringBack.aspx[/url]

[b]Handy Start Menu:[/b]
[url="http://www.handystartmenu.com/"]http://www.handystartmenu.com/[/url]

[b]Start8:[/b]
[url="http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/"]http://www.stardock....roducts/start8/[/url]

[b]StartIsBack:[/b]
[url="http://startisback.com/"]http://startisback.com/[/url]

[b]Start Button 8:[/b]
[url="http://www.startbutton8.com/index.html"]http://www.startbutton8.com/index.html[/url]

[b]Pokki:[/b]
[url="http://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu"]http://www.pokki.com...ws-8-start-menu[/url]

[b]Win8StartButton:[/b]
[url="http://www.quadsoft.org/moredownloads.php"]http://www.quadsoft....redownloads.php[/url]

[b]StartFinity:[/b]
[url="http://www.winability.com/startfinity/"]http://www.winability.com/startfinity/[/url]

[b]Windows 8 Start Menu:[/b]
[url="http://sourceforge.net/projects/w8-start-menu/"]http://sourceforge.n.../w8-start-menu/[/url]

[b]Tweaks.com Start for Windows 8:[/b]
[url="http://tweaks.com/windows/63691/tweakscom-start-for-windows-8-restore-start-button/"]http://tweaks.com/windows/63691/twea...-start-button/[/url]

[b]Start Button for Windows 8:[/b]
[url="http://windows8startbutton.com/"]http://windows8startbutton.com/[/url]

[b]8StartButton:[/b]
[url="http://www.totalidea.com/8startbutton/index.php"]http://www.totalidea...utton/index.php[/url]

[b]StartMenuPlus8:[/b]
[url="http://www.winok-msixray.com/"]http://www.winok-msixray.com/[/url]

[b]RetroUI Pro:[/b]
[url="http://www.retroui.com/default.asp"]http://www.retroui.com/default.asp[/url]

[b]Viva Start Menu:[/b]
[url="http://www.vivastartmenu.com/"]http://www.vivastartmenu.com/[/url]

[b]Win8Starter:[/b]
[url="http://www.win8starter.com/index-en.html"]http://www.win8start...m/index-en.html[/url]

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Hello,

Lenovo computers: [url="http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS032411&rss=true"]Lenovo QuickLaunch for Windows 8[/url]

Samsung computers: Samsung Quick Starter (go to [url="http://www.samsung.com/us/support/win8upgrade/"]Samsung Windows 8 Upgrade Page[/url] and install the [i]Windows 8 Software & Drivers Update Tool[/i], which will then download the tool).


Personally, I'm starting to get used to the Start Screen, but I do see how a program to bridge the gap might be useful for some users until they become used to the new functionality.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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