Power8 v1.4.1 Beta

Power8 is a replacement Start menu tool that has a neat a compact look. While it has been primarily designed for disillusioned Windows 8 users, there is no reason that it cannot be used in other versions of the operating system as it has a number of interesting features.

Power8 is a little different from other Start menu replacements in that it does not try to completely replace the existing Start menu, nor does it skin it. This is essentially a standalone program which is not reliant on any system files and this brings the added advantage that changes to Windows will never mean that the program is rendered unusable.


  • No system files patching
  • No hooks over system objects
  • No app-init DLLs
  • No additional services, drivers, etc
  • No trash in registry
  • No installation - just unpack and launch
  • Small, fast and powerful
  • Open-source

Power8 was designed for Windows 8 (v.1.0.1 tested under RTM 9200) works under XP SP3 and Windows 7 SP1 as well.

Download: Power8 v1.4.1 Beta | 572 KB (Open Source)
Download archive: Power8 v1.4.1 Beta | 207 KB
View: Power8 Website | Release Notes

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I like ClassicShell. It may not be as polished as some, but it covers all the bases and is very customizable... I've been using it for the past few weeks since I finally decided to give my $40 copy of Windows 8 a try on one of my machines. I still miss Windows 7 and its comfortable feel, but at least I'm not feeling the urge to uninstall Windows 8 out of frustration with having to deal with the whole Metro screen. And the best part is that ClassicShell is free.

Really not worth using compared to other alternatives.

If you want the startmenu, try StartIsBack. If you don't want to pay for it, you can try out ViStart.

Crucify said,
Huh? Many people prefer glass over the bland flat look we have now in Windows 8.

Yes, we like the taskbar and the tops of windows to me transparent, not the entire god damn thing!