RetroUI Free Start menu for Windows 8 announced

While it looks like Microsoft will indeed put in a Start button for the upcoming free Windows 8.1 upgrade later this year, it will not signal a full return to the Start menu UI that many desktop Windows 8 users would still like to have. Thankfully, there are a number of third party applications that offer their own versions of a Start menu replacement for Windows 8.

One of them is RetroUI Pro from developer Thinix, and this week the company announced it was offering a new version of the program, RetroUI Free, for anyone who has a Facebook account. After signing onto Facebook account, users then have to "Like" the RetroUI Facebook page. After that's done, they surf to the RetroUI website, while still logged into Facebook, and fill out a form with their email address. Download links to both the 32- and 64-bit copies of RetroUI Free, licensed for use by one PC, will then be sent to that address.

Thinix is still selling RetroUI Pro, which has a few more features than the free version, for $4.95 for use on one PC, or for $9.95 for a license to use it on three PCs. RetroUI Pro also has a seven day free trial version but RetroUI Free has no expiration date.

Source: RetroUI | Image via Thinix

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Because Microsoft has stated that there will be NO service packs going forward for Windows. Instead the OS will be updated yearly.

pookie62 said,
Because Microsoft has stated that there will be NO service packs going forward for Windows. Instead the OS will be updated yearly.

I guess the old IT adage of "wait for the first service pack" will have to change to "wait for the first minor version increment".

pookie62 said,
Because Microsoft has stated that there will be NO service packs going forward for Windows. Instead the OS will be updated yearly.

Different name, same packs of patches.

Looks like this has a better search launch compared to classic shell. I am willing to give it a shot. I don't care how it looks, I just want a search launch that works.

I really believe if Modern UI Search is truly unified and fixed in 8.1, combined with the return of the Start "button." Start Menu replacements will begin to fade away.

I believe like Windows 95 program launchers they will go away regardless. People will eventually stop being stubborn and realize that the learning curve involved in going from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is not any worse than going from Windows 7 to OS X.

Why do developers insist on using Windows 7 style UI and icons for Windows 8 apps? It looks so much out of place with the rounded edges, glassy look, ugly icons, etc. I guess to each their own. I hate how this looks and would never use it daily...

Dot Matrix said,

No. Hell, no. Just. No.


I would much prefer to have this then the Windows 8.1 start button that does nothing. This at least contains more useful shortcuts and options.

It won't, don't worry. Thank God too, I didn't want to see tiny text and tiny icons and clicking it with a tiny mouse pointer - big interactive tiles are far far better.

ChrisJ1968 said,
8.0 for tablet users. 8.1 for laptop and desktop users who want start menu

8 is only bringing back the button, its basically no different. How is it suddenly "for desktop users"? The Start Menu is still gone.

ASZ20 said,
I have no problem with 8.0 on my laptop and really hope the start menu does not make a return in 8.1.

Why do you hope an option you can decide to not use wont be back ?

McKay said,

8 is only bringing back the button, its basically no different.

Exactly. This has been stated many times for the past several weeks.

testman said,
It won't, don't worry. Thank God too, I didn't want to see tiny text and tiny icons and clicking it with a tiny mouse pointer - big interactive tiles are far far better.

I dont mind smaller icons/text. I can see everything I need to and have no problems hitting it with my mouse. Tho, that may change in 30 years or so...but it will just be nice to have more options/customizations.

ASZ20 said,
I have no problem with 8.0 on my laptop and really hope the start menu does not make a return in 8.1.

What are you saying?.
What i miss from the Start Menu
a) proper groups.
b) long names (right now, the names are trimmed).
c) pinned documents / last documents.

Right now, for the people that uses Desktop intensively, the current Metro Menu is a mess and i don't know how to fix it (without adding third party apps). It is a mess in the Metro Menu and it is worst in the "All Apps".

Also, some applications are not found by typing part of the name by other than the initial letters. For example, i have installed WINRAR and typing RAR shows me a different file.

LaP said,

Why do you hope an option you can decide to not use wont be back ?


So it's not as much not wanting the option, it's more like we won't be given the option. Microsoft will never give an option, it will always be one or the other for everyone unless you use third-party tools. And then the start screen is preferable.

Brony said,

Right now, for the people that uses Desktop intensively, the current Metro Menu is a mess and i don't know how to fix it (without adding third party apps). It is a mess in the Metro Menu and it is worst in the "All Apps".

It's not that much a mess for people who don't use very many different apps. I use a moderate amount of apps (browser, games, Spotify and some development tools) and I don't find it a mess. But maybe that was what you meant with "uses Desktop intensively", people that uses very many different apps and such?

Brony said,

What are you saying?.
What i miss from the Start Menu
a) proper groups.
b) long names (right now, the names are trimmed).
c) pinned documents / last documents.

Right now, for the people that uses Desktop intensively, the current Metro Menu is a mess and i don't know how to fix it (without adding third party apps). It is a mess in the Metro Menu and it is worst in the "All Apps".

Also, some applications are not found by typing part of the name by other than the initial letters. For example, i have installed WINRAR and typing RAR shows me a different file.

maybe if you typed the actual name of the program it would find it, as all i just typed in was "win" and oh look its the second one it found