Start8 1.15 Final available for download

Stardock Start8 lets you return the Start Button to Windows 8. Microsoft Windows 8 is shipped without the “Start” menu. Start8 brings back Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements. Also you can view and launch installed applications (including Modern apps), All Programs menu. Start8 includes support for “jump lists”/recent documents for recently accessed programs (Devices, Documents, Music, Videos, Photos, Computer, and more). Pin favorite desktop and Metro apps shortcuts directly to the start menu for easy access. Start8 adds searchable Windows 8-style (Modern UI) Start menu options for Windows desktop applications, Modern applications, and documents. It allows automatically load directly to your Windows desktop on login (vs the start screen). In addition, you can also easily shutdown your PC without needing to access another menus.


  • Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
  • Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
  • Jump list support
  • Unified Search for Apps, Settings and Files
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Automatically matches the color of the taskbar
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start Menu
  • Optionally disable the Windows 8 desktop “hot spots”
  • Adds option for WinKey to show full screen metro desktop
  • Group Policy support


  • Configurable Start menu size
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu
  • Clean, streamlined UI enhances Start8′s usability


  • Optionally disable the desktop Windows 8 “hot spots”
  • Supports WindowFX 5.1 start menu animations (currently in beta)
  • Choose a custom Start button skin and color

What's new in this version:

  • New: optionally view the taskbar when using fullscreen Windows 8-style menu
  • Optimizations to icon loading code and frequently used apps list

Download: Start8 1.15 | 8.0 MB (Free to try, $4.99 to buy)
Link: Start8 Home Page

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Will test on the latest version of Windows 8.1 as it is broken (as aspected, and don't really expect this to work, but just testing)

That's a little alarming. I'm surprised this code would change unless Microsoft were explicitly tinkering with it. I hope it doesn't mean it won't be supported any more.

singularity87, yeah it was kinda odd.. It installed, the start button appeared, but was blank when you hit it.. Installed this version.. works good as new.. Now to fix Chrome.. It won't launch in Windowed mode (Vmware Fusion).. says the resolution is not high enough.. when it is.. you can launch in full screen mode and take it back to windowed mode.. I didn't mess with windows 8 beta much.. kinda miss messing with Windows betas lol..err or alpha in the case