Start8 1.31 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.

Features:

  • 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

Control:

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

Customization:

  • 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:

  • Added some additional strings to bundled language files for Windows 8.1
  • DisplayFusion fixes
  • Hid the advanced option to go to desktop when closing a metro app on Win8.1
  • Disabled the option for the user picture to hide the user picture when using a WB skin
  • Fixed an issue with custom themes and non English languages where the shutdown button would clip text

Download: Start8 1.31 | 7.1 MB (Free to try, $3.99 to buy)
Link: Start8 Home Page | Release History

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It's just the world shifting. Back in the days with Win2k and XP we even removed the start button to have a cleaner interface.

Agreed. I know there are a ton of customization options available via RainMeter, but I really think Microsoft and Apple should allow complete customization of the GUI. Not the lack luster Control Panel modifications already present.

Some people just have a harder time dealing with changes. It's funny how those of us who dislike change are so attached to technology--something that is ever changing.

Wow. You should try to get a job at Microsoft. If you don't understand how this kind of change wasn't good, you'd fit in well with them!

The Gamer said,
Some people just have a harder time dealing with changes. It's funny how those of us who dislike change are so attached to technology--something that is ever changing.

Hey I will take away something from you and charge you for it. I hope it won't be hard for you to deal with the change. Seriously, technology should adapt for people, not the other way round.

UXGaurav said,

Hey I will take away something from you and charge you for it. I hope it won't be hard for you to deal with the change. Seriously, technology should adapt for people, not the other way round.

Just out of curiosity and with no intent to attack you in any way, what made you want to upgrade to Windows 8?

Let's just say I am always one of the early adopters so I can fix the broken (P)OS myself to make it work the way I want. Fixing Windows 7/Vista took me almost a Ph.D in OS migration. Doesn't mean I stopped using older OSes.

UXGaurav said,
Let's just say I am always one of the early adopters so I can fix the broken (P)OS myself to make it work the way I want. Fixing Windows 7/Vista took me almost a Ph.D in OS migration. Doesn't mean I stopped using older OSes.

Ah, okay. So then you like to poke around new OSes and see where you can make some alterations to suit your liking? Is part of your enjoyment just tinkering with the OS to see what you can do then?

I like to be an early adopter as well, so maybe that's why I just expect changes that will be earth-shattering to others, but seem less so to me.