StartIsBack 2.1 RC0

StartIsBack returns Windows 8 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. StartIsBack radically improves desktop usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free. StartIsBack is fully native lightweight zero-privileges program, cheap and fair, fast, stable and secure.

StartIsBack restores original Windows 7 start menu with all its features: search, jump lists, drag&drop, pinned and recently used apps, fully customizable settings. Start button and Start menu look and behave exactly as they used to in Windows 7. StartIsBack includes fine-tuned visual styles and start button images that will fit your style and Windows 8 style. StartIsBack does not run any additional services or programs. It integrates into your computer smoothly. It does not require any other tools or frameworks to install and can be installed without administrative privileges. Start menu is fully localized into your language with same metrics and names Windows 7 had.

Changes in 2.1 RC0:

New:

  • Configurator fully supports high DPI modes / RTL languages
  • Folders are sorted before items in All Programs XP style program subfolders
  • Desktop toast is shown when new version is available

Fixed:

  • Fixed 'Rename Start screen into Apps screen' feature breaking desktop app toast notifications
  • Fixed 'When I close modern app - Return to last environment' feature not working as expected in 2.0.2

Download: StartIsBack 2.1 RC0 | 857 KB (30 Days Trial)
View: StartIsBack Website

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Does it work with the latest leaked build of Windows Blue? (Apparently Blue doesn't play nicely with any of the current versions of start menu replacements).
If Blue has somehow disabled this kind of add-on, then I will finally believe that MS really does have a corporate deathwish.

I'm sure they don't have the goal to kill third party utilities. From what I've heard, though, Blue uses significantly less resources, so it could be that MS has cut down on something these applications rely on?

Still, my bet is that the developers just need to adapt the code slightly. Perhaps with StartIsBack as an exception.

No, and according to Tihiy it never will as they've purposely re-architectured it to make start apps impossible to use.

If that's the case I suppose Blue isn't for me. Unless it's for a very important reason, a move like that would be absolutely nuts. Let's hope that Stardock finds a way around it.

Surely Microsoft can't be shooting themselves in the foot--again? Half the Internet is crying for a start menu.

Jub Fequois said,
Surely Microsoft can't be shooting themselves in the foot--again? Half the Internet is crying for a start menu.

And that's the half that will be writing the reviews and influencing consumer opinion. Win8's reputation is poor enough already (compare e.g. customer reviews for Win7/8 on Amazon). Lose the ability to add back that missing functionality, and Win8's reputation in the market is toast.

gb8080 said,

And that's the half that will be writing the reviews and influencing consumer opinion. Win8's reputation is poor enough already (compare e.g. customer reviews for Win7/8 on Amazon). Lose the ability to add back that missing functionality, and Win8's reputation in the market is toast.

People seriously need to adapt to change. I still remember people complaining about the Start Menu add in Windows 95 and swore to kingdom come, they would never leave Win 3.11. Humans can adapt; just get over it, take the plunge, and get used to it like the rest of us!

gb8080 said,
And that's the half that will be writing the reviews and influencing consumer opinion.

A lot of websites write negative things about Windows 8 simply to increase page views and therefore ad impressions. It's a shame really.