Windows 8 (32-Bit/64-Bit)
FreewareFiles Editor's Review
StartW8 is a start menu alternative for Windows 8. Many people associate the Start Menu with Windows operating systems since it has been used for more than two decades. However, Windows 8 uses a modernUI that has removed this feature. As a result, several third-party applications have been designed to create a Windows 8 Start Menu, some of which are paid.
Although StartW8 is one of the free programs, it is a powerful tool that does not only bring the Start Menu to Windows 8 but also adds some special features. In addition to bringing the Start Menu, it allows users to search for specific programs or files on their PCs quickly by using keywords.
We installed StartW8 smoothly and it became active without restarting our computer. The program immediately placed the custom start button in the usual lower left corner. Its appearance closely resembles that of Windows 7 Start Menu but someone who is used Windows 7 will detect the difference relatively easily.
Using StartW8Clicking on the Start button revealed a number of familiar features, including:
Although we could switch from frequently used programs to display all installed programs, the process did not take place automatically when we hovered the mouse. However, the context menu included some useful shortcuts, including Command Prompt, Run and Windows Explorer. The power button gave us such options as Sleep, Hibernate, Lock, Switch User, Sign Out, Shutdown and restart. Many applications in the same category do not offer as many options.
The configuration panel is pre-set to suit many ordinary uses. The panel is divided into two sections that we could use to set the default action upon clicking the power button, how the operating system should behave after we sign in and customize the side menu.
We could enable hotkeys under the Basic Settings panel to launch the Windows 8 Start Menu if we switched to the modernUI. Although the program did not interfere with the function of the hot corner button located at the lower left corner, it gave us the option to disable it.
StartW8 is an effective start menu alternative for Windows 8 users who don't want to use the modernUI.
A free start menu alternative for Windows 8.
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