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Download Start8 - Adds a Start Menu to Windows 8

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License / Price: Trial / USD 4.99

Operating Systems: Windows 8 32-bit / 8 64-bit / Server 2012


Adds a Start Menu to Windows 8

Windows 8 is the operating system launched by Microsoft in 2012, and one of its innovations was the removal of the traditional Start Menu. Considering there are numerous people all over the world who are very much used to relying on this tool on a daily basis, software developers have started creating alternatives, such as Start8. 

The installation process of Start8 can be completed without any issues and users can get a brand new Start Menu for their Windows 8 PC within minutes.

The newly-generated Start Menu bear a striking resemblance to the one included in Windows 7, allowing users to easily search for their programs, access the Control Panel, open the Documents, Pictures and Music folders or to explore the games. It also provides users with power options, including restart, log off, sleep, hibernate or switch user accounts.

Users can access the Configuration window of Start8 when they want to experiment with different styles of the Start Menu, until they are fully satisfied with the result. As such, they can choose the Windows 7 style or they can opt for the Windows 8 one, which integrates elements of the Start Screen (without making it full screen, as the real one).

Users can personalize the entries of their Start Menu, by modifying the default shortcuts and adding new ones, so as to be able to easily access their favorite folders, apps or games. It is also possible to change the default behavior of the power button.

Start8 provides users with additional customization options, including the look of the Start button as users can select a custom image of their own to make sure it matches the OS theme.

To sum up, Start8 can help users bring back several Windows features they might miss when upgrading to Windows 8, such as directly accessing the desktop rather than the Start Screen when logging in or the Start Menu. Those who want to try Start8 can do so for a limited period of time and purchase a license if they are pleased with the app’s functions.

Start8 description

Here are some key features of "Start8":

· Adds a "Start" button to the Windows 8 taskbar.

Adds a classic styled "Start" menu to the Windows 8 taskbar. Including support for:
· View and launch installed applications (including Modern apps), All Programs menu,
· quick links to commonly accessed folders (Documents, Music, Photos, Computer, and more).
· Adds searchable Start menu options for Windows desktop applications, Modern applications, and documents.
· Automatically load directly to your Windows desktop on login (vs the start screen).
· Pin favorite shortcuts directly to the start menu for easy access.
· Includes support for "jump lists"/recent documents for recently accessed programs.

Limitations:
· 30 days trial period

What's New in This Release:
· NEW - Folders pinned to the Start Menu allow you to view the first X items as a jumplist
· NEW - Custom places locations.(Add a dropbox location for example).
· NEW - Improved "Go straight to desktop" on login feature
· NEW - UI supports translation via lng files. See \lang\en.lng file for info.
· Added rename support in the tree
· Added drag & drop including rearranging items in the all programs tree
· Search box now allows %appdata%
· Tweaks to "Search" to reduce memory usage slightly
· Performance enhancements in the all programs tree to work around a flaw in Windows Defender
· Resolved a problem with the Start Menu position when the taskbar was on the right and there is a docked app
· "Send to sub menu" now allowed on the tree right click menu
· Tree now includes hidden items
· When using the search box to view folders, the performance is now improved
· "Places" menus no longer select the first entry
· Option to make "Places" list entries and take less room, thus allowing more to show in less sp...

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