Developer: Stardock Software Availability: paid 3. It even allows you to directly switch to the desktop mode when you boot up without need to see the windows 8 start screen. Pokki Pokki is a free program that provides users with a button that copies many of the old features of the Windows Start Menu. Power8 is a small utility that aims to bring and does the job pretty well. Power8 is a standalone software and one can launch the same without installing it. It allows you to choose between the classic and enhanced start menu.
The Start menu includes a search box to quickly search for installed programs and a Run command shortcut to launch various system tools. Or, is it possible to leave them both installed simultaneously? I am a user of Classic Shell and do recommend it as a fine replacement to the Start Menu. Like Power Shell and Stardock's Start 8, Power8 gives you a Start button that provides the look and feel of Windows 7's Start menu, with added customization options that will greatly improve your Windows 8 experience. This is nothing to stop you from running both at the same time and reaping the benefits of the best of both worlds. Alt + Z, very handy. The app also lets you change how things such as Run, Control Panel and Documents appear in the start screen. This time it's 3-way search, and better layout on non-Aero systems.
Left clicking the button takes you right back to the Start screen. In the settings, you can choose to auto-sort menus or lists, choose a custom Start Menu image, opt for the Windows 98 style Start Menu etc. Classic Shell The classic shell gives you a very simple, yet very powerful Start menu that you can customize any way you want. For this you can first open the Power8 Start Menu and then type the key e. Yep, as well as not impacting the system.
While many users and reviewers have found themselves missing the old Start Menu, the fact is that there are several ways to customize the Windows 8 Start screen to match your preferences. After taking considerable flack for killing the Start button, Microsoft is bringing it back as part of Windows 8. When Microsoft shocked the world by removing the Start Menu from Windows 8, developers all over the world responded by creating third party Start Menu for Windows 8. You can find and customize these keys from the settings for Power8. Do you feel like getting the mother of all Start menus? Favourite programs can be pinned to the Start menu. It does not even respond to the Windows logo key on the keyboard.
One of the more controversial and debated updates in Windows 8 is the overhauled Start screen — and the absence of the old Start Menu button. StartIsBack is a tiny application that gives you the possibility of assigning the classical start button and Start menu to Windows 8. With Power8, you have the old start menu at the lower left, which allows you to access all folders, applications and programs. Additionally, it has other tools for Windows desktop customization. The program can be configured to start with Windows so that it is available from the word go.
You can choose where on screen Power8 should appear and both this utility and the regular Start menu can be accessed by clicking much the same area of the taskbar — you can just pick and choose which one you want to use depending on what you are doing. By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. I find it quite handy by the way, this is how my all systems are set up. I'm very happy with the two versions of Classic Shell that I've already used on Windows 7 and Windows 8. I know it is a work in progress so I'm looking forward to updates and improvements. And it also has a lot of Start Button icons.
After the auto update kicked in and updated my current no problem running version of Power8. If you like it, you can get it. There's a known startup issue if you have C-Media drivers installed. This tools enable you to pin and organize favorite apps and websites for easier search, access hidden system features e. Some of the other downloads that allow users to replace the Start screen on Windows 8 include software like StartW8, StartMenu7, Win8 StartButton, ViStart, among others. But it does not really look like the classic Start Menu from the older versions of Windows. You can right-click on Power8 to access settings and quickly toggle the auto-run and auto-updates for it.
If you like it, give it a try. Users can choose between basic and advanced versions. Don't pay attention to it until Alpha 4 see. To quit the program, right-click on the Power8 button and click exit button. My colleague and I are writing the Start Menu replacer for Windows 8. Cloud Start Menu available The number of skins in the table givens the number of built-in skins.
You also get features that were available in older versions of Windows, like pop-out menus. This time it's 3-way search, and better layout on non-Aero systems. Upon reboot, since I have it running at startup I got the message seen in the attachment. Classic Shell brings the return of numerous features from older versions of Windows. But I cannot guarantee you'll see it It depends on how does your current StartMenu program behaves to place itself inside task bar. After changing the 1 to 0, you have your old start menu back. Power8 is another option that lets you replace the Start menu on Windows 8.