Add Windows 7 Start Menu Start Orb To Windows 8 With StartMenu 8 Share
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When I first began using Windows 8, it simply seemed awesome. The Modern UI apps, ribbon-based File Explorer, the snappier user experience, and a brand new Start Screen, all looked great, until I found that groovy Start Screen replaced the more endearing Start Menu, which I’ve grown used to. With such a high demand of Start Menu for Windows 8, every once in a while, we come across a Start Menu clone for Windows 8. Start8 from Stardock is, hands down, the best Start Menu we found for Windows 8. It comes with a customizable Start Orb and perfectly fits with the new Window 8 Modern UI. Start8 was free when it was first launched, but unfortunately, it’s now available as shareware and costs $4.99. If you’re looking for a free Start Menu for Windows 8, giveiOrbit StartMenu8 a shot. It adds a Windows 7-like start menu to Windows 8. As of now (and seems always will be), the application is available for free and works without any issues.

StartMenu8 adds the start menu exactly where it should and looks identical to that of Windows 7. The pinned and recent programs appear at the left side, and you may right-click the application to Pin it to the Taskbar or Start Menu, Run as Administrator, and access Properties panel. The Shut Down and the power options (Sleep, Restart, Lock, Log off, Switch user) are also available at the bottom right. Clicking All Programs slides in the user and system applications menu such as Administrative Tools, Startup, Windows Accessories etc.

You may activate StartMenu8 by clicking the Start Orb or hitting the Win key on your keyboard. By default, pressing the Win key in Windows 8 opens the Start Screen, as this application replaces this functionality, therefore Start Screen can be accessed for holding the Win key for about 2 seconds.


It also supports Start Search, and you may search for files and programs available on your PC. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow you to access Windows Store apps. However, you can open Windows Store to install and update Windows Store applications.


The Start tile (a tile that appears at the bottom left corner of the screen) is accessible, but it hides the Start Orb, which in turn makes it difficult to access the Start Menu.


Overall, StartMenu8 is a nice application that perfectly does the job of adding the Start Menu as well as Start Orb to Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 64-bit.

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