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    Skip Metro Suite Alternatives

    Skip Metro Suite is described as 'for Windows 8 allows you to boot directly to Classic Desktop in Windows 8 RTM and Release Preview.Also it allows you completely disable all edge panels, not just hide them! All of them will be disabled, including square start button at bottom-left corner'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Skip Metro Suite for Windows and Android. The best alternative is Classic Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Skip Metro Suite are StartIsBack (Paid), Start Menu X (Freemium), Start8 (Paid) and Start11 (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 21, 2021
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    Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8 allows you to boot directly to Classic Desktop in Windows 8 RTM and Release Preview.Also it...
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    1. Classic Shell is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows, and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.

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      The developer announced that Classic Shell will be no longer developed because Windows 10 is updated too frequently and because Microsoft is making more difficult to customize Windows: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8147 Last version, 4.3.1, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website, together with the source code.

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      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.


    2. Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals.
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      Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:
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      Customize the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10 / Windows 11 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.


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      Start Menu Reviver offers an improved Start Menu for Windows 8/7 that blends the traditional Start Menu functions with the Windows 8 design concept and provides quick access to all your desktop and Modern GUI (Metro) applications.
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      Labrys is a replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog.
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      Start Menu 8 can help users who are not willing to change their behaviors and bring back the classic start menu. Users can enjoy a familiar start menu again with just one click while other styles are also available.

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      The installer may contain third-party softwares. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      This program restores native Windows 7 start menu and desktop by bringing Windows 7 explorer.exe.
    3. A simple and fast task launcher and switcher. Press a custom assigned mouse/keyboard key, the menu pops up at the place of the mouse cursor, move to the desired task, release the key, and that is all! Can not be quicker or easier!.
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