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Spencer is described as 'Bring back the Classic Windows XP Start Menu to Windows 8 & 10. With one click you have access to all of your Start Menu entries. Plus direct access to the Control Panel, Administrator command line and Run dialog' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Spencer for Windows and Microsoft Office Suite. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Spencer are Classic Shell, StartIsBack, Start11 and Start Menu X.

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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

Bring back the Classic Windows XP Start Menu to Windows 8 & 10. With one click you have access to all of your Start...

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  1. Open Shell icon

    Open Shell

    32 alternatives to Open Shell 

    Open Shell is a fork of the Classic Shell project for Windows that getting back the classic start menu to modern versions of Microsoft Windows.

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    1.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Open Shell.
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    Classic Shell

    32 alternatives to Classic Shell 

    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.

    Discontinued

    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

    • Windows
    30 alternatives to StartIsBack 

    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.

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    1.  PortableStartIsBack can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Original fully-featured Windows 7 start menu
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    Start11

    28 alternatives to Start11 

    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 X

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    26 alternatives to Start Menu X 

    Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals.

    Virtual Groups Group programs by purpose (office applications, graphics, etc) without changing their location on the hard drive.

    One-click start

    The PRO version allows you to assign a primary program to any f.

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    Start8

    28 alternatives to Start8 

    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:

    • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
    • Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu
    • Jump List support
    • Unified Search for apps, settings and files
    • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
    • One click access to.
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    Power8

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    23 alternatives to Power8 

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

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  8. GiMeSpace QuickMenu icon

    GiMeSpace QuickMenu

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    25 alternatives to GiMeSpace QuickMenu 

    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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    Start Menu Reviver

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    29 alternatives to Start Menu Reviver 

    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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  10. RetroBar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    16 alternatives to RetroBar 

    Pining for simpler times? RetroBar teleports you back in time by replacing your modern Windows taskbar with the classic Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, or XP style.

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