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    Start Button 8 Alternatives

    Start Button 8 is described as 'How to add a Start button to Windows 8?'. There are more than 25 alternatives to Start Button 8 for Windows and Android. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Start Button 8 are Classic Shell (Free, Open Source), 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (Free), StartIsBack (Paid) and Pokki (Free).

    This page was last updated Jun 28, 2021
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    How to add a Start button to Windows 8?
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    1. Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev.
    2. 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.



    3. Customize the Windows taskbar with dozens of exclusive options.
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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.
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      Pokki puts web-connected apps in your taskbar, so they're always only one click away. Welcome to the modern desktop.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Social pages are not updated since 2014. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website.



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