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Start Menu X Alternatives

Start Menu X is described as 'replacement of the system menu for professionals' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Start Menu X for Windows and Android. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Start Menu X are Classic Shell, StartIsBack, Power8 and Start8.

This page was last updated Sep 27, 2021
  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Windows

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

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  1. Open Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.


    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: 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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    It was one of the first, and it still works after being discontinued for over 2 years.... Microsoft just pushed too many real developers out with their 'telemetry'...

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  3. StartIsBack

    • Windows

    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.

  4. Power8

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

  5. Start8

    • Windows

    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:.

  6. Start11

    • Windows

    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.

  7. Start Menu Reviver

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

  8. Handy Start Menu

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu?


    The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.98, released in June 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  9. Labrys Start menu

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Labrys is a replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog.

  10. IObit Start Menu 8

    • Windows

    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.


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

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