Open Source Start8 Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Start8 is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Start8 and three of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Start8 are Classic Shell (Free, Open Source) and Power8 (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 21, 2021

    1. Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev. Flexible start menu that can mimic the menu behavior of Windows 2000, XP and Windows 7 and compatible with all recent versions of Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows.
    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.

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    3. The start menu replacer for Win8, styled and integrated inside taskbar. Designed for Windows8 (v.1.0.1 tested under RTM 9200), works under XP SP3 and Se7en SP1 as well.
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