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Open Source Start8 Alternatives

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

Start8 alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be System Tweakers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Start8.
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Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:

  • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
  • Pin desktop and...
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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.


    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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  3. Power8 icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    23 alternatives to Power8 

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

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  4. 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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