StartW8 Alternatives

    StartW8 is described as 'FREE but powerful tool for Windows 8 users. Do you prefer desktop to modernUI? Would you like to logon directly to desktop? And than use "Start" menu for runnig your apps? Then it's right for you' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to StartW8 for Windows, Android and Mac. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like StartW8 are Classic Shell (Free, Open Source), 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (Free), FastKeys (Freemium) and StartIsBack (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 28, 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. Adapt the taskbar to your workflow, not the other way around. Designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. (Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
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    4. All in one Windows automation software. Fully configurable text expander, start menu, shortcuts, auto complete and mouse gestures. User-defined commands to run files, open webpages, send macros or automate anything. Incredibly powerful but yet simple to use.
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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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.

      • Windows
      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...
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      • Windows
      Start10 adds the familiar Windows 7 start menu experience to Windows 10 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      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.
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