8 Start Menu Replacements For Windows 8


This one's name says it all, because with a single click, StartIsBack. Developed by StartIsBack, this app features an identical Windows 7 Start menu and Start button. Although this app is available for $5, it is free to try for 30 days. After its quick download, a handy tutorial pops up about how to bring up the Start menu, by simply pressing the Windows key on the keyboard or clicking the Start button. Desktop navigation is improved with its ability to search, jump lists and drag and drop files, folders and apps. Clicking the button to configure gives the option to pick and choose which items can be added to the Start menu, such as control panel, default programs and documents. A single preferences pane offers more customizable options such as setting the amount of recent programs to add to the Start menu and launching the Start screen for only Metro apps. While other Start menu replacements bring you to the Metro Start screen first, StartIsBack has the preference to be taken directly to the desktop with the Start menu.

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