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8 Start Menu Replacements For Windows 8

While Microsoft's Windows 8 Metro layout is stylish, it lacks the ease in navigation and functionality of the classic Start menu. To help with that, here are 8 Start menu replacements for Windows 8.

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This Start menu replacement isn't an exact replica of Microsoft's Start menu. Instead, it looks more similar to a smartphone's home screen filled with apps. Developed by PC app developers Sweet Labs, Pokki is a sleek Start menu replacement app that has access to all the files, folders and applications.

Once downloaded, an acorn-shaped Start menu button reveals the Start menu and a search bar located on the right bottom side of the menu. Applications, documents, downloads and picture folders can also be added or removed from the Start menu. Like the settings menu, the Start menu is customizable as well. Pokki can be set to either a light or dark theme; there are options to boot directly to desktop and disable hot corners. What makes Pokki different is that it has a variety of free popular apps such as Facebook, Gmail and Instagrille presented at the bottom of the Start menu. These apps can be downloaded and pinned to the menu. No need to open up Facebook on a Web browser; Pokki is equipped to display notifications, right on the menu.

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