Start Menu in Windows 8: Start8 Video Review

Mike

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In this review, Mike Fara at Windows8Forums.com shows you some of the features of Stardock's Start8. With this software, you will be able to bring back the "Start Menu" from Windows 7 and prior Windows versions, without any significant performance overhead.
 


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patcooke

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I gave it a try and found it does the job but I then found startw8 which has one of my favourite features - it's free ;)
 


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Pat,

Free does not = necessary, just you have a clear understanding. This things are a person yen but, Win8 does work beautifully, even, w/out them, too.

Cheers,
Drew
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patcooke

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Right :confused:
 


Mike

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Well, as you gentlemen know, I seem to have impeccable timing as of late. No sooner than I made this video, Stardock released version 1.1 of Start8, which requires a re-download and does not work with the auto-update feature.

New in this update:
• Added drag and drop support (including rearranging items in All Programs)
• Added support for renaming items in All Programs
• Added support for displaying pinned folder items via jumplists
• Added support for custom locations (like linking to Dropbox)
• Added option to open Winkey+X menu instead of classic or Modern start menus
• Added additional start button images
• Additional UI language support(ar, cs, de, fr, ja, pl, pt-br, tr, zh - see lang\en.lng)
• And more!

Existing users click to download v1.1 or click here for the full changelog.

As for pat's interest in free solutions, I am sure many of them are amicable and work just as well as Start8. And as for Drew saying you don't need a Start Menu add-on for Windows 8, I think many older users who are hitting the curve are just really annoyed by the fact it is not there. I know quite a few people who are consistently insisting "It is designed for tablets" and refuse to use it. I cannot sell them on it at all because of this widespread rumor and misinformation... I think leaving some form of Start Menu in for the desktop mode would have prevented this problem quite a bit.
 


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patcooke

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I think many older users who are hitting the curve are just really annoyed by the fact it is not there.
Absolutely - the root mentality of the average IT professional/enthusiast is, "Don't tell me it can't be done!"
 


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I'm older & don't want it :)
Not annoyed, @ all, had quit using it long before Windows 8 :)

Cheers,
Drew
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