Windows 8.1 Start Button & Menu
One of the major problems that many Windows users had with the release of Windows 8 is the fact that Microsoft has removed one of the most popular features, and that is the start menu. Thanks to the Start8 application however, you can bring the much needed feature back to your Windows 8 installation just by downloading and installing the app, a convenient and very easy to use way.
Right after you get the app and install it, you will be able to spot a few differences in the way Windows 8 works. The app allows you to disable the Windows 8 hot corners, and instead you will be able to access all those features from the newly created Windows 7-like start menu that you can see in the bottom left side of the screen.
We like the fact that this particular start menu is enhanced, as it allows you to pin your Modern applications to it without any hassle, and thanks to it you can boot directly to the Win 8 desktop without any issue.
The Start button doesn’t really look like the one Microsoft usually uses, but this is definitely designed to avoid any copyright issues. No matter its looks though, the Start8 menu is fully functional, and you can access just about any features you want right after installing it.
You can search for any type of apps installed on your computer and you can also get immediate access to features such as devices, music, documents, videos and shutting down your computer.
Thanks to Start8 you can even receive jump list support, and pinning normal as well as Metro apps is no longer an issue. Thanks to the quick configuration menu, Start8 allows you to choose any theme you want, and you can even disable or enable style related options. You can even customize it if you want.
The start menu brings complete animation support and you are free to make any changes that you might desire, something that we enjoy a lot. Using Start8 is like customizing your own Windows experience, something that Microsoft should have done in the first place with Windows 8. Still, Start8 complements the system nicely, and it’s definitely looking like it belongs there.
There are a few downsides with the Start8 application, and the main problem is the slow response time that the app has sometimes, which does show sometimes that this is not a native addition.
Alongside that, Start8 is a paid application, so after the trial period is over you need to purchase it, otherwise it will not work. Still, if you are a fan of using Windows in the way you did before Windows 8, Start8 is definitely a worthwhile purchase, one that we suggest you make, as this neat application is very useful and it saves you quite a lot of time in many situations!
Start8 can be preinstalled on your custom built PC when you choose our Windows 8 turning service which is a selectable upgrade when you customise a PC.