As we might never see start menu again – Microsoft no longer implements start menu in latest windows 8 system – some were forced to get used to the new tablet-oriented Metro UI (which is very hard for some to use, many users didn’t even know how to shut down their desktop computer properly with windows 8 newly designed UI), some others are wondering if there is a way to bring start menu back.
We’ve found some cool stuffs that can be used as replacements of traditional windows start menu.
Here is the one that we currently install to every pre-built computer to make it more like a traditional (XP, VISTA, 7) windows system – Classic Shell
Classic Shell is an open-source freeware which means it can be downloaded and used free. Looks familiar now? It comes with skins that you can use to get the familiar windows 7/vista/xp or windows 2k/98 start menu ported to your windows 8 system. Very good program that makes everything combined flawlessly as a start menu replacement. Installation and configuration are simple. You’re definitely going to love it if you are a start menu lover.
We’ve also found some other replacements of windows start menus, all of them are awesome. However some of them are paid software. If you are interested, just click on the following links and have a look, see if there are any you could use:
Stardock’s Start8 – Windows 8 style Start Menu – 30-day free trail
IOBit StartMenu8 – Looks exactly like Windows 7’s Start Menu
Pokki – a bit different than the traditional MS start menu design but you can categorise your apps and settings