In Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8, the start menu has completely changed. In fact, there is no start menu that used to be in Windows XP or Windows 7. The start menu is now a start screen which has live tiles. You will definitely miss start menu if you don’t have touch screen. But the good news is, you can bring back the good old start menu in Windows 8. There are many start menu applications already available. Today I will show you the best start menu for Microsoft Windows 8.
Best Start Menu for Microsoft Windows 8
The best start menu for Microsoft Windows 8 is Start8 from Stardock. You can download the trial version to test it or you can buy a full version for just $4.99. Start8 is the best start menu available for Windows 8. It gives similar user experience as Windows 7 start menu. In addition, Start8 has Windows 8 style start menu as well. The design of this start menu is sleek and simply blends with Windows 8 appearance.
After downloading and installing the application, you can choose either Windows 7 or Windows 8 like start menu from the configuration window. The picture below shows the configuration options available in Start8.
The Windows 7 style start menu looks like this,
Windows 7 style start menu
You can configure the application to choose icons and applications to be displayed on the start menu. You can tweak these setting by clicking the configure tab in configuration window.
You can choose different applications to show up in the start menu. You can tweak the settings to display your favorite application as a link or as a menu in the start menu. You can see some more controls if you click the control option in the configuration window.
As you can see in the above picture, you have several options to play with. You can configure to show Start8 start menu when you are on the desktop. You can disable taskbar translucency and so on.
You will definitely love this application once you download it, install it and play with it.