August 13, 2015

Start8 1.56

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Start8 is a desktop customization tool that brings back the traditional Windows 7-styled Start menu to Windows 8. Quickly access your applications, devices, music, videos and documents the way you always have. Start8 also includes support for “jump lists”/recent documents for recently accessed programs (Devices, Documents, Music, Videos, Photos, Computer, and more).

Features include a Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements; search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps; pin desktop and Metro apps; boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop; or make the Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu.

Note: for Windows 10 version download Start10.

Key Features:
  • Windows 7-style Start menu
  • Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Unified Search for Apps, Settings, and Files
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start Menu
  • Adds option for WinKey
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Jump list support

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Last Update: August 13, 2015

Current Version: 1.56

License: Shareware

Languages: English

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 8 / 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)

Developer: Stardock Corporation


  • Minor updates and fixes