One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is the lack of a start menu button that so many are used to. Stardock solved that problem with Start8 with not only replacing the Windows start button, but adding many other features such as giving you the ability to boot directly to the desktop – skipping Metro completely.
Other features include:
- Adds a Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
- Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
- Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
- Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
- Jump list support
- Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu
- Optionally disable Windows 8 “hot spots”
- Configurable Start menu size
- Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
- Skinnable Start button
- Group policy support
Start8 is available for $4.99 and a free trial is also available.