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The start button belongs to Windows 8!

  • Get back the Start Button as well as the start menu.
  • Software especially for Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Freeware- Version is available

Buy now for
only 5.99 $

Add the usual Start Button and start menu to your Windows 8 and get the proven functionality of the Windows 7 start menu also in Windows 8.

The Start Button belongs to Windows 8 and 8.1!

You do not find the start menu in Windows 8? Not surprisingly, because Microsoft has removed the start button, which was traditionally linked to the task bar. Instead, Microsoft introduced the new Metro start screen. The official explanation: Only few users were using the Start Button.

We think: The start button and the start menu belongs to Windows 8 and 8.1!

Do you think the same? Then get your habits back and bring some Windows 7 nostalgia to your brand-new Windows 8. With our Software “Win8Starter” you can use the start button and the start menu as you are used to: Directly on the task bar quickly available.

System requirements

  • Windows 8 and 8.1 (32- or 64 bit)
  • Not compatible with other operating systems
  • It is an online connection required to activate the software

Press reviews

PC Welt 09/2013:
Win8Starter brings back the notorious start menu to your Windows 8. After the installation you do not need to get annoyed with the new Metro start screen, you rather can use the well-known start button and start button.

Win8Starter is not just a recommendation for nostalgic people. Make your operating system more customer friendly.

PC go:
In Windows there is not start button on the task bar. For nostalgic users Win8Starter restores the usual state. Installed programs are listed and it offers access to the Control Panel.

Win8Starter - Features

  • The usual start button and the start menu are available on your Windows 8 desktop
  • Also compatible with Windows 8.1.
  • Like in old times: Extend your Win8Starter menu easily per drag and drop with your own program links.
  • List with the most often used programs and functions. It is possible to move rearrange all program entries.
  • Also included: Your usual user folder and direct links to system folder and system functions like “Documents”, “Pictures”, “Music”, “Computer”, “Control Panel” and “Devices and Printers”.
  • No complicated switch off of Windows 8 anymore. Select as usual directly in the start menu between “Shut down”, “Lock” and “Restart”.
  • It lists all installed programs as well as all applications, which are included in Windows 8
  • It makes all programs and data files, which the user needs, faster and more directly available.
  • All settings are conveniently adjustable with the Win8Starter- settings dialog, e.g. display and hide the start menu button. The dialog offers almost all settings options, which are known from the former Windows versions.
  • Full-text search with intelligent search suggestions, which mostly shows results in the installed programs and documents during the input.
  • Additionally, following useful Windows programs (compared to Windows 7- start menu) can be attached to the button list: Calculator, Editor, Paint, Task-Manager, Registry Editor, CMD (Command Line Window), Customization, System Information, System Configuration, Explorer and Remote Desktop Link.
  • Win8Starter works as an individual program instance, no system data files or registry entries will be created, removed or altered.
  • Consistent look: Win8Starter automatically adapts to the colour of your Window frames of Windows 8.
  • Limitations in the free version: No settings, no automatic adaption of the menu colour and no possibility of adding own shortcuts.

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File size:4.1 MB
Compatible with:Windows 8/8.1 (both 32- and 64-bit)
Languages:German, English, Italian, Danish, Spanish, Czech



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