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StartIsBack++ 2.9.20 / StartIsBack 3.7.3

StartIsBack++ 2.9.20 / StartIsBack 3.7.3
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StartIsBack is a small application which returns Windows 10, 11 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. It radically improves desktop usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free.

The app is fully native lightweight zero-privileges program, cheap and fair, fast, stable and secure. StartIsBack goes directly to desktop every time without flashing start screen even for a millisecond.

Also it makes the start screen clutter-free, totally native, and with rich customization and configuration. If you can’t get used to the new Metro Start Screen, just use StartIsBack and bring the Start Menu back.

Boot to desktop. Your session would start with the desktop. Always!

Unlike other solutions, StartIsBack goes directly to desktop every time without flashing Start Screen even for a millisecond.

Restore original fully-featured Windows 7 start menu – with new styles

StartIsBack restores original Windows 7 start menu with all its features. Search, jump lists, drag and drop, pinned and recently used apps, fully customizable settings. Start button and Start menu look and behave exactly as they used to in Windows 7.

Achieve the balance between Desktop and Modern UI

Overly active screen corners. Start screen jumping in your face. Hotkeys not behaving the way they’re expected to. StartIsBack allows you to fix many of those issues without breaking any usage scenarios, increasing your productivity with both Desktop and Modern interfaces.

Separate Desktop and Modern UI and make Start Screen clutter-free

It is the only tool which is able to provide consistency in Windows 10, 11 by separating desktop and modern programs. If you turn Start screen into Apps screen, you won’t have the pain to manage two Start places.

Totally native – fully localized

The app does not run any additional services or programs. It integrates into your computer smoothly. It does not require any other tools or frameworks to install. And you can install it without administrative privileges. Start menu is fully localized into your language with same metrics and names Windows 7 had.

Rich customization and configuration

You will able to configure all aspects of appearance and behavior of Start menu. This is done in most reliable way, within attractive and easy configuration UI. You can even configure Start menu to work like Windows XP one!

StartIsBack++ for Windows can:

  • Apply skins to taskbar!
  • Fine-tune taskbar color
  • Add taskbar translucency with blur
  • Show live badges for modern apps
  • Restore larger taskbar icons
  • Reduce OS resource usage

It looks totally awesome with new style, round user avatar and modern glyph icons. Also it opens 100% of a time and always finds what you want to find!

Changes in StartIsBack++ 3.7.3 (2023-12-27)

  • Fix empty tray icons on DPI change

Changes in StartIsBack++ 3.7.2 (2023-12-14)

  • Tray corner icon fixes

Changes in StartIsBack++ 3.7.1 (2023-12-07)

  • Microphone icon can adjust volume (with scroll wheel) and mute (with middle mouse button click)
  • winget install startallback –scope machine supported for all users install

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.20 (2024-02-15)

  • Fixes for new Windows 10 updates

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.19 (2023-03-08)

  • Fixed unexpected Hold Escape to disable StartIsBack message

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.18 (2023-02-17)

  • Minor fixes

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.16 (2021-09-17)

  • Fixed update toast not displaying

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.15 for Windows 10 (June 27, 2021-06-27)

  • Improved support for old and future Windows 10 versions

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.14 for Windows 10 (June 12, 2021)

  • Fix for rare crash when using Windows 7 style

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.13 for Windows 10 (May 21, 2021)

  • Support for newest Windows 10 updates.
  • Upcoming Windows Updates may cause older StartIsBack versions to crash.

Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.12 for Windows 10 (May 3, 2021)

  • Improved stability and compatiblity with other customization apps

Homepage – https://www.startisback.com

Fully translated: English, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, French. Danish, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, German, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovak, Finnish. Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Serbian, Slovenian, Bangla, Hungarian, Swedish. Simplified Chinese, Indonesian

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