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Stardock Start8 1.56

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Stardock Start8 1.56

Stardock Start8 lets you return the Start Button to Windows 8. This operating system of Microsoft is shipped without the "Start" menu. Start8 brings back Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements. Also you can view and launch installed applications (including Modern apps), All Programs menu.

Start8 includes support for "jump lists"/recent documents for recently accessed programs (Devices, Documents, Music, Videos, Photos, Computer, and more). Pin favorite desktop and Metro apps shortcuts directly to the start menu for easy access.

Stardock Start8 adds searchable Windows 8-style (Modern UI) Start menu options for Windows desktop applications, Modern applications, and documents. It allows automatically load directly to your Windows desktop on login (vs the start screen).

In addition, you can also easily shutdown your PC without needing to access another menus.

Stardock Start8 Features:

  • Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
  • Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
  • Jump list support
  • Unified Search for Apps, Settings and Files
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Automatically matches the color of the taskbar
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start Menu
  • Optionally disable the Windows 8 desktop "hot spots"
  • Adds option for WinKey to show fullscreen metro desktop
  • Group Policy support


  • Configurable Start menu size
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu
  • Clean, streamlined UI enhances Start8's usability


  • Optionally disable the desktop Windows 8 "hot spots"
  • Supports WindowFX 5.1 start menu animations (currently in beta)
  • Choose a custom Start button skin and color

System Requirements: Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012.

Changes in Stardock Start8 1.56:

  • Minor updates and fixes

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Size: 10.4 MB


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7 Comments on Stardock Start8 1.56

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    Windows 8.1 will have a Start button, although NOT fully functional, ie no access to your programs!

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    Microsoft has released update to Windows 8. named Windows 8.1 Blue. Currently it is only on preview stage. It eliminates the use of these applications, by incorporating the start menu back.

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    god jop

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    StartisBack is better.

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    Great program to have..If you have Windows 8. Why Microsoft made software to work for mostly tablets only, don't get it, cause that's all Windows 8 is, Windows 7 with a tablet format with a few enhancements. Will never get why they make it so difficult for people. Should have had a made a theme or something to make it just like Windows 7 and all the previous versions windows.

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    +1 for StartisBack

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