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5 Free Start Buttons for Windows 8 Users

Microsoft has been criticize by its customers for disabling one of the Windows Feature – Start Button.  This article might be the solution to those people who are used to Windows Start Button. For your ease, I researched for Windows 8 Start Buttons, got 5 of them, and all are FREE to install.


This list is sorted according to my preference, the choice is yours 🙂

  1. Start Menu 8
    Start Menu 8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8. This smart tool brings back both the start button and Windows Start Menu, and offers the option to skip Metro start page, allowing users who only work on desktop to boot to Windows 8 desktop directly. It’s the best start menu replacement for Windows8.
    Download it Here. 

  2. StartW8
    StartW8 put the “Start” menu back in Windows 8. StartW8 accurately recreated the most used desktop feature billions of users depend on every day and packed it with additional functionality.
    Download it here. 

  3. Power8
    Power8 is a replacement Start menu tool that has a neat a compact look. While it has been primarily designed for disillusioned Windows 8 users, there is no reason that it cannot be used in other versions of the operating system as it has a number of interesting features.
    Power8 is a little different from other Start menu replacements in that it does not try to completely replace the existing Start menu, nor does it skin it. This is essentially a standalone program which is not reliant on any system files and this brings the added advantage that changes to Windows will never mean that the program is rendered unusable.
    Download it here. 

  4. Classic Shell
    is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features are: Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins, Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8, Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer ,Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
    Official Website – Download
  5. Pokki
    Find and open your programs, files, control panel, and power options with one click of the Pokki start button.
    Search and access your apps, files, control panel, and power options with Pokki’s Windows 8 Start Menu. Pin and organize your favorite apps and websites just like you would on your smartphone.
    Download it here. 


Hope it helps!

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