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8StartButton 2.6.6

Restore the Start button in Windows 8

by Bob Thornton

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Operating Systems: Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 August 2014
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8StartButton
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There is much talk about the new look of Windows 8, but one thing that crops up time and time again is the absence of the traditional Start menu and Start button. As you have probably guessed from the name, 8StartButton is a tool that can be used to restore the Start button in a form that you will recognize so you can benefit from all of the new features and options that are to be found in Windows 8 while retaining the Start menu you have become used to over the years.

There are various tools that claim to add a Start menu back into Windows 8, but 8StartButtondoes it in the most instantly recognizable way – the Start button just works as you would expect and want it to. It almost goes without saying that the tool is not limited to just bringing back the Start menu, it also provides you with a great deal of control over appearance and function.

You can choose from one of many ready-made Start button images or opt to use one of your own and there are countless ways in which you can customize the way the menu itself works. While 8StartButton is certainly recognizable as a Start menu, it is not precisely the same as the menu found in previous versions of Windows – there is more than a nod to the new ‘modern’ look of Microsoft’s operating system.

Tiles can be included in the Start menu to provide easy access to your most frequently used tools, and the right click menu can be customized to allow give you access to additional options. IT does not matter which orientation you have chosen for your taskbar as 8StartButton can be integrated into all positions and the low system resource usage means that you can take advantage of the tool without having to compromise on performance.

The free version is really just a taster of what you can expect in the full version, and for just $14 this is a cheap way to make Windows 8 work the way you want it to.

What's new in v2.6.6?

- Service release including various minor fixes and a few improvements
- Updated UI components including fixes and improvements

Verdict:

A brilliantly effective way to restore the Start button to Windows 8.

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