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Start Menu 8 v1.6.0.206

Bring the Start Menu back to Windows 8

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 September 2014
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Developer: IObit
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IObit Start Menu 8 1.6
Bring the Start Menu back to Windows 8

IObit Start Menu 8 is a versatile free tool which will tweak the Windows 8 interface to make it more like Windows 7.

After installation your system will by default boot straight to the desktop, for instance - you won't even get a hint of the Start Screen.

On arrival you'll notice a start orb in the bottom left-hand corner of the taskbar. Click this and a very close copy of the Start Menu appears, with links to your programs, system applets such as Control Panel, and the old power-down dialog.

And StartMenu8 also disables the Windows 8 "hot corners", perhaps useful if you find yourself occasionally activating them accidentally.

If you don't like any of this, though, just right-click the start orb, choose "Settings", and you'll find a wide range of options to help you configure the program more to your liking.

In a click or two you could restore the hot corners, for instance, or have your system boot to the Metro Start Screen. You're able to change the start orb to a variety of options. You can customise the Start Menu to include a host of links and applets, and there are plenty of other useful tweaks hidden away.

IObit Start Menu 8 provides a lot of configurability, then, certainly for a free tool, and if you're missing the Start menu or otherwise annoyed by Windows 8 interface changes then the program may be able to help.

Note that we've updated this download due to a minor name change.

IObit Start Menu 8 v1.6 brings these changes:

+ Enhanced the stability of the program 
+ Added Catalan and Ukrainian languages 
+ Fixed general bugs

Verdict:

A capable, configurable and free Start menu replacement

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 is a compact, simple, but surprisingly feature-packed disc burning suite.

The program makes it easy to create simple data discs and audio CDs, for instance: just drag and drop your files onto the list area and you'll be burning the finished disc in a couple of clicks.

That's just the start, though. Burning Studio 2013 can also create data discs with customised, interactive multi-page menus, perfect if you'd like a more professional way to share and present the disc contents.

A built-in backup tool allows you to create backups which may be encrypted, compressed, and span several CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

And there are modules to create VCD or SVCD video projects; burn video DVDs or Blu-ray discs from prepared folders; create, browse or burn disc images (ISO, CUE/ BIN and Ashdisc formats are supported); copy discs, erase them, design and print disc covers, labels and booklets, and more.

The focus throughout is on ease of use, though, and so Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 remains very straightforward, whatever you're doing. Most disc projects are created via the same simple interface, and for the most part all you have to do is drag and drop the necessary files. But experts will find more advanced options are only a click away, and if you need to then you can set ISO and UDF version, enable Joliet, make a disc bootable and more.

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