RSS Feeds

Receive a regular RSS feed from our latest, most popular and recommended downloads

Latest downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most latest downloads

Most popular downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most popular downloads

Recommended downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our recommended downloads

Newsletter

Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

Start Screen Unlimited Lite 2.0

Add much-needed functionality to the Windows 8 Start Screen

by Nick Peers

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 0 ratings
License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 8
Requirements:
Languages: English
Software Cost: $19.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 08 July 2014
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 514
Developer: Greatis Software
RSS News Feed:
Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/Greatis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StartScreenUnlimited
Back in stock! Buy Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium v2 with a 1-PC LIFETIME license, only $27.95, from store.downloadcrew.com
Start Screen Unlimited 2.0
Add missing features back to the Windows 8 Start screen.

Microsoft has had a hard job convincing people of the merits of the Windows Modern UI, so any help it can get to make the Start screen in particular more useful has got to be a good thing, surely? That’s the reasoning behind Start Screen Unlimited, which adds a customisable taskbar to the top of your Start screen packed with useful features.

These include handy shortcut buttons to the power, key folders and settings, a status panel, direct Search box and clock. After installation, leave both boxes ticked and click Finish to access the configuration screen, where you can choose exactly what options are available, letting you streamline the taskbar to include only those tools you need.

The default options are a good place to start – the taskbar will appear on the Start screen and within any modern app for easy access, so click Go! and you’re off and running. Better still, once you’re at the Start screen you’ll see you can drag and drop the different elements – clock, search and shortcut buttons, and drive info – around the Start screen to the perfect spot.

The search box defaults to Google, but you can choose from nine different engines from Twitter and Wikipedia to Ebay and Bing by clicking its dropdown menu. If the icons are taking up too much screen real-estate, return to the configuration screen via the main menu (click the ‘i’ button) and choose Compact Mode. Untick “Glossy style” for less flashy icons that blend in better with the Start screen’s flat look.

The free Lite version is limited to personal use only, but has pretty much all the functionality you could need or want. A Deluxe version removes this restriction, adds 3D menus and promises early access to future features.

Verdict:

Start Screen Unlimited fills a hole that leaves you wondering why Microsoft didn’t think to add these features in the first place.

Your Comments & Opinion
 
Related Download Articles
 
Immersive Explorer 1.3

Immersive Explorer 1.3

Freeware

A Metro-style file explorer for Windows

Skip Metro Suite 3.0

Skip Metro Suite 3.0

Freeware

Bypass the Start screen when you log on to Windows 8

StartOnDesktop 1.0

StartOnDesktop 1.0

Freeware

Make Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop

Metro7 1.0 (beta)

Metro7 1.0 (beta)

Freeware

Get the Windows 8 Metro interface on your Windows 7 desktop

Other Download Articles From This Category
OSForensics

OSForensics 3.2.1002

Free, for personal-use only

Find out exactly how a computer is being used with this powerful forensics tool

Depeche View

Depeche View 1.6.4 Lite

Freeware

Easily view and search thousands of plain text files

BowPad

BowPad 2.1.1

Open Source

A good-looking Notepad replacement

Wise System Monitor

Wise System Monitor 1.35

Freeware

Track CPU usage, download speeds, RAM, more

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Our Price: $44.95
RRP: $89.95
Saving 50%
Buy Now
Offer Ends In:
 

Spotlight: Free Full Software

WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

[...]
Value:
Free
Rating: