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Start Menu 8 v3.1.0.3

Restore the Start menu to Windows 8/8.1

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 28 July 2016
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Developer: IObit
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IObit Start Menu 8 v3.1
Bring the Start Menu back to Windows 8

Start Menu 8 v2 is the latest revision of IObit's Start Menu replacement.

As usual with this kind of tool, it can boot you straight to the desktop and disable Windows 8's "hot corners". (Of course, if you're using Windows 8.1 then you can do this already.)

The program also adds a Windows 8 logo in the bottom left-hand corner of the taskbar. Click this (or press the Windows key) 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.

Version 2 extends the package with more comprehensive searching. Display the menu, start typing, and Start Menu 8 searches your entire drive for matches.

The program can now display recently opened items for individual applications, allowing you to open a document direct from the Start menu.

By default any application opened from Start Menu 8 will no longer display the UAC prompt. We're not sure this is a good idea, but you can turn it off in just a few clicks.

Extended Explorer integration means you can pin any application to the menu by right-clicking it and selecting "Pin to Start Menu 8".

Along with the usual power menu options (shut down, restart, hibernate), Windows 8/ 8.1 users get a "Restart (Safe Mode)" entry.

The package also now runs on any version of Windows from XP up.

In theory, this is all very configurable. You're able to choose your preferred Start button, menu style (standard or Start Screen-like "Modern"), the menus to be displayed, power actions, hotkeys and more.

What's new in v3.1?

+ Fixed the crash problem of Start menu in some Windows 10 computers
+ Fixed the issue of failing to open Microsoft Office 2016 from Start menu
+ Optimized the search function of Start menu
+ Optimized multi languages
+ Fixed all known bugs

Verdict:

A capable, configurable and free Start menu replacement.

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What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

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