The Windows XP or Windows Vista Start Menus provide only limited options to customize their appearance and change the links and the way they are displayed. Open Menu+ is an Open Source skinnable Windows Start Menu replacement that provides better access to Start Menu entries.
One interesting aspect of the software is the option to run the new Start Menu next to the old one for some time to find out if it better suits the needs. The new Start Menu makes use of a search tab at the top and five tabs at the bottom that provides access to various files and services with enough options to customize most of the display and entries.
The Start Menu is separated by the tabs Favorites, Recent, Computer, Programs and Leave.
The program's options contain various possibilities to change the look and feel of the application. It is possible to change the skin, remove items from the Start Menu or to change the default locations of system paths.
Open Menu+ uses roughly 20 Megabytes of computer memory when running in the open. The application itself is very responsive and easy to use.
Update: The program website of the start menu alternative is not available anymore. You can download the latest version of the Open Menu+ program from a download portal such as Softpedia.
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