Start8 Windows 8 start menu review

We have reviewed Start8 before and came to the conclusion that it is without doubt one of the best programs - if not the best - to bring back a start menu to the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft, for reasons unknown, decided to remove the start menu from its newest desktop operating system Windows 8. This came as a shock to many Windows users who upgraded to the new operating system or bought a computer running on it as they were used to work with the start menu in previous versions of Windows. In fact, the start menu has been around since Windows 95 as an integral part of the operating system.

Some say Microsoft removed the start menu to promote the use of the operating system's new start screen and Windows Store.

It does not take long usually before third parties step in and provide solutions for features that many users feel are missing in Windows. Start8 was one of the first start menu replacements announced for Windows 8 and it has come a long way ever since the first beta releases that ran on previews of Windows 8.

The main purpose of Start8 is to replicate the functionality of the start menu of previous Windows versions. Installation is straightforward and you should see a start button placed at the leftmost part of the taskbar on the Windows desktop in the end.

start8 start menu

A click on the button displays a familiar looking menu that is displayed the most recent programs on the left, and links to system folders like Games or Documents on the right. Here you also find the shutdown button and search that Microsoft moved to the Charms Bar of the operating system.

Once thing you will notice right away is that Start8 mixes Windows Store apps and desktop programs in the start menu. You can disable the display of Windows Store apps here if you prefer to only work with desktop programs in the start menu.

The start menu works exactly as you would expect it to work. A click on an application opens it on the screen, search displays results in the start menu area so that you can interact with results right away, and the right sidebar opens the system folders like the control panel when you click on an item here.

A right-click on the start menu and the selection of Configure Start8 opens the configuration where you can make lots of changes to the program.

The program makes available multiple styles that you can switch between. The default style of the start menu resembles the Windows 7 menu, and you can change that to Stardock's Windows 8 start menu interpretation instead, and a couple of other styles that modify how the start menu looks on the desktop.

The Windows 8 start menu offers an interesting option, as it displays the start screen in a smaller window on the desktop instead. Other visual options include changing the start button to a custom icon and enabling translucency.

stardock start8 config

Configuration does not end here though as you can browse the configure, control and desktop menus to modify the start menu's functionality further. It would go too far to list all options available, which is why I decided to list my favorite options instead:

  • Modify the special folder selection displayed on the right of the start menu including options to add custom folders
  • Change the functionality of the power button
  • Configure what a click on the start button and a tap on the Windows key do (by default, they open the start menu). This can be interesting as you can configure one option to display the start menu, and another to open the operating system's start screen instead.
  • Show a start button on secondary taskbars (on multi-monitor systems)
  • Disable the hot corners when you are working on the desktop (the hot corners open menus when you move the mouse to a corner. This can be very distracting at times, especially when you are working on a system connected to multiple monitors).
  • Automatically go to the desktop on sign in.

Prefer to see it in action? Take a look at the demo video below:


Start8 integrates itself perfectly on the Windows 8 desktop. If you would not know better, you'd be hard pressed to tell that it is a third party solution and not the operating system's default start menu.

The program enables you to get rid of several of the annoyances of the Windows 8 operating system. Besides adding a start menu back to the desktop, it can bypass the start screen to load the desktop straight away, and disable the hot corners if you do not really work with them or prefer to use the keyboard to open the menus anyway.


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  1. Costa said on December 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Not a big fan of windows 8 but with the start menu back it’s bare able.

  2. Jens said on December 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Even though I was quite sceptical about the new interface philosophy, Win8 got me convinced through its massive speed improvements and new feel. I actually enjo using it by now.

  3. Luke Thomas said on December 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    love the new operating system on my laptop, faster and smooter. Much better boot time, just miss the start bar :)

  4. Memudahkan said on December 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    After using Windows 8 for a few weeks on my PC, I started to enjoy it. Overall, I feel the improved performance of Windows 8 when compared to Windows 7. But I miss the start menu. and I think, start8 is the right choice :)

  5. Fredy said on December 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Is very fast on load and working it.

  6. EndUser said on December 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Windows 8, from experiencing the pre-release versions, seems to be an improvement and the obvious next step following windows 7. That is of course ignoring the touchscreen interface which makes windows 8 useless in an enterprise environment. I know the folks I support will not be going to windows 8 until a solid menu option is in place at a reasonable cost. We will not be replacing hundreds of monitors with touch screens nor will we be hampering the workflow by forcing people to use the “metro” interface.
    Our suppliers have warned us that new machines will start coming with windows 8 and we will have to cope. Coping will likely mean imaging with windows 7 or finding a solution like Start8.

  7. Thomas said on December 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I think I would need that.

  8. GK said on December 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I think Windows 8 is just one horrible failure of an OS. The desktop could have been unharmed and untouched. Microsoft could have improved with incremental improvements instead of taking away features here and there. Not only does Windows 8 need Start Menu replacements but that doesn’t fix its dumbing down across the entire system. And the ugly Metro design giving up Aero is just like adding insult to injury. The Apps are not useful for serious work either, the only use I can find for the Apps is casual fun apps or games. I fear I will be forced to use it at my work place or even my home PC some day. If not Windows 8, then a future Windows OS with the dumb Start screen once Windows 7 support ends will be forced so it will be nice to own a copy of Start8.

  9. Bionic said on December 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Felt little awkward at first but I’m now used to it, no big deal.
    Thank you Martin and Stardock.

  10. Larry Winckles said on December 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve been trying Start8 for the past two weeks (and I’d like to get a license!!), and am quite impressed. I have a lot of friends who are techno-phobes and I do not feel that I can recommend that they upgrade to Windows 8 or buy a new Windows 8 machine unless they also get Start8.

  11. Aisha said on December 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Windows 8 is an interesting and daring step towards the future of the PC. I say daring because they omitted the Start Menu. Really need to win a license here to improve my productivity on Windows 8.

  12. Mohit Singhal said on December 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    So far, I am really liking Windows 8. I have been using it for about 2 weeks and I haven’t had any problems withit yet. It is faster, a nice modern interface, and very easy to use, after a10-15 minute learning curve while first using it, the rest comes very naturally. Plus it has a built in security software . Overall I am really liking this new metro user interface….!!!!!!!!!

  13. Colin Robertson said on December 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Been using windows 8 for a month now. Was previously using windows 7 and there is very little difference in the desktop version functionality, apart from the lack of start menu in win8. I think it’s only really worth upgrading to win8 if you use Vista or earlier.

    I do miss the start menu so start8 would be useful.

  14. Tim said on December 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Seems this is a usefull software, at least for those who do not like the new tiles in win8. I’d enjoy having one of these on my win8 system.

  15. Grr said on December 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I plan to buy myself a Win8 copy, so it would be a must to have a Start button and inturn Start8.
    Please count me in.


  16. Jeremy said on December 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I had had been using Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview… It works well for me with the final version and has given me a good reason to buy since I was able to get it for 14.99!!! With a start Menu installed, it acts just like Windows 7 which is great, and also gives the ability to install free ‘Metro’ (or whatever you call them now) apps.
    I also had been using Start8 and it came a long way! Unfortunately after installing upgrades to it, the trial ran out out and I went to using Classic Start Menu which works great as well. But I would like to have a license of Start8 to use that again too!

  17. Marius said on December 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Windows 8 is great. I have to admit that I used it less than Windows 7 when it came out. I didn’t really have the time to make the switch completely as I have a lot of installed programs configured just as I like them in Windows 7. I’m also currently building a new system. I still have some parts to buy, but I’m going to install Windows 8 on it. I read about all the under the hood improvements of Windows 8 and the metro interface looks cool. I haven’t used it enough to get used to the start screen, but having a start menu at least in the beginning would definitely help the transition to Windows 8.

  18. Trevor said on December 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I was interested in upgrading, my system was getting problematic, so did the jump last night.
    The missing start menu? I miss it. A lot. Love the speed, worried about metro apps vs classic apps. In the short time I’ve played with it (to configure), I’ve got the hang of some aspects, but once this starts to roll out to corporate customers, it’s going to be constant problems. I can see a user liking it, eventually, but as an admin? I need all my tools, organized, accessible, with lesser used tools only a submenu away. I don’t want to be dragging or hunting to find a lesser known program, I want it there, now, when I need it.

    I can see either MS bowing down to the corporate clientelle and re-adding it, or buying stock in Stardock (this is going to earn them oodles of cash).

    PS: do many people still use ObjectDesktop? I remember that from my win 9x/XP days.

  19. John Ruiz said on December 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    With or without Start8, Windows 8 is a fantastic operating system once you get used to the keyboard shortcuts and metro interface. I think Microsoft made a mistake in not providing a full tutorial on how metro works. Every person I show WIndows 8 to, I have to teach him or her how to close a metro app.

  20. ewilio said on December 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The desktop part of Windows 8 is definitely improved, it’s faster and more responsive than before. The only downside is the fact that we have to go fullscreen to start a new application, which is too distracting and cumbersome.
    That said, I did try Start8 and it really is what the OS needs.

  21. Igor said on December 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve tested Windows 8 for 2 weeks and can say that is not so bad, the only problem is when you are on desktop, and open a file (like pdf or image file) you go to the metro app, and then need to bo back to desktop, the missing start menu is other, how will I open my installed programs and know what I’ve had installed. I like the games (the new versions of solitaire, mahjong are really great) but the other metro apps for me are really useless.

  22. Tudor Rusu said on December 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Great performance improvements and a new interface that promises. Still, there’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s fair to say that it is a plus compared to Windows 7.

  23. Boris R. said on December 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Although I got used to the new interface / switching every day workflow I would really like to implement Start8 to enhance and speed up my efficiency. Windows 8 has great new additions , especially the implemented security improvements. One interface on all devices (laptop, tablet, phone, desktop) will be normal in coming years IMO.

  24. Heiner said on December 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I think they have done a great job and we’ll see what happens in the future – with or without the Start Button.

  25. LarryC said on December 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I’m liking Windows 8, but I pretty much ignore metro and just use desktop.

  26. Yugandhar said on December 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Nice application, it will make return our old easy use start button on desktop.

  27. Player #5 said on December 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Under the hood, Win 8 seems like a step up from 7.
    Unfortunately, Windows 7’s flaw, the UI, is a step down in 8.
    Start 8 is a good direction, though. I’ll have to use something like it if I want to play Windows Store exclusives.

  28. Vihar said on December 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Windows 8 has wonderful features like snapping apps and the metro apps (most of them) are really useful. I was just getting used to the new Tile UI but on hearing about Start8 I want my start menu back. Windows 8 ftw \m/ :)

  29. Philip said on December 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Will be switching to 8 in a few days, really need this because I don’t have a touch screen device. This software is really what I need to get my start menu like I want it.

  30. Sean B said on December 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I tried Windows 8 and decided not to switch/update from 7. If/when I do switch, Start8 will be one of the programs I immediately install and start using.

  31. Ernestas said on December 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Windows 8 is great, but they should’ve allowed users to choose between Metro and Aero. Also, having Metro apps installed and user by default is annoying. Only after removing all Metro apps is when W8 becomes usable.

  32. Joe said on December 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I feel that Windows 8 indeed needs great stability improvement as compared to Windows 7 for it is rock-solid in its performance. Metro Apps are not of much use for PC Users. I hope Microsoft would rather bring up more noticeable and useful changes in its next build.

  33. Matias said on December 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I´m not yet using Win 8, but, since you have so many licenses, I´d like to win one for the future! Thanks!

  34. Sudip Kumar Das said on December 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I think I need this app first before even thinking of Windows 8. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Jonny said on December 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks please count me in for the giveway. It’s no doubt that start8 is the best software to get startbar back for windows 8.

  36. John said on December 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Windows 8 certainly has some internal improvements and even UI improvements over Windows 7, but forcing the tablet interface on everyone was a huge mistake. Hopefully this will be corrected in the future.

  37. ZB said on December 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I did an in-place upgrade from 7-64 to 8-64 and was surprised at how well it worked. It took some getting used to but I spend all my time in the traditional desktop space anyhow so the start screen isn’t as bothersome now as it first was. I still feel there is some Jeckle and Hyde going on with the OS but these things will get flushed out with time and customer feedback. I feel that Win8 is noticeably faster too — always a good thing!

    Would be great to have a copy of Start8 to get back to that traditional view of things.

    Keep up the great work and coverage Ghacks! w00t


    1. ZB said on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      btw — would be nice if you have a Stardock Fences 2.0 giveaway too ;-)
      Just sayin’


  38. Cip said on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Microsoft first tried to put a Desktop OSs on a phone and failed, now with Windows 8, they are trying to put a phone/tablet OSs (touch centric) on a desktop and probably they will fail.

    Windows 8 have some nice features(like Hyper-V virtual machine manager), but trying to “eat soup with a fork” (ui) will not help, even if the soup is good.

    Start8 is like a spoon.

  39. Robert Perkins said on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    On the whole I am actually liking Windows 8. I had an ailing windows xp machine at work and since it was on the last legs my boss asked if I wanted to try it. Any way we put in a bit more ram and the upgrade was superb. Got it all installed without losing anything and Outlook and other progs just carried on. Some programs I needed to create a delayed start task in the scheduler to run on startup as they need to be in compat mode for XP but fine.

    The metro interface is OK but not if you are using a mouse and desktop pc. I got rid of it quick and currently use I started with the Stardock Star 8 but since I could not convince my Boss for a licence I have had to use this. It does a similar but not as good job.

    Perhaps I may get Start 8 but only if I happen to be lucky enough to win a licence. For those that also want a very good equivalent I urge you to check ClassicShell

  40. ricorp said on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Windows 8 is really for the new generation of PC users (the young ones) and for touch-enabled PCs. It simplifies most of the common activities that a ‘regular’ Joe/Jane Doe do on a PC.

  41. Billy said on December 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I’m still finding win8 a bit difficult to navigate. It seems to me that it requires more clicks to get anything done. I’d like to get start8 to better my user experience. Thanks ghacks!

  42. dandy said on December 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    thanks for the giveaway, I think start8 need for me, because I ‘m still confuse with win 8.

  43. Arturo said on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I would like to try it. Using the Windows key and the Win + D shortcut feels weird at times.


  44. ibhecks said on December 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    me and my friend bought two licenses win 8, at first I hesitated because I was familiar with win 7, win 8 looks very pretty when I install this application, I get all the new features in win 8 without feeling lost win 7
    I would be very happy if I could use the full version of this app

  45. leo said on December 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Been using win 8 for few weeks, although I kinda missed the old start button, who knows if I win, I gotta restore them back with start8

  46. Nate said on December 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I am not sure why MS thought this change was a good idea.

  47. PK said on December 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’m using windows 8 since CP. I must say that it is in many ways (boot speed, refresh, storage spaces) a nice improvement on Windows 7.
    Negative sides include the default lack of Media Center, poor performance in 2D games and awkward interface, that I hope will be made non-obligatory in the future. Thankfully, since I started using Start8 beta and similar Start replacements, that problem is solved.

    Would love to get the full license.

  48. Ryan Cash said on December 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I know my friends and co-workers want to persecute me for this, but I rather like the new UI. I played with it at the local Worst Buy, and am seriously considering purchasing the Lenovo Yoga.

  49. Markaz said on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Maybe I’m too old, but I really miss the start menu.
    Wouldn’t mind the Christmas giveaway.

  50. George said on December 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    By the frist SP, microsoft will buy the company and integrate start8 into windows ..:)

  51. Steen said on December 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    It’s fast and I think I´ll get used to it. I´m still having some problems getting my hybrid graphics to work though . No new official driver seems to be available.

  52. Saito said on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I want to try this app although I don’t like Windows 8

  53. Spam said on December 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    To be fair, I have not yet used the OS. But what I read and here is the user interface in desktop (non touch) needs adaptability. Most of the users who use win 8 in desktop have some kind of software to get start menu back…

    So I think I needed one such software as I plan to upgrade to win 8

  54. Joe said on December 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Windows 8 is such a huge pain to configure. All I wanted was to replace Vista and now I’ve got this ridiculous learning curve just to do basic things.

  55. Jose said on December 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Win 8 is a perfect OS, the only missing feature is the start button

  56. Stig said on December 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been using Windows since before 95 and I’ve tried to get comfortable with the new “Metro” but it just don’t feel right. I’m a developer and a power user and with that in mind I feel i’m set inside a tiny box with to little air to breath. Even after a month I’ve ended up with trying new utills like Stardocks to get around the GUI. I bet it feels great on a tablet (and better than the GUI on the iPad that I have 4 of in the houshold) but on a 24″ screen I haven’t gotten comfortable with it.. Count me in for a license (or two? ;))

  57. who said on December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm


  58. Syamardhian said on December 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Windows 8 is something new for me, and I really miss the start menu. and I heard, Start8 is the best alternative :)

  59. Lyonly said on December 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I honestly love it Windows 8!
    The best part is it’s on my mobile, tablet, desktop. The ecosystem is still lacking but I am a diehard Windows/ Microsoft fan. There is no need to research or get a different apps to do the same task. It is the same on all devices. Example, having an Symbian (Anna) and Windows device and needing to use two different apps, without similar UI to complete on task like file syncing across platforms.
    But the be fair it is Windows 7 with few improvements and props, glossy UI, better touch UI and better app presentations. But advisement within the OS is just wrong!

  60. Nebulus said on December 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t like Windows 8 at all, mostly because of it’s “improved” interface and the lack of start menu. I’d like to see if I will change my mind if I’ll use Start8, co count me in :) Thanks!

  61. M4C said on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Lighter, faster in some ways, strange behaviors here and then, and a HUGE mistake in others. I REALLY want to know the real history behind this…
    Some day, perhaps.
    Nice giveaway.

  62. Steve said on December 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    T’would be nice to have the Start menu back…

  63. Psy said on December 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I was really excited with this new Windows.

    But… finally… the UI changements are a bit too much to compensate the great improvements under that.

    What i really miss from the old Windows Start Menu is the search box.
    Still hesitating between a solution like Start8 or something else, like FARR.

    I think that with a free licence, i’ll stop hesitate xD

    I understand the need for Microsoft to change our habits for the future of computer. Desktop computers are “dinosaurs”. But well.. i want my start menu, i want my transparency at least ! :)

  64. Jackal said on December 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Windows 8 is faster and better than all previous versions. The ribbon interface and metro gui is good. The only three annoyances I found was the slow metro start menu, the fullscreen hard to close metro apps and the hidden shutdown button.

    Removing the start menu and replacing it with touch freadly metro menu was a bad move since touch screen monitor are rare for desktop/laptop PCs.

  65. Dave said on December 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I have used WIN 8 for awhile now and like that it has a quicker response time than WIN 7. Like anything else that is out of the box, it will have growing pains.

  66. Mannar Mannan said on December 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I always love to customize my operating system. This software makes a great difference to Win8..i am ok with searching installing programs but i get a bit irritated when i had to switch to ‘settings’ and ‘files'(you know for a laptop with touchpad). .With Start8 my search results are available in one place with ease of access. I would like to own a license :)

  67. Don said on December 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Without something like Start8, there is no way I will upgrade(downgrade?) to Win8.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a license for a great piece of software!

  68. ha7ak3 said on December 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I won’t upgrade to windows 8 until I have my license of start8! ;)

  69. Rodrigo said on December 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    It’s a great system for mobiles. It’s very clear for me that Windows 8 has taken off the Start Menu to promote the Metro UI and, indirectly, the Windows Phone. Now, please, complete the evolution and release Windows 8.1 with the old and good Start Menu. And please integrate the two interfaces, we don’t need them separated.

  70. Bri said on December 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The new start menu isn’t too bad, just takes (a lot of) getting used to. Everything else about 8 is pretty snappy, though.

  71. ilev said on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Start8 has been updates yesterday to version

    What’s new in this version:

    Start Menu context menu for favourite items (e.g. Run as administrator).
    Start Menu context menu for All programs.
    Right Menu items context menu (e.g. Computer manage).
    14 StartW8 Start Menu translations included (English, Czech, ChineseSimplified, ChineseTraditional, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish).
    New Right Menu items – Download + Run command.
    Check for update button in StartW8 setting dialog

  72. Namgyal said on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Although i tried the Release Candidate and the RTM version, and honestly although i am not a techie and can’t give a real profound view of the OS on a kernel level, but i found the overall metro look could take time to sink in for the people and the absense of the Start Menu cripples any average joe, i remember when me and my friend after installing the Release Candidate sat like stupid monkeys in front of the monitor dumbishly.

    i didn’t find it quite user friendly and definitely its not the time to launch an another OS just for the heck of changes. Although i have another PC and am planning to install it full time . But Start8 Start Menu would make the using Win8 more funtional and easy.

    Although i was suprised when it recongined the hardware drivers of sound, graphics card and the parallel port. Without them , the CPU would not fully function to its optimum.

    By the way count me in. :)

  73. Pothonon said on December 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I have used Windows 8 for 2 weeks. it’s really smooth but still have a little problem like some applications can’t run in this operating system — however it much more charming than Win7

  74. Russell M said on December 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t understand why everyone is so hungup on a Start button. You press the Windows key, the Metro screen pops up and you just start typing the name of what you want (Word, Excel,…) and it populates a list basically just like Windows 7 did. Sure the screen is a little different but that is just cosmetics. I quickly got use to using the hot corners which I found to be a pain at first because they were always popping up unexpectedly but you quickly learn to just move away from them and wait for them to disappear and then click what you intended.

  75. Nikhil Tom said on December 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I’m planning to install windows 8 soon,
    I tried it on my friend’s PC and I kinda liked it,
    It’s the fastest windows till date even better than windows 7,
    My best liked windows 8 features are

    Hybrid Shutdown – Damn fast booting
    Mount ISO’s – No more need for Daemon tools
    Metro Apps – I liked this even when I used in laptop, I think it’ll great for tablets
    Ribbon interface for explorer – No more fiddling with extra keys of other settings, Every option is available at a friendly ribbon bar

    I liked the dual interface too (smart screen + desktop),
    The only thing I’m missing is the start menu
    It would be nice to get a licence of Start8,

  76. David said on December 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Please count me in! The unnecessary learning curve in Win 8 is a pain. This giveaway is just what the doctor ordered.

  77. torsk said on December 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    i need it

  78. Anthony said on December 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I like windows 8 myself. Most of it seems quite a bit faster. however, it may be games are slower on it as i get a noticeable slowdown in saint’s row the third

  79. jack said on December 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Start8 looks like an elegant solution to an awkward problem. Since downloading Windows 8, I have found it very difficult to use. From reading your review, it seems that Start8 is an excellent piece of software. I am glad it is so configurable. I have purchased software from Stardock before (Fences, Object Dock etc) and I have always found it top notch. I would love a chance to win a copy of Start8. Please include me. Many thanks & Merry Christmas to all.

  80. funix said on December 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I tested several start menu replacements and must say that start8 ist the most seemless integrated solution with some nice features. I would definetely like a license since my trial ran out weeks ago.

    All in all I have only good experiences with windows 8 although (or because?) I never really used “Metro”. Performance with SSD and the stability are good and the minor changes to multi monitor management and explorer/task manager are making my life a bit easier.

  81. Hsienjan said on December 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I tried Windows 8 about some weeks. I like new UI, but I really think MS shoud let users to choose what they want: Metro or Aero.

    Anyway, thanks for your giveaway, if l’m lucky enough to win one.

  82. Dev said on December 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Windows 8 is good but will be great after 1st or 2nd service pack release.

  83. Ryan said on December 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Windows 8 is a decent OS. If I had to use it I wouldn’t be upset at all. But I feel concerned that this is a sign of the future of the OS with no start screen, moving towards a more Apple-Like app based system. I worry that this is the first step towards removing access to the file-system and making a much more Apple-like locked-down system.

  84. Mohammad Wasiullah said on December 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    windows * is really good operating system and i installed it many new things and i am learning how use properly thanks for giveaway
    count me in

  85. Jay said on December 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Purchase my first Windows 8 machine to test in a workplace environment. After 20 minutes I came to the conclusion that I hate the interface. Where’s my stuff! Spent 20 years getting to know the windows interface and they do this?! I then started searching the Internet for a solution to the start menu problem and I came across this site. I’ve been using Stardock’s Dell dock for a number years and find it quite appealing. I look forward to trying Start 8.

  86. Rodalpho said on December 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I like win8, and actually don’t mind the start screen, although I despise the “charms” bar. But all things being equal, I’d prefer to get rid of it!

  87. Damien said on December 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    An excellent piece of software. Badly needed for my newly acquired Windows 8. Please count me in Martin.

  88. Ron said on December 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    So far, I see nothing compelling concerning moving from Win7 to Win8. I run a lot of software and I don’t think tiles make changing between programs either faster or easier. With tiles, finding what I need to load would seem an unnecessary layer with which to deal. Anyhow, I don’t see any immediate need for a tablet and I love my Android phone; interface integration has little value to me. But, if I did switch to Win8 I’d have to have a menu as a transition to that OS.

  89. Craig said on December 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Running Windows 8 on laptop and multiple VM’s.

  90. Neo #R said on December 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I want a copy of start8 because I won’t use windows 8 unless I have a menu. So I need it in order to give an opinion about w8.

  91. EuroScept1C said on December 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’m truly disappointed that Microsoft ignored a lot of traditional PC users. They removed vital functionality that I miss on Windows 8. I’m a user that I like to have everything up-to-date, but I’m a traditional PC user and Gamer.

    Literally I have tried all Start Menu programs there are out there… I immediately uninstalled all of them except Start8. I’m perfectionist and I found Start8 the ONLY choice. I’m amazed by its performance and especially the totally native theme! I’m on trial right now, but I can’t buy anyhting online due to some limitations and problems I have. Therefor, I’d truly appreciate a license! I’d do “everything”!

    Thanks a lot Ghacks anyway!

  92. rpsgc said on December 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Windows 8 certainly has potential, too bad Metro is forced upon you.

    Start8 at least hides the rotten part of Windows 8 (Metro) and leaves all the good stuff.

  93. Glenn said on December 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I upgraded to Windows 8 a media centre (XBMC) machine. Start8 really helps with the transition to the new UI and allows me to explore Windows 8 at my own speed.

  94. Bard said on December 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I like what Windows 8 improved upon Windows 7 with things like the new copy dialog, task manager, ISO mounting etc. I also like the design replacing aero.

    However, I don’t see any use for the Metro Store and its apps, at least not on desktops. While I don’t hate the new start screen, I do find a traditional start menu easier to handle, particularly to comfortably restart/shut down a PC which is really inacessible as it is.

  95. NikosMark said on December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    What got me to install Windows 8, believe it or not, is the desktop design. I like this new design, without the “glitchy” curved corners of Windows 7. I don’t care at all for the transparency of Aero. I appreciate the under-the-hood improvements, but still the fact they removed Start Menu, it was enough to make me go back to Windows 7. It didn’t help that I had installed a lot of my programs and games while I don’t even know why I installed all of them so fast, without checking whether I like Win8 or not. The nice Start8’s design could help a lot, I believe.

  96. Miguel said on December 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    We all have heart about Start8 on the past months here on GHacks, so there’s not really anything I could add about the program :)

    Start8 appears to be the best program to get back the Windows Start Menu and skip the Start Screen on the newest Windows 8. Of course, there are alternatives, like Classic Shell, but despite being free, they lack a number of features that Start8 appears to have covered since the beginning.

    As you say on your article, it’s not clear why Microsoft changed the interface so drastically in this version of Windows. Forcing users to use the Start Screen and the Windows Store is probably one, together with having a single interface across all kinds of devices (Microsoft Surface…), but even if the new interface is good for tablets or touch devices, is not that useful in classic keyboard and mouse computers. Thank godness programs like Start8 have been created to fill that gap.

    And as you see from this comment… I would really like to win one of the licenses :)

    Thank you Martin for this giveaway (50 licenses!!) and Merry Christmas everyone :)

  97. Miguel said on December 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    (My comment appeared as “awaiting moderation” and just dissapearead?, I’m posting it again…)

    We all have heart about Start8 on the past months here on GHacks, so there’s not really anything I could add about the program :)

    Start8 appears to be the best program to get back the Windows Start Menu and skip the Start Screen on the newest Windows 8. Of course, there are alternatives, like Classic Shell, but despite being free, they lack a number of features that Start8 appears to have covered since the beginning.

    As you say on your article, it’s not clear why Microsoft changed the interface so drastically in this version of Windows. Forcing users to use the Start Screen and the Windows Store is probably one, together with having a single interface across all kinds of devices (Microsoft Surface…), but even if the new interface is good for tablets or touch devices, is not that useful in classic keyboard and mouse computers. Thank godness programs like Start8 have been created to fill that gap.

    And as you see from this comment… I would really like to win one of the licenses :)

    Thank you Martin for this giveaway and Merry Christmas everyone :)

  98. Rick said on December 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I just installed Win8 to give it a try. It didn’t take but 10 minutes before I knew that startmenu was not an option but a requirement.

    I definitely could use this license!

  99. Olavi said on December 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I think win8 is very good OS although I hate when everything is hidden like restart. Its faster and I think it´s even safer than 7. I had problems before but I don´t think I move back to 7. Have been using trial of Start8 and it is awesome. :D Kiitos

  100. Ross said on December 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    The speed and price (until late January) make Windows 8 a no-brainer for me; as I was only running XP.

    It’s speed and compatibility with my old programs is just excellent.
    And features keep improving incrementally, e.g. renaming of files or groups of files; copying of files.

    I only use one ‘metro’ app, so I don’t have a good impression of those yet.

  101. bazil said on December 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    still love the metro interface:)

  102. Sergio said on December 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Windows 8 is great and easy to use. But for those who do not think easy to use, like our parents, can be a good option to use Start8.

  103. John said on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Yes please, bought Windows 8 yesterday, so this would be a great addition!

  104. al7awye said on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I love Windows 8. People need to get over the fact that it’s a little different. It actually has not changed that much. It took me about 3 hours to perfectly figure everything out.

  105. k19s said on December 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Windows 8 is only really useful for mobile or tablet machines, after trying it out on my laptop. For a novice users it seems to be quite difficult to use. Should like to re-enable the start button.


  106. albresc said on December 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Well, after enjoying my new Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone, I’m starting to enjoy my new Windows 8 on my not so new laptop (no touch…).
    Even after more than 25 years enjoying ‘old’ Windows I’m beginning to feel I really like the ‘new’ one…
    Almost the same environment across both devices, altough sometimes I go to the desktop (in the laptop, of course) to do things not available in the new UI (I’m an IT guy, not a casual user). Also using Start8, etc. for a little more ‘Windows 7 like’ experience.
    But for checking email, twitter and whatever there’s no faster way than with Windows 8.
    A good Windows 8 experience to everyone!

  107. Ghost said on December 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Windows 8 is still not used. but I think that Windows 7 successfully.

    Thanks For Giveaway.

  108. nasruddin said on December 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Windows 8 is better because when turning on and off faster and looks more beautiful and elegant.

  109. Jan Nowak said on December 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I can’t imagine how use Windows OS on PC without the start menu. Thanks for the contest!

  110. Stom said on December 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks for the nice writeup.

  111. Stom said on December 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I think MS is going to have a tough time getting people like me who are used to the desktop switched over to the Metro UI. I like multitasking and don’t need apps taking up the full screen (or 1/3 screen).

  112. Omar said on December 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I love it , there is a small learning curve in Windows 8. But a couple of hours practice makes it all good. I am having issues with the fan. For some reason whenever it goes into the screen saver the fan turns on a get loud.

  113. Jeffery Marizo said on December 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Yes, Love Windows 8 Pro I miss the start menu PLEASE count me in Thanks

  114. Lysdexic said on December 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Once I broke typical Start Menu habits, I don’t mind the tiles… I like it enough to want a tablet/laptop combo. As a desktop only, some of the perks make it worth it, but only barely.

  115. mohamed said on December 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I love Windows 8
    new attractive gui and faster than Windows 7

  116. Matt Thompson said on December 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I actually really like Windows 8. The first thing I noticed was how much faster everything seemed to happen, including launching programs via the windows key and then typing the name. I am extremely pleased with it out of the box but would give Start8 a try.

  117. Matt Thompson said on December 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I actually really like Windows 8. The first thing I noticed was how much faster everything seemed to happen, including launching programs via the windows key and then typing the name. I am extremely pleased with it.

  118. chris said on December 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

    i just bought a laptop with windows 8 and it takes some time to get used to. sometimes you forget you have programs running because they dont show up on the taskbar, also cahnging settings is a bit weird

  119. Llun said on December 14, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Windows 8? Just bought it because it was so cheap… i like the Metro Apps section but i miss the Start button too… Windows 8 still has some bugs but i think the OS will become a winner…

  120. Paymun said on December 14, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I really like the new operating system but Im not a fan of the metro UI for desktop users. It feels inefficient and I feel a lack of control.

  121. Dan said on December 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Not yet using win8, and based on many web articles, I do not view it as a worthy successor to win7. When I do use it, I will need a launcher such as Start8, because my monitors are not touch screens. It will be interesting to see 3-5 years from now how win8 is viewed. Did it work as some sort of bridge for MS in the device OS wars, or was it an OS businesses skipped?

  122. Raymond Graham said on December 14, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Merry Christmas & Thanks for the giveaways Martin, I’d love to have Start8

  123. Vishal said on December 14, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for Giveaway! Windows 8 is gud for tablets and other touch screen devices. Its faster than previous versions of Windows. And have inbuilt reader, flash player and other built in apps incl skydrive, maps, etc. And integration of the OS Activation with BIOS is so gud, that we can replace many hardware easily. But for desktops its difficult to use with Modern UI. Start8 makes it better for Desktops. But most people buy this mainly for Startmenu, eventhough it has many other features. But many people(who can’t afford) think ‘why to spend bucks just for getting Startmenu’. This Giveaway helps us getting it.

  124. thbb said on December 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Wouldn’t mind having it.

  125. pkghosh said on December 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

    At first, I was disappointed with Micro$oft releasing Windows 8 with all such ‘tricks’ which we simpletons are not accustomed to.

    Stardock’s release of Start8 was a very welcome sign, but disappointment soon set in when $tardock released paid versions and blocked earlier versions.

    Initially, I did like Start8 but was not willing to pay for it when they changed tracks.

    I’m most happy that Start8 is being offered for free and I’m looking forward to getting a license. Thank You.

  126. nadia said on December 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

    i really need Start8
    i cant use the new gui of w8

  127. Gerard said on December 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Love the short start up times, although Win7 will do the same with a SSD as the main drive. Feels fast and slick when running, except when you are in non-touch mode. Then it is daft. I like a clean interface, but having to resort to Dell videos to figure things out is daft. Too many mouse clicks to make things happen. Anything that runs in Win8 should have a minimize, maximize, close option. Apple, Ubuntu and Android do. It’s not a coincidence. The keyboard seems the way forward (ALT-F4, ALT-TAB, etc) which is odd. After converting from keyboard (DOS) to mouse, MS want to convert me back to the keyboard. Hopefully SP1 will have the option to swap from touch to touchless interface to suit what the user wants. It’s great Windows at last works properly with a touchscreen but not so great it forces that interface on folks who don’t need it

  128. Mike M said on December 14, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Don’t much like the new start menu sure would like a license for a better start menu.

  129. blaze said on December 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I don’t mind w8 too much but I don’t like the fact it boots into metro. Seeing as Start8 lets you boot right into desktop, I find that appealing enough to try it out and also disabling the charms bar.

  130. BlogWurm said on December 14, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Hello Martin,

    in windows 8,
    isnt’t all so great.

    On one side its boot up should be fast,
    faster than the older versions in the past.

    The start menu is somthing I will miss,
    therefore I hope for a lucky kiss.

    Start8 can correct this defect,
    so if I win, it would be perfect.

    Best Regards and a have a nice day.


  131. Stan Tan said on December 14, 2012 at 3:45 am

    It’s refreshing to see Windows in another form. the function of touch is simply irresistible. We will soon see a touch revolution in all Desktop OS out there thanks to Microsoft.

  132. Kite Pan said on December 14, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Windows 8 is an interesting OS. For many features is similar to 7, but is faster and more responsive. Unfortunately for those who do not use a tablet PC, the new Metro interface is really unusable, then Start8 would be really helpful.

  133. Ryan said on December 14, 2012 at 4:17 am

    After loading up Windows 8 on my desktop I’ve been introduced to the new interface and soon learnt that I’ve got to use the keyboard and mouse to find all the settings in each program that I use, keyboard helped me close programs or switch between programs. The desktop is left unused most of the time because of the Windows store apps, which offer good content and can be very entertaining. Without a touchscreen and without Surface I can say it has been a good experience.

  134. Fahmy Corporation (FREE Software) said on December 14, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I think “Windows 8” is a bad OS, it has Bad user interface, and it looks like Windows 8 will be replaced by the “Windows Blue” soon, such as “Windows Vista” which has been replaced by “Windows 7”.

  135. uRwhatUr said on December 14, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Awkward but handling it okay!

  136. Geek4Life said on December 14, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Windows 8 does provide legitimate upgrades over Windows 7, including faster boot times, enhanced Explorer and Task Manager functionality, and native USB 3.0 support. However, the Metro experience is half-baked at best, with lousy integration into the traditional desktop environment, less tablet functionality than iOS or Android, and second-rate apps limited by Microsoft’s design.

    With no way to disable Metro officially, Start8 is a must-have for every Windows 8 user that doesn’t want a strictly WinRT-like experience.

  137. Liju said on December 14, 2012 at 5:12 am

    By each passing day I’m getting comfortable with Windows 8. The speed and under the hood improvements over 7 alone make up for the UI quirks. I’m currently using Start8 trial and loving it. So this giveaway will be beneficial for me. Thanks Ghacks & Stardock !

  138. vhick said on December 14, 2012 at 5:18 am

    MetroUI, although its big, its very confusing and hard to use, finding file and access all your programs. Going to windows 7 start menu is the answer.

  139. anilkr said on December 14, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I am not using any program, however, it will be nice to have start menu back.

  140. Naveed said on December 14, 2012 at 5:38 am

    WIndows 8 is a huge improvement over the already great windows 7. Start Menu is replaced by the start screen. Am i missing it really. A license for start8 might say it as some other replacements were uninstalled in few days only

  141. Wykkochan said on December 14, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I have tried Win8 on virtual environment, at first looked cool, but then i started missing some things. I didnt have much programs installed, maybe was that.. but seemed somehow frustrating to me dont have the desktop on first place. I dont mind the tiles.. but the background should be customized.

  142. Laddy said on December 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Finally a solution! this software is perfect I lose with win 8, i want it

  143. Rafi Mahmud said on December 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Apart from ditching the start menu, windows 8 is a great improvement in terms of speed, look & features over its predecessors. I would be more than happy to get such a stylish, wonderful start menu for my windows 8 through this giveaway..

  144. Balaji said on December 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Im using win8 in touch enabled laptop. Windows 8 is great OS for touch enabled displays and it is more secure than the win7.

  145. Garth said on December 14, 2012 at 9:24 am


    I felt pretty much skeptical about Windows 8 at first so I just wait and see. After the final version was released, I gave a trial. To me, barring the banisihing of the Start Menu and Start Button, it is quite user friendly actually. If you were already familiar with Windows 7, then it is likely you will not be having learning curves.

    Thans you Martin and Stardock!

  146. Zakkar said on December 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’m using Windows8 already for a week. As for me it’s a good OS and comparing w/ Win7 I have to say I’m very pleased. First of all – it’s really working better. I’m now using laptop as a main PC and after testing Win8 beta on a virtual machine I understood that I’ll be using it for sure. With strongly limited “computing” resourses it was switching on and off even faster than Win7 on a host machine with average configuration. Since, as I’ve already mentioned, it’s a laptop – switching on/off is a critical issue.
    Concerning Metro (aka ModernUI), I have to say that I see some advangages in it, that’s for sure. The first program I installed after OS upgrade was Classic Shell. After using it I underst tand that I miss some of the Metro-Desktop integration and a flash of light with “Start8” suddely struck my brain – they had an option of shifting Metro start menu into a start button but with a limited space. As for me it’ll be a perfect solution for using Win8, as using fullscreen applications , incl. start menu is a hell with FullHD monitor (at least for me – never liked fullscreen). Actually, I though about purchasing Start8 as a start menu replacement withing a few days because I’ve tested it on a trial (to be sure that it corresponds my demands) and now I hope being a lucky one in this giveaway ;)

  147. Jason Y said on December 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Seems a bit faster than my Win7 was, but the new hybrid interface is annoying. Start8 would fix that for me.

  148. Lewis said on December 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the review.
    I’ve seen posts about this program but I’ve been using Win8 with just the start screen and it’s working fine for me so far.

    I do wish they would offer the users CHOICE though. Senseless elimination of customization options would probably be my biggest gripe with Windows 8 so far.

  149. IT_Andy said on December 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

    As an admin I seriously doubt, that companies will switch to 8 ..

    Personally, I really don’t like no startmenu – therefore I hope i will win one back …..


  150. TechGuy said on December 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I’ve been using Windows 8 for a few weeks now and generally like it but I am missing the old start menu.

  151. Panayots said on December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I liked Windows 8, but I didn’t like the absence of Windows 7 Start Menu.
    Start8 offers what I need, as I am not a fan of the Metro menu.
    Please, count me in for a License.
    Thank you for this nice Give-Away!!!

  152. Peter said on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I can’t give you my opinion on Windows 8 since I’ve not used it yet. However, I’ve never been a big fan of the start menu. I use app launchers – like Executor, SlickRun and Launchy – for years now and I’m quite happy with it.I hope I can keep using them on Windows 8.

  153. Percu said on December 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    You get a little time in knowing how to manage it, specially with touch version. But after that time you get a nice user experience.
    A start menu is a must in bussiness environments.

  154. marius timu said on December 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Still in love with Classic Shell,it does everything I want it to!

  155. farid branki said on December 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I used start8 for a while and I found very useful and made windows 8 bareable

  156. thuya said on December 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I really miss start menu in windows 8.
    If i win this license ,i would be happy.
    pls count me in.

  157. Joshua said on December 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    The more I’ve played with Windows 8 at work (I’m in IT), the more I get used to not seeing the standard Start menu. The problem is, the Start Screen just doesn’t have the functionality that an IT guy needs. I think Win8 will be a failure as far as IT is concerned.

  158. Bill said on December 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I also have tried several
    and start 8 is the best would love to get a free license


  159. Jimmy said on December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Just starting with Win8 and it is a definite learning curve – but still interesting – no real opinion yet.

  160. Dave said on December 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Win 8 guts are an improvement over Win 7 but the changes in the UI hide this VERY WELL. So the market in adding back the classic Windows UI will be very large.

  161. Rahul said on December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This is exactly what I need. Don’t know what the folks at MS were thinking when they decided on such a big change. I hope I win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  162. Leslie Milburn said on December 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    If you ignore the lack of start button and all of the metro stuff, then Windows 8 isn’t too bad standalone. So if I could get me one of those Start8 licences then most of my Windows 8 issues will evaporate.

  163. David Canencio Becerra said on December 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Great Giveaway, I tried the version CONSUMER PREVIEW, THE RELEASE PREVIEW and finally the WINDOWS 8 PRO, It’s a great jump from what we where used to in previous version of windows, but the metro style and the live tiles make the user experience better, I miss the windows button and hope I win one of these licences.

  164. Antonio said on December 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    i hate metro

  165. Walter said on December 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I am still resisting to change but I have made the decision to order a copy of Windows 8. Please count me in.
    Thank you for offering this Giveaway.

  166. Dan Jackson said on December 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve evaluated Windows 8 at my workplace. While the under the hood enhancements I’ve heard about are really interesting, the user experience seems sub-par when using a non-touchscreen input method. I haven’t had an opportunity to try it with a touchscreen but I imagine that it is far simpler to navigate with this method. However in a workplace with a mixture of 1000+ desktops and laptops it’s simply not practical to provide this type of interface for everyone.

    On the other hand I do like Microsoft’s new OS pricing structure. Despite my misgivings I seriously considered purchasing Windows 8 anyway just so that I’d have a copy at that price.

  167. Andrew said on December 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I think that the new interface really take a lot to get used to.

  168. Chris said on December 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Windows 8 is an epic fail. Why does one need two UI’s in one operating system? M$ should split Windows 8 into a metro-only and desktop-only version..of course they wont… Desktop only for people who want to get real work done and not play with the ridiculous “amazing apps”. To get rid of the start button and menu is the most ridiculous thing Microsoft has ever done. THANK GOD FOR START8! I am highly recommending it to people that are using windows 8. To me it seems the best of the bunch of start menu replacement programs!

  169. Dusko said on December 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I like Windows 8 it has some really nice futures i m not big fan of Metro but it is not that bad it has some advantage

  170. Teiji said on December 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Windows 8 is not that bad. I love the bootup speed and other improvements under the hood. And although I don’t quite like the Start Page, I like some of the Windows 8 apps (ie. News Bento, Mail, etc.).

    A couple of things could be improved though. They should allow 50/50 space instead of 1/3rd or fullscreen app. Also, I hope Sony and others fix the mess with their Windows 8 drivers (still several Unknown Device bugs and no camera driver or putting my laptop to sleep without BSOD).

  171. rossi said on December 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Windows 8 is not bad, but still has much more things to improve. In my opinion, Start 8 will be a good start for Windows 8.

  172. Tyler said on December 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Great article! I love win 8. Have been using since the RC. Start 8 definitely brings back functionality I thought was missing!

  173. Luky said on December 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Sorry of my english
    Window8 is very good system, I am very happy to have it :-) When it´s release a imineatly buy this. Its perfect. I tryed Star8-very good aplication, well Stardock :-)

  174. Piotrek said on December 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Your program is awesome. Windows 8 is good OS but with start8 is much better.
    Now i can enjoy my new system. Thank You :)

  175. Roy Eyal said on December 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    It sucks balls

  176. GM said on December 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I had to format so I installed win8 I have from school’s MSDN. At first I thought it’s pretty nice, even liked metro… started setting it up, and then raged. First of all, Aero looked better. Then hotkeys not working cause no drivers – it’s not Microsoft’s fault tho. And then games not working properly, but again not MS’s fault.

    Then I got used to to new design, use Start8 (trial for now), installed drivers from another Asus’ model and got hotfixes to games. And I like it pretty much now.

    Also the best: Rebooting is not a pain to me anymore. on 7 it takes ages, now it’s pretty fast. Love it.

  177. Devin Galmarini said on December 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I like Windows 8 so far and we are testing deployment in our company right now as well. I’ve set up my home network to use all of the same video streaming capabilities I had in Windows 7 and so far I can tell streaming performance is definitley better. I don’t use the start menu often but it is nice to mix it up a bit rather than viewing a plain old “desktop” all the time.The only issues I have are with IE10, HTTPS websites don’t seem to cooperate most of the time and integrated flash player forces me to use firefox to view Youtube videos. Other than that everything works as expected.

  178. Vinicius said on December 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I really enjoyed Windows 8, it’s a fast and at least until now, very stable system.
    The lack of the start button is the only problem I found until now.

  179. Igor said on December 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve been using Win8 for a while now, but the new Start menu isn’t made for desktop PCs at all. Also, Metro apps are pretty cool on the RT devices, but pretty much useless on PCs. But I noticed that Win8 is actually faster comparing with Win7.

  180. Alex said on December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I really like Win 8, it’s cleaner and more importantly, faster and more efficient than 7. Having said that, the Metro UI is useless to me. I guess with a touch screen it’d be fun, but that’s not how I like to use my PC.

  181. Mark said on December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Start8 is incredible, I’ve been using the trial for a few weeks now, it is amazing. The speed boost and optimizations Win8 gave us with the good old menu, will be sad when trial is over – but it’s only 5$ so I’ll probably pick it up anyway. But it’s worth trying to get it for free yes? :P

  182. Javier Marín said on December 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I love Windows 8, but I miss my “start” buton.
    It would be fantastic if there where 2 versions: “Touch” and “Dont Touch”.

    Me encanta Windows 8, pero echo en falta mi botón de “inicio”.
    Sería fantástico que hubiera dos versines, una táctil y otra de “No tocar”.

  183. Gizmo said on December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I think Windows 8 are the best operating system now. But with with one worse thing – the new Start menu. It loses some of good features from Windows 7. And I think Start8 is the best solution for this.

  184. Veening said on December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I love Windows 8. I first installed it on a old laptop to try it and i was suprised how much faster it feld if you compare it to Windows 7. Even the touchpad drivers of a 6 year old laptop ware sublime, it supported all the gestures (exept multitouch but thats a hardware limitation).
    I use it now on my regular laptop and I can’t find any reason to go back to Windows 7.

  185. Kel said on December 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I might eventually come to like Windows 8, but for now it’s hard for me to intuitively know how to perform basic tasks like accessing My Computer (thank you, Start8 30-day trial!) or shut the computer down. And scrolling to the corner, then up, then waiting, is a lot of work when all I want to know is the time of day.

  186. Dennis J. said on December 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I like windows 8’s speed, and customizability. Microsoft pretty much improved everything, though the start screen can be a pain to get used to. My only complaint about Windows 8, is that in the start menu’s, the scrolling is sideways, otherwise it’s a great OS compared to Windows 7 !

  187. Rod said on December 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Start 8 is great. I’ve been using it since I upgraded to Win8.

  188. Siem said on December 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    With this program, windows 8 is a charm. Some stupid BSOD’s, but that’ll fix itself in updates. For the rest it’s hard to go back to Windows 7 again.. it works a lot snappier.

  189. Turion said on December 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I have been using Windows 8 for a month now and I must say it’s awesome: responsive and I like the start screen; miss Aero though.
    Started using Stardock’s Start8 2 weeks ago after watching the video – really cool app! :)

  190. Jack said on December 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I like Window 8 but I would like it a lot better with a Start8 start menu

  191. Chris said on December 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Its ok.. Don’t care for the new start screen. Gets really cluttered when I have over 400 games and they all have those default crappy icons. I wish you could customize it more. Also On all three of my windows 8 computers I have had issue with the windows 8 apps either crashing to desktop or the game cloud saves getting screwed up and I lose all my progress. Besides those games I really don’t have any other app I use on it. I might use the video ones if they would have let me dual screen the start menu. Speaking of dual screens. I have had issues with it and switching task. Most the time with I windows out of a desktop game then when I come back it usually crashes.
    I have the trial of start8 and it makes windows much better. I think they were idiots for not including an option for it on release. It would have got rid of most the bitching about windows 8.

  192. Gianluca said on December 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I personally dont like metro and the apps, but with start8 desktop is usefull

  193. daragh moriarty said on December 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I actually quite like Windows 8, but the dichotomy between the two different environments is something they have not yet nailed – maybe by Windows 9?! Either way I switch between both modes frequently and Start 8 is simply an excellent tool to remain in the Win7 comfort zone for a little longer! The Pokki start-menu replacement is good but not perfect while Start8 is exactly like if MS replaced it with a post-release patch. Good work Stardock!

  194. pkghosh said on December 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I was using Start8 when it was free and switched to Classic when it was not free anymore.

    Will like to have a license of Start8. Thank you Stardock and Martin for this giveaway.

  195. John Goodwin said on December 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’m a Windows PC guy! I like it 8 a lot. I had to skip over 7. I think it’s a great interface. Provides the best of all desktop choices. I love the enhancement of Start8. Yet Windows 8 is a great operating system to start with. Overall I’d have to say Windows 8 8 out of ten. And Start8 10 out of 10!

  196. Mathew said on December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I was pretty excited with the new windows 8 modern UI. But after a week or so I found myself totally ignoring the modern UI and clicking desktop tile once the system boots.

    Modern UI is good, but it belongs in a Tablet IMHO, not in a PC where some heavy duty work is being done. But overall a positive approach I would say. My wife almost never goes into Desktop mode. So it does prove some point. May be windows 9 will give a wholesome experience.

    -Quick boot and shutdown
    -Battery lasts long. (appreciable in real life)
    -Evolving as a more secure ecosystem (through apps). Good bye to the spywares.

    -Desktop and Modern UI not married to perfection
    -Managing multiple windows is pain in Metro (Its no more windows!)
    -Unnecessary bloating up of certain UI elements (Eg the wifi network selection panel which eats my 20% of screen)

  197. John said on December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    to be honest, without the start button I would’ve changed my operating system to windows 7. The outlook looks so nice but it takes you a much longer time to complete tasks compared to windows 7.

  198. Luis Castillo said on December 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I like Windows 8! It’s super fast…

  199. Cecil Britton said on December 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Please let me win this one. I need it badly!

  200. LG said on December 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    At first I was a bit skeptical about Win 8 UI based on all the reviews. However, after the installation I found almost nothing to dislike with the exception of missing Start menu. I work fast, use multi-monitor desktop and keyboard shortcuts. Opening the Metro interface to find programs and/or documents is very awkward. Start8 to the rescue! I have tried many similar programs but IMHO the Start8 is better by miles.

  201. Larry said on December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I already have this and it’s everything Martin said it is. A fabulous program that makes Win 8 actually useable again! Stardock could double the price and it’d still be a bargain

  202. Michael Quick said on December 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I am computer programmer using Microsoft development tools for over 14 years. I admit I was very skeptical of Windows 8, but…

    Officially switched last Saturday. UI took a little getting used to but I actually like it more than Windows 7. Noticeably faster than Windows 7. Using the Windows key to bounce around and access key features of the system makes more sense than going to Start to just Shutdown.

  203. K.H. Tan said on December 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Win8 is great on touch-enabled devices, but only to a point. It shines when all the user needs to do can be done with Apps designed for the User Interface Formerly Known As Metro. If the user ever needs to drop to the “normal” Windows Desktop, the schizophrenic and multi-personality disorder exhibited by Win8 comes to the foreground (pun intended).

    It is confusing, inconsistent, jarring and feels very much “v.1” in terms of polish and “class”.

    There are supposed to be performance enhancements. If there were any, its hard to tell, so I don’t think the performance enhancement between Win7 and Win8 is really worth it.

    Oh, and if you do NOT have a touch-enabled device? Well, the UI f.k.a. Metro is even more irrelevant for you, and you’re better off sticking with Win7 by a long shot.

    Finally, after all is said and done, if you still feel you want to go Win8, perhaps because you MUST have the latest and the “greatest”, something like Start8 is ESSENTIAL to inject back some dose of sanity and reality into the experiment that is Windows 8.

    Good luck if you jump onto the Win8 bandwagon. May the Force Be With You.

  204. Piers said on December 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Windows 8 builds on Windows 7 and is more refined and stable. I like the new approach Microsoft has taken with its product range as well as the new sensible pricing structure. I currently own three licenses for Windows 8 and find the new Start style only useful on my HTPC – there is little need for it on my bedroom PC and it just doesn’t work on my Eyefinity PC.

  205. Stephan said on December 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    It’s very fast and many new features, however getting rid of the start button was a big mistake, thanks Stardock ! my free trial is ending soon and will register the minute it does it’s gr8 !

  206. Dnyanesh Mankar said on December 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I switched to Windows 8 about a month ago and I am liking it. The boot times have been reduced. The only gripe I have is the lack of start menu. I am already using Start8 but the trial version. It’s about to expire and I’d love to win the free license.

  207. Walid said on December 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I bought a tablet (acer iconia w500) more than year ago because I wanted a tablet that can do most of the things I used to do on my laptop. It was running windows 7. I felt that I’m still using a laptop but with touch screen instead of a mouse ( not what I expected!) but since I installed the new windows 8 I feel that I hold a TABLET in my hand It was a complete change to the device.

  208. iskh said on December 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Windows 8?

    I guess Windows 8 / RT would be fine for a tablet. But whats missing is the option of hybrid solution, so that you could switch between a touch screen friendly interface and a traditional desktop version.

    I’m not about to change my laptop just to buy a laptop with touch screen.

  209. Jesse Manalansan said on December 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I have been using Windows 8 since it’s Release Preview version since I had already obtained a key since then from my College school. I loved it so far, it’s simpler. I must say that boot and shutdown time have significantly improved.

    And now it’s been officially released, it’s the same OS i’m using now ;) I have tried Pokki’s Windows 8 Menu bar, though I did not like it that much till the time I heard Start8 from a friend, so I decided to check it out. It made me love Windows 8 more.

    The classic feel of Windows 7 and the modern UI of Windws 8 combined.

  210. Andrew said on December 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Would love this. I have been using the trial version of this software on my laptop, and definitely makes a nice streamline transition to the new Windows, versus the traditional windows.

    I was planning on putting my Desktop on Windows 8 this afternoon, and could definitely use a full license for both.

  211. Mark L. said on December 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The first rule of design is that each problem has a separate solution vector. Microsoft violated that by cobbling two user experience idioms into one platform, and forcing mouse users to adapt to a touch screen idiom. Not good.

    However, there are many things about Windows 8 that I really like – the new desktop aesthetic, task manager, and I’m acclimating to the Ribbon on Explorer.

    But my chief complaint is that Intel and Microsoft refuse to provide USB 3.0 support to users of certain Intel chipsets, like mine. Intel says the support is built into Windows 8, and Microsoft says nothing at all.

  212. Michael said on December 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I found this article precisely because I started the trial of Start8. I’m so happy with it; I think it saved my laptop from Windows 8 hell. I’m recommending it to everyone I know. Windows 8 is now safe to buy.

  213. darnell said on December 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    i like it look good and i wood like to upgrade

  214. Namgyal said on December 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Did someone even won something here. I can’t believe people are just commenting and commenting and no has bothered to even answer if they ever won a license, man their is no expiry to this giveaway, something is not right here.

  215. Bilal Ahmed said on December 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Win 8 start menu is best for touch screen. For PC users start8 is the best start menu solution. As many other start menu utilities are available but start8 is best for its features and options. thanks to stardock! and thank to ghacks if they give me one out of 50

  216. Alex said on December 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    W8 runs smooth but it’s hard to deal with security permissions in some apps.
    The Start button it’s a must to work comfortable for me.

  217. Armando said on December 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve enjoyed W8 thus far. The new Start screen and app store have plenty of potential. With the Start8 add on, W8 just feels like a slicker version of W7!

  218. Mark said on December 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Loving Windows 8. Missing the start button and looks like this product is a must have. I need a copy!!

  219. Corey said on December 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Loving 8 so far. Own Start8 at home, entering for a license for work :)


  220. Ivan said on December 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    There is lot to like in Windows 8. I have it running on two machines – one as a home server. It fits the purpose surprisingly well.

  221. Jeff Metzner said on December 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’m actually pretty happy with Win8 as is, but it would be nice to have the option to have the Start Menu especially when my parents are visiting.

  222. Jake said on December 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    While I find the new OS sleek, Start8 seems like it is a MUST for it. Metro seems like it would only be an easy start menu if you were on a tablet. For a PC, it just seems tedious.

  223. Jeff said on December 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I upgraded to Windows 8 last weekend and so far I’m pleased, it feels faster and the boot and shutdown times improved a lot. The only down side is the fact that the start button is gone… I really miss it, but Start 8 is what I need to continue using Windows 8 as I’m used to.

  224. Christian said on December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    The increased speed of Windows 8 is a major enhancement, almost worth the upgrade in itself. I’m not a heavy user of the start menu in Windows 7, but some of the additional features of start8 definitely seem interesting.

  225. jelson said on December 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I’m ambivalent about Windows 8… what was wrong with Windows 7?

  226. Gerald Simms said on December 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Start8 is just what the doctor ordered. It is awesome. You need it if you do not have a touch screen in my opinion.

  227. JFP said on December 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I love windows 8 but i hate metro.

    With start8 it is so much nicer and ease to work with.

    Thank for your giveaway.

  228. Tim said on December 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Windows 8 is great, as long as programs like Start8 exist!

  229. Fernando said on December 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I think It is a mistake on behalf of Microsoft not to give the opportunity to the users to disable completely the metro interface. Specially the corporate sector will not adopt Windows 8 until this change occurs. The OS in general works nice and with start 8 now it’s like a stable Windows 7 with esteroids 😜

  230. derek said on December 15, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I’m a programmer and after using Windows 8 I must say that It’s new features are total disaster on Desktop PC’s. I miss my old start menu where I could access all my applications separated by folders in fast and convenient way (program executable sometimes is not really the only thing that’s stored in start menu). Every task like accessing control panel, running application, switching windows or even switching pc off takes now more time. They redesigned task manager but It’s still not useful like 3rd party apps. Why they didn’t improve archive management app so I don’t have install 7zip every time or why pdf support is so basic that I have to install 3rd party app?
    The only good thing about this system is that metro interface works and looks nicely on tablet that’s why even that I hate it on desktop I am waiting for Win 8 pro tablets and I am willing to buy one.

  231. Isaac said on December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I honestly don’t have any problems with Windows 8. I’ve been using mouse-gesture and keyboard-shortcut oriented window managers like GNOME 3 on Linux for a while, and I think Windows 8 is a nice attempt by Microsoft to give some of these features to the regular user while allowing the power user to utilize all the features of the desktop from just the keyboard.

    If you’re a “power user” and you’re not using Windows 8 shortcuts like WinKey+I, WinKey+E, WinKey+F, +W, +R, +., +>, +Z, etc. then you’re not doing it right at all. When you use your keyboard, things go much faster. It takes some getting used to, but it definitely pays off.

  232. Jake said on December 15, 2012 at 1:34 am

    By its self it is alright. But with start8, it is the same old windows that we all know and love. I really wish, however, that all the programs open on the desktop wouldn’t be treated as a single entity in the program tab

  233. Iroshan said on December 15, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Using the trial version and loving it. Hoping to win a full version. :)

  234. Gky said on December 15, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Great UI, but the new metro design is annoying if you do t have a touchscreen

  235. tony said on December 15, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I’m in retail & there has been some resistance to w8 & a lot buying up the last w7. The start8 gives the buyer a familure feel & confidence to use w8 without the worry of getting lost in the new system & day today operation.

  236. Iroshan said on December 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Well. I am using Win 8 for more then month now and greatly satisfied with the performance. I don’t have a touch screen and I have total forgotten about the tile interface. Installed start8 about 2 weeks from now and It’s great now.
    I think Ms should have included this software for their OS. Cos everybody cant buy touchscreen to use the OS.

  237. Trevor Tymchuk said on December 15, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I’ve been using Windows 8 since it was released, and still miss the Start menu. I still find myself moving the mouse to the lower left corner of the screen when I want to do, well, lots of things. Even just shutting down the computer.

  238. Tblogger said on December 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

    OOOOOOOOOOOOh ! i am Too late For this ! Microsoft Newest Operating system Windows 8 Is Seems to be Really smart , Fast loading , And Many more New Features Available ! According to Many reviews . But I am Not Ready To leave windows 7 as After Running The Windows 8 upgrade Assistant tool I found that , Some software Are not Supported On this , Beside that My Mind is not Accepting the Change Of Interface Between Windows 7 to 8.

    But I have Planned To use it Few Months later.

    And This Start 8 Button Is Really Great As I think No One wish To Use Windows Without any Start Button.

    Will Be Really Happy To Win One License.

    Here Is My Share —>

  239. socos said on December 15, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I switched to Win8 a couple weeks ago. I’m forcing myself to use it as is, but I still find myself clicking on the Internet Exploder icon on my taskbar thinking it’s the Start Menu. If MS had included a Start Menu Win8 would be pretty much perfect to me.

  240. NightExcessive said on December 15, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I think someone at Microsoft didn’t get the memo about making a desktop OS.

  241. Shea Bunge said on December 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I like the desktop part of Windows 8, and the ability to install Windows Store apps. I’m getting a laptop soon with Windows 8 on it, and it will be really hard to navigate around the tablet-optimized start screen with a touch pad mouse.

    I like how Start8 makes a start menu look and feel as if it was actually a part of Windows 8, instead of looking like it’s been copied-and-pasted out of Windows 7.

  242. dada said on December 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I am on desktop and without startmenu its hard. Except start menu Windows 8 is good.

  243. Hans Martijn Schröder said on December 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I’ve tried Windows 8 for a few weeks now but it’s just not the same. I love the stability of the OS and the new features. The app store is pretty nice but not a lot of apps here in The Netherlands. The OS is great for gaming and desktop tasks.

    Like I said, it’s not “Windows” anymore; We all miss the start button, even the people that never really used it miss it.

    Start8 is a great way to bring back an even better start button but sadly I can’t buy it since I don’t have a credit card and I’m not allowed to use Paypal. A free license would be great since my trial is almost running out.

    I would recommend Windows 8 to my friends but not to my grandparents…

  244. Ankur Gupta said on December 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    The only thing we miss in windows 8 is start menu.

  245. e1scd said on December 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hey, Martin!
    I will be switching my Touchscreen PC to Windows 8 after the holidays. Having used Windows since v.3.1, the Start Menu is highly ingrained. I’d appreciate a copy of Start8 to aid the transition to this new interface.

  246. Blake LeBlanc said on December 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve tried a few of these programs for Windows 8 and Start 8 looks like the best one currently available.

  247. villatoro1810 said on December 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This is a great app, o have tried it for a while and o feel really confortable with it. Among the other options i can say this is the best.
    Hope i can get one.

  248. stevenson said on December 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I need one of that. please!

  249. Ram zing said on December 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I would love to see a comparison done with ClassicShell. I’ve been using that lately and it seems fine. What does Start8 add for $5?

  250. truegvk said on December 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Win8 would be much better without metro.

  251. john muskopf said on December 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

    for a tablet it is probably fine. for my desktop use I will be using win7 when possible.
    it is faster to boot to the login but other than that I am not seeing any benefit to switch completely at this time.
    i am on technet so i can play with it, but i will not be buying an official copy anytime soon.

  252. Charles Holcomb said on December 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I hated WIN 8 at first. Now, after using it for a while, it’s much better, even though I still have problems navigating at times.

  253. Eric Overbey said on December 17, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Truly loving Windows 8. A much more stable and Speedy OS, with the power to run all my apps including Steam GAmes

  254. Sean said on December 17, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I actually like Windows 8. It’d be better if I had a touchscreen but whatever.

  255. Dave said on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Great that someone is fixing Microsoft nonsense !

  256. Psy said on December 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Just for my information, my post has been deleted ?
    Or i f**ked something ?

    Too lazy to retype everything… arrrhh.

    To resume, i love Win9 “mechanics” but a little desoriented with the interface. Hesitating between FARR and Start8… so a tiny licence would fix the choice. :)

    1. Psy said on December 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Ok, nevermind, just not enough coffee today… -_-

  257. Mick said on December 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    This app became a deal-breaker for the better part of my family, to upgrade the PC to Windows 8. Still barely using Metro interface, and the Start Button was greately missing. Not anymore!

  258. Jason S said on December 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Under the hood it seems great. The lack of the Start menu in the dekstop app is really glaring. I’ve been helping folks who received them as Christmas gifts, and the first question is “How do I do (x) in the desktop?” Just a glaring oversight in my opinion. I’m curious to try Start8 – I’ve been installing Classic Shell without all the browser/explorer changes since it’s free. Tough to tell people who just unpacked a $599 PC that they need to spend $5 in the app store to use it the way they are familiar with.

  259. Leigh said on December 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I haven’t found my way around the start page but start8 does integrate well and does a great job of letting me get around my pc.

  260. Paul McA said on December 18, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I am posting from Windows 8 now, and I have to say that Microsoft really have made a right mess here. If they’d just left the desktop improvements alone then the improvements would have been actually quite good.

    As it is, it confuses the hell out of my relatives. How on earth are novice users going to be able to understand the difference between “modern” and “classic” apps. Microsoft have just added several extra layers of unnecessary confusion. Especially annoying are the limited “multi-tasking” features which will pop up on a novice user unaware and then only allow them to switch between “modern” “Metro” apps. How confusing is that?! My mother kept blaming the excellent touchpad on our new laptop for “doing things she didn’t ask it to” when in fact the culprit of her frustration was really Windows 8!!

    Then there is the fact that so much crucial functionality is hidden away from the user that make Windows 8 so unintuitive (it’s not like an instruction manual was included either). I mean, how ridiculous it is that to find “all apps” you have to right-click and that it is not made obvious with a search box that you can search the start screen?

    Microsoft’s decisions don’t make sense to me, so how on earth they make sense to a more novice computer user?! A start8 licence really would be a godsend for me, as I don’t really want to have to explain the really illogical design decisions to my family.

  261. Bron said on December 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I’ve checked windows 8 and that new awkaward UI annoys me a lot, really wanna get rid of it and make it have the good old classic windows interface.

    To remove the classic UI was a huge mistake from microsoft.

  262. tubeboggan said on December 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    win 8 working great on my laptop. Definitely need the start menu though.

  263. dhall said on December 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

    The early reviews of Windows 8 were not too good, and I was not going to upgrade from 7, but the download only discount from Microsoft made it too good to miss and I am pleased! The boot up speed is very fast, the OS is stable and looks great. But the omission of a start menu was a weird decision – this charm bar just adds more clicks to simple processes.

  264. Johnny said on December 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I use Pokki but it makes my start up slow

  265. Patrik said on December 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I like Win 8 as the progress of Win 7. As it is is perfect for Tablets, but for notebooks and desktops we miss Start button (understand, we needs to like Start8 :-)) Happy x-mas!

  266. Neal said on December 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I like the cleanliness of Windows 8: The business like interface without eye-candy. Removal of Start Menu was a mistake as I found it far more elegantly customisable and much easier to use on a desktop PC designed without Touch functionality. As 8 matures and new hardware becomes available the new Start interface may begin to make more sense.

  267. ram zing said on December 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Windows8 isn’t too bad if you have a touchscreen based computer. Otherwise it takes a little getting used to. I can live with it since it came installed on a new touch laptop I bought, but I wouldn’t buy it and will not be upgrading by existing pc’s. It’s the curse of the windows OS – every other version can be skipped (Me, Vista, …)

  268. Marcin said on December 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Windows 8 is a good system, but new interface is not really designed for desktop PC. I believe in few month it will grow up and new features will arrive. Also I expect changes to desktop interface to make it little more ergonomic. So far Start8 is a must have app. Period.
    I believe more people gave not enough time to check all features and did not realized the performance gap between WIN7 and WIN8. Of course new modernUI is not perfect, but that will be improved I am certain of that. It still may be a great system for enterprises when more apps will arrive to MS Store and desktop could be selected as default interface.
    Once you start working on WIN8 and go back to WIN7 you will realize the difference which is more like betwwen WINXP and WIN7 than Vista and 7. Give a try to WIN8 for a week and there will be no turning back for you.
    I made a great deal. Thanks to Microsoft for 40$ I upgraded from WinXP 64bit. For me that was a best deal this year. If only MS office could be upgraded from v2003 for the same price…
    I like the road MS is taking its Windows system, looking forward for next releases and upgrades.

    PS. If you like modernUI, google for OblyTile app. Must have as well.


  269. Shishegar said on December 20, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I have read so many negative opinion about win8 & I agree with some of them but It has many features & somehow I like it too so I will upgrade to it soon.