Stardock to sell Start Menu replacement for Windows 8

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Windows-8-Start-MenuThe biggest cause of antipathy towards Windows 8 by Windows 7 users is the removal of the start menu in preference to the Modern style Start screen.

Now StarDock, long known for their Windows Shell replacement and enhancement software, has taken up the cause with Start8, a Start Menu replacement.

The app features:

  • Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
  • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
  • Pin desktop and Metro apps
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu

StarDock is selling it For $4.99 from their website here.

Are our readers ready to embrace the future, or will you be relying on crutches like this? Let us know below.

Via Windows8hacks.com



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  • http://twitter.com/Blau34 Jens

    I love it :)

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

    I saw this before, sticking with the windows 8 start menu because I really like it now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erichon99 Eric Hon

    I personally wouldn’t use it, but glad it’s available for people to buy if necessary

  • CokeZero

    I really like the new Start, with the live tiles. Yes, with a mouse too.

  • José Villaró

    Unfortunately this will become one of the most pirated software’s around

  • alukard

    All that energy over nothing, but I guess choice is good and it goes to show windows 8 is just as customisable as every other windows version.
    I for one like the new start button and menu both on my tablet and desktop pc. I welcome change and Windows 8 is good change in performance and UI.

  • Breakingillusions

    na don’t need it already loving the new interface

  • bnlf

    4.99 rly? i pass.

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    After a while you get used to the new UI and hardly realize the start menu is gone. Still, I guess some might prefer this.

  • http://twitter.com/Blau34 Jens

    The biggest Problem ist to find the New start without Keyboard.
    And its to big. So stardock has done here what Microsoft should do.
    To force People to new bad way (there is no real Start) for Desktop Users is a big mistake from Microsoft. So people will wait or go to other Systems.

    • Bugbog

      “So people will wait or go to other Systems”

      Not upgrading or “waiting” is evidently understandable, but “..or go to other Systems” is simply Asinine!

  • http://twitter.com/felix872 Felix872

    Used to the new Start of Windows 8 … do not want to go back even if for free! But good if people will love to pay for having it back.. but I would suggest to the nostalgic,,, give Win8 Start Menu a try … at least for 1 or 2 weeks… and decide after that.

    • sumedh kumar

      Well said Eric…

  • http://twitter.com/Blau34 Jens

    @twitter-66486932:disqus
    I tested the new Way– and i must say – all Gui Software which can not be used fast after 10 Minutes is bullshi…
    The new way looks like a bad website. It tooks longer to use the new way.
    That are the biggest problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Njoi-Fontes/590077451 Njoi Fontes

      nonsense you just aren´t able to adapt. Sure it might take some time to get used to it, change always does, but it is much more effective at displaying all your programs and giving you livetiles with real time information in the process. You probably just don´t know how to use it

      • http://twitter.com/Blau34 Jens

        Nope.
        I only type my Programm Name in Start.
        Its the same in New start. Difference is that i see it faster and i see the different types of Objects sorted.
        I have a lot of Programms installed and the new Tile based View looks really bad now. I am happy that i can now start direct into desktop Mode. Without type any key. Live tiles didn´t work correct. And i have no need for it.
        I use real Programs on my Computer. I work with it.
        No Facebook shit and no Twitter shit.
        My Outlook works perfect. I get a short message that i have new mails. And the best. This mails are on my computer. For fast access to most importend Programms i have Keyboard shortcuts.
        Every Programm in my Taskbar can be adressed directly. And with 2 Monitors the new Metro UI is nearly useless.
        So you see. Proffesional User prefer old school way.
        Only Consumers like you need simpler Interfaces.

        • just

          You should use DOS it is better for professional people.

          • http://twitter.com/Blau34 Jens

            Most of poeple didn´t accept arguments.
            I give examples. But the most not.
            So use the nice new features, but respect other.
            I´am out here, because no real discuss.

        • Asgardi

          “I only type my Programm Name in Start.
          Its the same in New start. Difference is that i see it faster and i see the different types of Objects sorted.”
          Try Tampere in Windows 7 search. Compare it to Windows 8 search and you see the point. Windows 7 supports only 3 types of “objects” – apps, settings and files. In Windows 8 any app can add its own object(s) to the search.

          “I have a lot of Programms installed and the new Tile based View looks really bad now.”
          I agree that this is the case by default but those tiles can be removed or moved to desktop and taskbar.
          “I am happy that i can now start direct into desktop Mode. Without type any key. Live tiles didn´t work correct. And i have no need for it.”
          Well I like that I see the status of my stocks, emails and other stuff in less then 5 seconds after every login.

          “I use real Programs on my Computer. I work with it.
          No Facebook shit and no Twitter shit.”
          Me too. There is a desktop for that. Your point?

          “My Outlook works perfect. I get a short message that i have new mails. And the best. This mails are on my computer. For fast access to most importend Programms i have Keyboard shortcuts.”
          Agreed. But I use Metro in addition for personal stuff.

          “Every Programm in my Taskbar can be adressed directly.”
          Mine too. What is the problem of Metro being hidden in the background?
          “And with 2 Monitors the new Metro UI is nearly useless.”
          Are you kidding? Multi monitor support is one of the biggest improvements in desktop over Windows 7. Having taskbar (and hence the most important apps) in every screen is great.

          “So you see. Proffesional User prefer old school way.
          Only Consumers like you need simpler Interfaces.”
          I just proved you wrong. I’m a dev who uses almost all MS Office apps, Visual Studio, 3ds max and paint.net every day.

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      Only because you dont know how to use something it doesnt mean it sucks.
      only because you are really bad at computers it doesn’t mean other people will hate it for the same reasons or “examples” you gave. yeah sorry, but they were really lame examples. because desktop Works the same as before. so you can still pin you programs to taskbar and all that. outlook still is a desktop application.
      so again only beacuse you dont want to use something and you dont like change, it doesn’t mean it sucks. it works for me, and i work on it and i play games on it and it Works better than win7 in alot of things.
      “Only Consumers like you need simpler Interfaces” the interface is not even that simply but still its faster… see lame examples and excuses. so you dont like it? dont use it. or pay for this feeling so proud you now dont need to click in desktop =D. i mean you will die if you click so much the “desktop tile” /s
      im really not the idiot who will pay for a software like this with lame excuses. so i guess i dont care much.
      take care :)

  • Wheez

    I’ve already learned to prefer Windows 8 as it is

  • sumedh kumar

    I donT want any extra things in windows 8..i love it the way it is.
    perhaps MS should have a tight grip on windows 8 just like windows phone devices.. Just in the case of so called shell enhancement utilities like stardock’s objectdock.

  • Zicoz

    Not going back to any start-menu after having used the start screen, and I’ll never buy anything from these guys since they bundle their stupid “Impulse-store” with their Descscapes software. So not giving any money to this bloatware company

  • 123321

    4,99$ for the startbutton? are you crazy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuckwhit Chuck Whitaker

    using Windows 8 was tedious now i can move at a fast past again. Microsoft needs to release a Service back and bring back the start menu. My desktop isnt a fucking tablet.

    • Bugbog

      Why did you upgrade then? Stay on Windows 7!

      I like Windows 7 for the desktop. I’ll be getting Windows 8 for/with a tablet. I don’t have to and won’t be upgrading my Desktop PC to Windows 8 for a while yet.

      Simple!

      • http://www.facebook.com/chuckwhit Chuck Whitaker

        I upgraded because I got it for free and eventually people will have to upgrade no matter what (win7 will become a legacy OS like XP eventually). I have no major issues with the OS besides taking more clicks to find simple things. Having this now makes this OS the best even created.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Njoi-Fontes/590077451 Njoi Fontes

    This is completely useless to anyone who is even slightly able to adapt. The new start screen is much better than the start menu because not only does it give you live tiles, it also allows programs to be organizes in a much more easy to use manner. You can still search by manufaclurer by simply clicking “all apps” at the bottom right of the screen. i hope most people wont be stuck in the past by adopting stuff like this

  • http://twitter.com/Blau34 Jens

    No one of Desktop User will use live Tiles.
    And the best is they are not really Live. :)
    Have fun with Tiles. I am faster with old School start and the last use document.
    For example RDP—-> http://www.example.com
    Or Word—-> myword.docx etc.
    In New Metro you only have a simple Tile. This is ok for Phones and Tablets. But not for a real Desktop.

  • Scubadog

    As a long time Stardock owner, I will be discontinuing. This is just stupid. How lame do you have to be to hold onto old concepts? Stardock, which use to be a forward-thinking suite, is now mired in the obsolete. Buh-bye, Stardock.
    Idiots.

  • xma1e

    If people can’t work out the tiles maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to operate computers.

    After 10 months of windows 8 having to go old school really hurts my brain.

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    lol i feel bad for the people who will pay for this… if itw as free it would have been ok. but pay $5 for it? lol i think its really silly, i still dont get how “all programs” —> tiny folders folders of folders. its better than new start screen. the only good thing is the pinned apps, because MFU sometimes showed software i didn’t even use much so i had to go to the “awesome” all progams.
    but of course its not my money. i just laugh at people being so silly complaining so much about new start screen when it works perfectly fine and even better in many cases!

  • Jacky John

    i’m open to change, but not so much by force. i love metro on my windows phone and will get the new surface tablet. i like metro on desktop as an option. live tiles are nothing more than gadgets on windows 7. just a button with live info. its great and all, but i wish it was easy to customize to suit the needs of different professions. i’m starting to hate the new win8 for same reasons i hate mac, because they restrict options/customizations cuz they want to keep it simple for the masses (so basically dummy it down for the avg computer user so even kids can use it). thats fine and all but why take away the start? when they introduced x64, not many embraced itanium and look where that got them. it wasn’t until they added x64 while still support x86 on same chip that it started to take off. u can’t force x64 when all existing programs were in x86. but by giving options of both old and new, then everyone will adopt at their own pace. microsoft is losing potential customers by removing the start button and forcing metro, unless u hack the registry or install stardock. then i heard microsoft purposely removed existing code from win7 so that it will be much much harder to add the start button back. so it was actually more work for them to remove it vs leaving it in and forcing us to use the new way they think is best for everyone. sounds like apple mentality.

  • Asgardi

    Good: Start menu can get even better it was before because of active commercial development.
    Bad: This makes people laggards. The new menu needs a bit learning and this is how people doesn’t have to do it. Just like before with old style start menus and taskbars…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004107760754 Robert Ede

    I think the point has been missed if people think the UI just replaces the start menu. Its the ability to search inside your apps, share information and use the interface to its fullest potential. Live tiles and the various ways to interact using touch make it a bit more than just a start menu. I think as most people have seen, once you start using it then it becomes familiar very quickly. Especially if you have Windows Phone and XBOX already.