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Windows 10 / Windows 8
Dec 26, 2014
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StartW8 Review

Tina de Pierre
Provides Windows 8 users with several older features taken away
A review of StartW8 by Tina de Pierre

StartW8 is basically a set of tools and Windows modifications for Windows 8 users which restores many of the features which have been removed from the newest version of Windows. The most notable new addition is the Start Menu.

Comparable to programs like Classic Shell, StartW8 provides quick shortcuts to commonly used utilities on Windows. The most important for most users has certainly got to be the start menu which is missing in Windows 8.

The program provides several configuration options and also includes fast access to system programs and files with the search box. It looks very familiar to Windows 7 users but uses Windows 8-style coloring and themes.

If you're missing the Windows start menu in Windows 8, definitely check this contender out.

Installation note: This program is bundled with adware. The installer may attempt to change your homepage, search engine and browser settings or install third party offers. Pay very close attention when installing; the third party offers are not necessary for this software to function.

StartW8 features and highlights:
  • Automatically switch to desktop immediately after signing in
  • Added Windows Start menu in Windows 8/8.1 design, but Windows 7 functionality
  • Activate menu with Win key
  • Log off, lock and turn off buttons
  • Traditional search field
  • Favourite applications
  • All user configurable
  • Support for silent installation
  • Option to ignore the Hot corner

StartW8 is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from desktop enhancement software without restrictions. StartW8 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

This windows 8 menu starter software is filed under:
  • StartW8 Download
  • Freeware Desktop Enhancement Software
  • Software Reviews
  • Major release: StartW8 1.2

Compatibility with this windows 8 menu starter software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of StartW8 may be available from SODATSW.

StartW8 has been picked by our editors as very good.
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