So, if you’re Microsoft, surely there’s a point when you realize that this is ridiculous?

I haven’t been shy about saying that the absence of  a start menu and the insistence on making users deal with the start screen are hands down two of the biggest problems with Windows 8.

Company after company continues to offer patches and fixes to these problems and still Microsoft seem to ignore these issues.

Check out this VERY interesting infographic from Pokki that discusses some of the usage stats for the Windows 8 Start Menu.

Some of the points of interest:

  • They had half a million downloads of their Start Menu in the first week.
  • They point out the rise in Google search data for the phrase “Windows 8 Start Menu”.
  • A stunning 85% of their users also configured their product to disable the Start Screen.

What do you guys think about these stats?

Pokki infographic about the Windows 8 Start menu

Pokki infographic about the Windows 8 Start menu

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Brenton Klassen

    I don’t use a start menu. I like my start screen just fine.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Awesome to hear!

      I need to hear more people who feel this way…

      • Indra Jit

        Me as well

      • Denis Blazevic

        I also don’t need a Start Menu, Start Screen is fine.

  • JoppeVR

    Don’t need a Start Menu, Love all Windows 8 😀

    • Onuora Amobi

      Good to hear! Thanks.

  • Arnold

    Don’t need it, never needed in any version of windows even though it was there. At the same token, if people wanted to see it on the desktop… Perhaps having an option when you click on Taskbar –go to properties –and then having a check box to show the start menu….that wouldn’t have really been to bad… for those that really can’t understand that they don’t need it.

    • Onuora Amobi

      I think having choices is usually always good…

  • NeuroMan42

    OF COURSE an infographic from a “Start Menu” dev will show that almost everyone chooses theirs. Slant the results much?!?

    • Onuora Amobi


  • Alphere

    I love the new start screen. But I agree that Microsoft should add the customization options to bring back the old start menu.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Choice is always good…

  • Richard Golebiowski

    Love 8. I don’t need a start menu.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Seems to be the prevailing sentiment on this thread…

  • Stephen Gooden

    haha…i like this…cause i actually use pokki as well and its great….and yes…i still use my start button alot but left the option to switch to metro by pressing the windows key….Still want want to get used to the new gui but i want the options….Interesting results.

  • Darren Kavin George

    Checked out POKKI – too complicated. Windows 8 without this MOD is fine for me. Its a learning curve but I learned. Don’t need a start menu – except one that can give me back a recent items list. Where the heck is that?

  • Pratyush Nalam

    I don’t use Pokki. I love my Start screen which I have customised to the hilt now

  • fordcom

    I dont need the start menu anymore. Im fine with the start screen.

  • Dan Stephens

    Will have to check out Pokki. Having an issue on the tablet desktop with right click on my index finger. Touch and hold in the lower left corner slows me down when I’m looking for the recent documents list. And trying to find the control panel without a mouse… Yea. Search is fine, but I used to just click twice and I was there.

  • Jason Deveau

    I love the start screen. Screw the ol’ start menu.

  • w8nsee

    Microsoft claim to have sold 40 million W8 licenses. Half a million of them want the start menu back. That’s not really much of a failure, is it?

  • Nicolo

    I don’t need my Start button. I’m not using it all the time. I pin my programs on my taskbar and the Modern UI fits for me.