I am tickled pink by this company.

This is the perfect example of capitalism at it’s finest. They saw a need in the market and man did they ever fill it!

Stardock have released a near-final build of Start8, the utility that adds the Start button back to the Windows 8 desktop.

In addition, Start8 also provides a fully functional post-Windows 7 style Start menu!

Some of the new features:

  • Adds a classic style “Start” menu to the Windows 8 taskbar.
  • Includes support for:
    • View and launch installed applications (including Metro/Modern)
    • All Programs menu, quick links to commonly accessed folders (Documents, Music, Photos, Computer, and more).
  • Adds searchable Start menu options for Windows desktop applications, Metro/Modern applications, and documents.
  • Adds a “Start” button to the Windows 8 taskbar.
  • Automatically load directly to your Windows desktop on login (vs the start screen).
  • Pin favorite shortcuts directly to the start menu for easy access.
  • Includes support for “jump lists”/recent documents for recently accessed programs.

and more…

Some Screenshots

Some Video

You can get Start8 here.

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 EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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17 Comments
  1. Yes, I agree the latest version of Startdock is superior to the earlier version. I’m sure using it as an add-on to windows 8 will make a lot of users happy. Curious about your ire, Onuora, about Samsung tinkering with Windows 8 on their computers given your recent enthusiasm for Startdock.

    • I guess my irony has been lost on you – LOL. I absolutely have the same disdain for both.

      I do grudgingly respect Stardock though because they are a third party with no real ties to Microsoft.

      Samsung on the other hand….

  2. OOPS! In my previous comment I referred to Startdock when I really meant Stardock. Sorry about that!

  3. stardock is cool but for me I love the simplicity of windows 8 UI and will not use stardock

    • Rodney Longoria / August 30, 2012 at 9:58 am /Reply

      Out of curiosity, I installed this yesterday and played around with it for about half an hour. I guess I’ve gotten use to Windows 8 in its native environment, because this felt unnatural to me. I was certainly bored with Windows 7, and like max, I love the simplicity of the Modern UI as well. I uninstalled Stardock, as you’ve guessed already.

      I suppose a lot of folks will love it. It was a nice effort on Stardock’s part, just not for me.

      Onuora, WTH dude? I’m with Tassy Devil on this one.

      • LOL

        Rodney and Tassy.

        I guess my irony has been lost on both of you. I absolutely have the same disdain for both.

        I do grudgingly respect Stardock though because they are a third party with no real ties to Microsoft.

        Samsung on the other hand….

    • Awesome!

      I’m glad that point of view is represented here as well…

  4. Change is hard specially when the whole words is transforming before your very eyes.. when you said ” That will never happen in MY lifetime” …Like it or not Its happened

  5. This goes to show you that Windows 8 is nothing more than a psychotic operating system…

    • Psychotic?

      A little strong no?

    • LOL. No, this only shows how far behind your thinking is ..and how many people love to STAY in the past and that’s only a fantasy because that’s not how the world really is ..

    • Numerology, meaning and symbolism of the number 8. … Symbolism. Number of the perfection, the infinity. In mathematics the symbol of the infinity

  6. I am glad to see all the “Modern UI” love. I personally don’t even have an urge to try stardock. I am quite pleased with what MS has provided. And I know Windows 7. A great OS, but if that is what I wanted, that is what I would buy, not a knock off. Now there are times I find myself disappointed while using any thing other than Windows 8. Surprises me all the FUD memes out there have held on so long when they are patently poor logic. I won’t call them lies, because I think the people truly believe them, but I don’t think they hold up to reality.

  7. I am glad to see all the “Modern UI” love. I personally don’t even have an urge to try stardock. I am quite pleased with what MS has provided. And I know Windows 7. A great OS, but if that is what I wanted, that is what I would buy, not a knock off. Now there are times I find myself disappointed while using any thing other than Windows 8. Surprises me all the FUD memes out there have held on so long when they are patently poor logic. I won’t call them lies, because I think the people truly believe them, but I don’t think they hold up to reality.

  8. I think those guys are crazy who still want to use classic start menu in windows 8 as new start ui is much better, faster and fluid than the older one.
    If you use classic menu in windows 8 then you want to kill innovation and new technology that Microsoft is trying to introduce.

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