Stardock Start8

This is just a small, simple and sweet review of the freeware Start button replacement for Windows 8 from Stardock called Start8.

Installation was very easy, the standard Next, Accept, Next, Next, Finish. After that, you get the Start button on your desktop:

start8 button

The Start8 program replaces the MetroUI Start screen with a very Metro-like Start button. The Metro way of organizing the various programs is still present in the Start8 interface, which is one of my gripes with the new MetroUI in the first place. It just moved the problem to a Start button lookalike.

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When you click the lower left corner, instead of going to the Start screen, you go to the Start8 interface. So, it attempts to replace the Start screen with the new Start8. But, I was able to hit the Windows key and go back to the Start screen. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to do it since that first time. Now, the Windows key also goes to the Start8 interface.

For me, I prefer the “old” MetroUI over the Start8 interface. It’s not bad, and if you really need to have a Start button, go with Start8, but just know that it really isn’t a replacement for the Metro UI, it just moves it to a smaller area on the desktop “Explorer” interface (which is now just an app). I’m uninstalling and staying with the standard Metro UI Start screen, rather than the hackjob of Start8.

If you installed it and liked it, please leave a comment. I’m not a fan of it at all, it seems like a very rushed job to be the “first” for a replacement start button (there are others, but they weren’t made for Windows 8).

Dustin is the Head Editor of MSTechPages and has been awarded the 2011 Microsoft Community Contributor award. He is in the process of finishing up a book about Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks. Also, a free ebook for Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts is available on this site, with more printable "cheat sheets" coming soon. You can also find him in the Microsoft Community forums (also as a Community Moderator), Tech Support Guy forums, HardForum, and The Windows Club forums, among several others.
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  • Guestaccount

    i like it a lot. Looks just like windows 7. It has two version in one…Metro and Win 7. you can choose either one. worth the $5

  • Dustin Harper

    I will have to take another look at this software now that it’s more complete. :) Thanks for the comment on this one. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1541418141 Anthony Chiappette

    Definitely worth $5.00.  Why couldn’t MS include this as an option for desktop users? You get your start menu back, you can start on the desktop without having to modify any group policies manually AND it uses virtually no resources.