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Get the Start Menu Back on Windows 8 For Free with Pokki!

Windows 8 was finally released to public last week and within a span of 4 days over 4 million upgrades were sold by the Software Giant.One of the most controversial  Windows 8 feature was the Introduction of Start Screen and the Removal of the traditional Start Menu made it worse.

But thankfully there are some tools to bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8,there are some paid softwares which can do the work for you,but if you are searching for a free app which can bring the Start Menu back to Windows 8 Pokki’s Start Menu app is the way to go.

As you can see from the screenshot below it brings back the Start Menu with some more additional features and a nice User interface.

You can choose the add to favorites feature to bring your favorite apps in front of the Menu.

As you can see the Internet Explorer icon in the favorites list below,

However if you want to use the Start Screen as well there’s an option in the corner of the menu to choose the Start Screen of Windows 8.

Download Now:[Pokki’s Start Menu App for Windows 8]

Reason Behind The Removal Of Start Button in Windows 8

The Start Button has been the integral part of the Windows Operating System right from the start.But with the announcement of Windows 8 and the new Metro based Start Screen meant that the Start Button has to die.

The removal of start button has been facing criticism from the fanboys and the enthusiasts all over the web and many workarounds to bring back the conventional Start Button on Windows 8 have been made.But the question remained,”why did Microsoft Remove the Start Button?”,what was the main reason behind the killing of Start Button?

Recently PCPro had a chance to speak with Chaitanya Sareen, principal program manager at Microsoft.Talking about the information gathered during the Consumer Experience Improvement program they discovered that,

“When we evolved the taskbar we saw awesome adoption of pinning [applications] on the taskbar. We are seeing people pin like crazy. And so we saw the Start menu usage dramatically dropping, and that gave us an option. We’re saying ‘look, Start menu usage is dropping, what can we do about it? What can we do with the Start menu to revive it, to give it some new identity, give it some new power?”

“So I’m a desktop user, I pin the browser, Explorer, whatever my apps are. I don’t go the Start menu as often. If you’re going to the Start screen now, we’re going to unlock a whole new set of scenarios, or you can choose not to go there, stay in the desktop, and it’s still fast. You can’t beat the taskbar.”


He added to that by saying that people are now making use of the keyboard shortcuts to open up an application quickly which is pinned to the taskbar to avoid the usage of Start Menu,suggesting that this is a quicker and better way to do things.So its totally upto the person using the resources the right way to make him/her feel comfortable with it.

You may never know With the release of Windows 8 people might get used to this idea and it would eventually work out great if the findings of Consumer Experience Improvements programs are indeed true.If not there is always a enthusiast trying out some workarounds or making his own!


Start8 App for Windows 8 Start Menu Released

It was just yesterday that we posted about this upcoming app from Stardock which will bring the Start Menu to Windows 8 Consumer Preview.I had signed up for the notification yesterday so got the notification as soon as the app was released officially.

If you are expecting to get back the conventional Start Menu of Windows operating system,this might disappoint you.The Start Menu of this app is kind of a mixture of the Metro apps and the Search option on metro,it lists the apps in the start menu also adds up a search form to it.

Take a look at the screenshot above,this is how the Start Menu looks like.

The app also allows us to change the start button icon,also provided with the software is a set of different icons we can use as a start button.These are the icons provided along with the package of Start8.

You can change the Start Icon by right clicking on the Stat Button and selecting the change icon option.You can switch to and from the Start Screen to the Start Menu from the Right Click option.The right click option also provides Run command for entering system commands on Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

If you want to download the Start8,Sign up at StarDock Official Site to receive the download link on your Email.It’s worth a try !

Start8 Windows 8 App to Bring Start Menu To Windows 8

A couple of days ago we posted a workaround to bring the Good O’l Start button and Start Menu on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.As all of us know that Microsoft removed the start button and start menu from the consumer preview,a move which was welcomed by some as well as criticized by many of the enthusiasts over the world.

Stardock is planning to release an app named Start8 for windows 8 which will bring back the Start Menu on Windows 8.The app is expected to be released within a weeks time.

Here are some of its features:

  • - Adds a “Start” menu to the Windows 8 taskbar
  • - Enables quick access and searching of your installed applications
  • - Adds Run… option via right-click menu
  • - Adds Shutdown… option via right-click menu

You can sign up over their official Start8 app page to get notified when the app gets finally released.The app will be made available free of cost.If you don’t want to wait for the app you can try out the workaround we posted to bring back the Start button with menu on Windows 8 Consumer Preview.


Enable Start Orb and Start Menu in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

One of the biggest changes in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the Removal of Start Orb along with the Good o’l Start Menu with it,a move which was said to be necessary to emphasize on the Metro UI and the new Start Screen Page with Tiles making it more touch friendly.

But with many likings for the new Metro UI also come many dislikes as well.So for those who don’t like to use the Metro UI and those who want to bring back the Start Button along with the Start Menu,ViStart is the way to go.It was initially  designed for bring  the Windows Vista’s Start Menu to Windows XP,but it also works for the Windows 8 versions as well,thanks to the recent updates to the software.

Here’s how to do it,

  • First of all download the Vistart app make sure that you skip the additional optional downloads while installing the app).
  • After installing the app you will get the Start button on the taskbar,but it will overlap with the first pinned taskbar icon.

As you can see the Start button overlaps the Internet Explorer icon to fix that issue,you have to create a new toolbar using the following steps,

  • Create a New Folder on Desktop as shown below.


  • After Creating the folder  you need to Right Click on the Windows Taskbar >Toolbars >New Toolbar to create new toolbar  from the menu.


  • Browse through the  newly created folder and select the folder.


  • Now right-click on the  taskbar and uncheck “Lock The Taskbar”option from the menu.


  • This will unlock the Taskbar so now you can move the “New Folder” Taskbar element anywhere on the Taskbar,so position the element to the Start Orb.


  •  Now right click on the taskbar element “New folder”  which is under the Start orb and uncheck the  “Show Text” and “Show title” in the menu.

Now you have the Start Button and the Start Menu running on your Windows 8 Consumer Preview  :)