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Microsoft destroyed their classic start menu in Windows 8. Afterwards, they knew that is a mistake, so in the updated versions of Windows 10, they restored this convenient feature that every Windows user is familiar with and used to use (although they tried to hang in there to see whether it’s possible to force users to be used to use their new Metro Menu design in Windows 8 and the early versions of Windows 10), even if it is still not perfect enough (just switching between Metro and desktop). This case, we have to turn to third-party software for help.
Continue reading Classic Shell – Most perfect and classic Start Menu and Windows Explorer
StartIsBack (StartIsBack+, StartIsBack++, AKA: StartIsBack Plus, StartIsBack Plus Plus) is a series of auxiliary desktop enhancement software, specially designed for replacing the gaudy and notorious Metro UI of Window 8/8.1/10 with Windows XP/7’s classic and efficient start menu (has the most popular style and function) – which process can also be referred to as “Restore the classic start menu”. Continue reading [v2.5] StartIsBack – Call classic Start Menu back to Windows 8/8.1/10
Windows 10 tried to partly restore the classic start button & menu, even increased semitransparent effect for the start menu, but its usage is still not convenient enough. Especially on the fluency of menu operation, its overall performance lags far behind the classic start menu of Windows XP/7. And in fact, this is definitely not caused by users’ habit, but the failure on design (Microsoft blindly pursues avant-garde design while ignores one fact/reality – The vast majority of users is using Windows 10 on a PC, rather than a tablet with touchscreen.
Continue reading [v1.55] Start10 – First alternative app of Windows 10 Start Menu
Although Windows 8 is so short-lived, presumably there are still some users having an affinity to it. So Metro Killer seems to be outdated, but still has its application value.
Continue reading Metro Killer – Disable Windows 8/8.1 Metro UI with one click
As is known to all, Windows 8 removes the traditional start menu, which makes a lot of old users unaccustomed. Although the Windows 10 Technical Preview has brought back this feature, before the Windows 10 officially released, for users are still using Windows 8/8.1, we still can use Start Menu 8 to get our long-expected start menu back.
Continue reading Start Menu 8 – Bring back the classic Start Menu to Windows 8/8.1
PSMenu (short for Portable Start Menu) is a simple and free start menu application, designed to provide quick programs starting service for your portable devices (USB Flash Disk, mobile HDD, etc.).
Continue reading PSMenu – Portable Start Menu for USB-Stick or local PC
In order to make the start menu “slimmer”, the first thing we think of is to uninstall as many unnecessary softwares as possible, but the effect is always not obvious enough. Although we can create a new folder to classify and arrange manually, the frequent drag-and-drop operations are much easier to be in chaos.
Continue reading SMOz – Keep your start menu tidy and clean