When Windows 8 launched last year, one of the biggest complaints that the users reported was that the absence of Start Button and the Start Menu was disturbing. Windows users had got accustomed to the Start Button. In words of Red (The Shawshank Redemption), Windows users had been institutionalized!
If you really miss the Windows 7 Start menu, StartIsBack should be your first choice. Aside from the shamrock icon in place of the traditional Start button, it looks almost identical to Microsoft’s last official Start menu. And if you don’t like the Shamrock, you can change it.
StartisBack behaves like the Windows 7 Start menu, too. Recent and pinned programs take their same place on the left panel, with recent file lists for each application. The Search field behaves as you’d expect.
And yes, you can launch Modern Interface programs from this Start menu. You’ll find them in All Programs’ App submenu.
StartIsBack offers extensive configuration options. Many of them–such as the choice to display Control Panel as a link, a menu, or not at all–will be familiar to Windows 7 veterans. But you can also control whether to boot Windows 8 to the Start screen or the desktop, and which key brings up which environment.
- Boot to desktop
- Restore original fully-featured Windows 7 start menu – with new styles.
- Achieve the balance between Desktop and Modern UI.
- Separate Desktop and Modern UI and make Start Screen clutter-free.
- Totally native; fully localized.
- Rich customization and configuration.
After a 30-day free trial, you can buy StartIsBack for a very reasonable $3. Download StartIsBack here.