There is a new option for Windows 8 users who want a start menu replacement – Start Menu 8. Newly released from IObit, the software gives users an easy way to abandon the new start screen and replace it with something more familiar.
The highlight of the software is obviously the start menu, though it’s perhaps the most boring feature. Enabling the menu with Start Menu 8 presents users with a faithful recreation of that found in Windows 7. Though customization is available, the basic look remains true to its roots. This stands in contrast to competitors like Stardock’s Start8, which includes attractive built-in themes. Start Menu 8 includes skin support, however, so significant customization should be possible. It just takes a bit more work.
There is more to Start Menu 8 than just the menu, however. The tool can also be used to disable numerous Windows 8 features including the start screen, hot corners, the Metro sidebar and many new hotkeys. These features make it one of the most comprehensive replacements available and a good choice for users who hate Metro as much as they love the start menu. All of these options can be turned on or off individually, giving users complete control over how Windows works.
The app’s greatest advantage is price – free! This is not a trial, nor is it a demo – a paid version isn’t even offered. Windows 8 users longing for a return to the Windows 7 interface must give it a try.