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April 08, 2013

Bring back the Start button on Windows 8

While taping our 7th episode of Team Tech Squad last week-end, we debated on whether we should install Windows 8 or stick with Windows 7 on our newly built gaming rigs. Today, we finally found a solution.

Basically, we went with Windows 8 and installed a software that works around to bringing back the Start button.

We found two — one is Start8 and the other is StartIsBack. Start8 is more expensive at $4.99 while StartIsBack is cheaper at $3 for 2 PCs or $5 for 5 PCs. We got StartIsBack.

You can get them here for a 30 day free trial.


15 Responses to “Bring back the Start button on Windows 8”

  1. weatherballoon says:

    Meron din free like Classic Shell.

  2. Miss Call says:

    In W8, the start menu is still there… except that it fills the whole screen.

  3. JP says:

    The Start8 application is definitely worth it, and has more styling options than that *ugh* Classic Shell, apart from looking great out of the box.

    I have a single license installed on two machines. As long as you own all the machines you install it on (or simply limit the number of activations), it probably won’t “phone home” and block further activations.

    It’s an essential for people who like to switch tabs a lot (e.g. programmers).

    Windows 8 is fast and if you got the legit version, you’ll find the free AV software, Defender (formerly Security Essentials), to not be a process hog. But keep in mind, in a dual-boot environment with Linux (and Unix-like systems) you’ll have to use a third party bootloader editor (i.e. EasyBCD), otherwise the distros won’t show up.

  4. haha says:

    no need to pay,pirates.haha

  5. Alfred Aquino says:

    You do not need the “start menu”, Just right click the left bottom of the screen and all the menus will be there.

  6. arman says:

    start button is essential for me… lalo na sa lola ko…

  7. abuzalzal says:

    Parang tanga lang yung iba dito. Eh hindi naman hybrid touchscreens mga computers niyo bakit kelangan noyo pa Windows 8?

    The benefit of Windows 8 on non touchscreen devices is almost NOTHING

    • apokalips says:

      Have you tried windows 8? I used on everyday, on my surface pro, and non-touchscreen desktop and laptop…. I also have a windows 7 laptop, and starting up alone is worth it, all of them have ssd’s and core i7′s except for the surface pro of course… and start ups alone, windows 8 is very much quicker… and I don’t use start menu very on windows 7 as my my most used programs are pinned…

    • abuzalzal says:

      Mas mabilis mag boot? Lol as if deal breaker yun to justify a Win7 to Win8 upggrade…yes I have used the Win8 RC last year at kahit LIBRE yan hindi ko pag aaksayahan panahon yan.. walang may gusto sa Win8 ikaw lang cguro

    • weatherballoon says:

      Para mo na ring sinabi na wag na bumili ng bagong laptop/pc eh bundled na agad yun. Besides RC lang pala nasubukan mo. Hindi lang po bootup ang mabilis sa W8 kahit read/write to disk and mounting and dismounting of external drives/flash drives mabilis din sa W8.

    • abuzalzal says:

      Goodness Weatherbaloon…you are such a noob…malaki ba punagkaiba ng Release Candidate sa Final version? I’ve been fiddling with RC versions ever since nung baby ka pa…. almost identical lahat excepr with minor unnoticeable tweaks….mag aral ka nga.

    • weatherballoon says:

      Wow sir hindi lang ikaw ang sumubok ng RC. abuzalzal != whole world. Minor tweaks unnoticeable or not may experience ka man sa W8 or wala please refrain from calling those users “tanga” dahil pwede rin naman sa non-touchscreens ang W8.

    • Enya says:

      If youre from Vista, youll appreciate Win8

    • ry@n says:

      Updated my win 7 to win 8. Hindi touch screen monitor ko. I like win 8 kesa sa win 7, I don’t use much of the metro applications ksi mostly desktop lang ako. If you use your pc for more that 2hours a day you would easily notice na mas mabilis ang win8. What I really like is that na improve ang pag manage ng resources sa win8, sa win7 pag sobrang dami ng nka open na app and windows minsan ng llag ang cursor or ibang windows sa 8 smooth as butter.

  8. fotolocco says:

    When W8 scrapped the Start button, I didn’t look for it. :)

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