Start8 v1.03 Released-Bringing the Windows 8 Start Menu Back!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

The v1.03 update for Start8 has been released today with many improvements and fixes such as drag and drop support for start menu items, control which taskbar the start button appears on, expanded search options, new themes, and more!   Start8 is the “best solution” for the missing Start Menu on Windows8 by USA Today, Forbes, CBS News and Lifehacker!

Highlights of the v1.03 update:

  • New Desktop page in config UI
  • New options to control which taskbar the start button appears on
  • New UI option to control if the bottom left hand corner hotspot functions
  • New UI option to hide Windows 8 Modern UI applications from the Windows 7 start menu
  • Added new theme option for Windows 7 solid (non DWM style)
  • New option to toggle if the user picture should be visible or not

These are just a few of the many changes.  You can view the full changelog here.

http://forums.stardock.com/436740

Registered users can download the update from their account page at https://store.stardock.com/myaccount/products or via Stardock Central.

A free trial and more information can be found at the Start8 website.  For more Windows 8 customization, come check out our new Decor8 app.

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/index.asp

 

MadDeez
Reply #1 Friday, November 16, 2012 7:55 AM

this app is the ONLY reason i renewed my Technet subscription and installed Windows 8. it's a great app, to say the least. i initially installed version 1.01. i then installed 1.02 after seeing that update. suffice to say, i installed 1.03 yesterday. here's the rub: i now have all three versions listed in the "uninstall or change a program" list. i would've thought by installing the upgrades that the older versions would be removed from said list. other than that, it's a fabulous app. neil should be commended.

LightStar
Reply #2 Friday, November 16, 2012 8:13 AM

MadDeez
this app is the ONLY reason i renewed my Technet subscription and installed Windows 8. it's a great app, to say the least. i initially installed version 1.01. i then installed 1.02 after seeing that update. suffice to say, i installed 1.03 yesterday. here's the rub: i now have all three versions listed in the "uninstall or change a program" list. i would've thought by installing the upgrades that the older versions would be removed from said list. other than that, it's a fabulous app. neil should be commended.

 

Same here John! On a secondary PC though for testing purposes, and when skinning Windows 8 becomes available I will dual boot to it on my primary PC.

Skarny
Reply #3 Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:10 AM

Default but with Black Borders doesn't seem to do anything - just shows me the last theme selected.

Windows 7 theme with transparency turned off shows the 'divider' lines in the wrong spot initially.

 

And I humbly request again an option to offset where the start menu appears in relation to screen edge and taskbar e.g.

TwoWolves
Reply #4 Sunday, November 18, 2012 5:52 AM

I tried very hard to adjust to the new interface and way of doing things.

 

Eventually I capitulated and installed Start8 - phew that's better!

petrossa
Reply #5 Thursday, November 22, 2012 3:22 AM

Best way to bring Start back (and usability) uninstall W8.

Uvah
Reply #6 Thursday, November 22, 2012 4:24 AM

I like 7. Even numbers from microstuff tend to not work so good so.................I'll keep 7, wait for 9 then............take over the world!

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