Start8 Beta 3 Update Available Now

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Stardock heard the cries from Windows® 8 users when they found out the start menu had been removed from Windows 8. We accurately recreated the most used desktop feature billions of users depend on every day, packed it with additional functionality, and named it Start8™.


  • Adds a Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
  • Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
  • Pin desktop and Modern UI apps
  • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
  • Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu
  • Configurable Start menu size

NEW IN THIS BETA (0.98 Beta 3 update):

  • Added Facebook link for promotion and 10% off coupon.
  • Search responds more quickly when you press enter
  • Modern app searches now show modern apps without having to type their entire name
  • Improvements to the boot to desktop featureAdded website entry to search
  • Added hibertnate as an option to the shutdown menu
  • Added back the option for fullscreen Modern start menu
  • Extended control panel search to show custom entries
  • Fixed issue with custom start button images being resized down
  • Fixed search using lots of cpu/memory if the Windows search service was disabled
  • Fixed pinned items on the taskbar stopping jump lists from working on pinned start menu items
  • Fix for the start button now always loading the graphic on bootup when you used the flag option
  • Fix for issues with some of the right hand links not showing / hiding based on the config settings
  • Fix to move the user picture when taskbar is at the top of the screen to avoid overlap
  • Fix to enlarge start menu if additional right hand options are enabled


Start8 Beta is available as a free 30-day trial and can be purchased for only $4.99.

Purchase Start8 today to get access to the Beta now and receive a free update to the final version when it releases this Fall.


  • Windows 8


Reply #1 Wednesday, October 3, 2012 5:51 PM

Sweet!!  I'll be on this later. I am currently in 7.

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