StartW8–a closer, free Windows Aero start menu alternative–for Windows 8

January 18, 2013 All, Community, MSDN, Softwarez, Tips & Tricks, Tools, Tweaks, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 No comments

While searching for Third Party alternative software’s for bringing back windows start menu feel on Windows 8, I came across few interesting tools – and I introduced them in my earlier blog posts – Stardock’s Start8 (licensed version), Classic Shell, Power8 were those.


[logo courtesy: AreaGuard]

Today I just found another cool alternative that you can try for free – StartW8 – is developed by Area Guard. You can install and use the software free of cost. It gives you start menu closer to the appearance of Windows 8 aero look and feel.

Have a look at the screenshot @

StartW8 key features

  • Automatically switch to desktop immediately after signing in
  • Added Windows Start menu in Windows 8 design, but Windows 7 functionality
  • Activate menu with Win key
  • Log off, lock and turn off buttons
  • Traditional search field
  • Favourite applications
  • All user configurable
  • Support for silent installation
  • Multilanguage support (18 languages)
  • Option to ignore the lower left Hot corner

[Quoted from AreaGuard StartW8 website]

Download and Try StartW8 from:

Power8–yet another replacement to bring back old Windows Start Menu in Windows 8

January 18, 2013 All, Community, MSDN, Softwarez, Tools, Tweaks, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 1 comment

Power8 is a similar windows start menu alternative like ‘Classic Shell’, which I introduced in the last post.

Benefits Power8 includes:

  • No system files patching;
  • No hooks over system objects;
  • No app-init DLLs;
  • No additional services, drivers, etc;
  • No trash in registry;
  • No installation – just unpack and launch;
  • Small, fast and powerful;
  • Open-source;

You can download Power8 from