SoftPlanet rating
User rating

Not rated yet
Your Rating


  • Windows 2003
  • Windows 8
  • Windows XP

Latest version


Last month's downloads


Product ranking

#1 in Customized Desktops


8.95 MB


Free download

SoftPlanet makes it possible for everyone to get free Start Menu 8 download directly from our servers. There is no registration needed for downloading.

Safe, Trusted and Spyware Free

Report new version

Report problem

Start Menu 8 2.1.0

Start Menu 8


Email Message *
Start Menu 8 2.1.0


Like we said before, the interface is standard, which is the main reason for downloading Start Menu 8. But there are some options to change it, and make it the way you like. You can change how the Start button looks and also choose from small and large fonts. Also you can have as many programs as you like on the display. You can choose which power button to be active on the main screen of the Start menu – Shut down, Hibernate, Sleep, Restart, Lock, Log off or Switch user. It's possible to select which programs will be in the frequently used ones, as they can be sorted by name or by last access time. Also you can choose your skin or photo for the main Start menu screen. You can select which programs are needed in the menu, as you can manually select them to be shown as a link or as menu, or remove them by selecting "Do not show".

Read more

Basic Operations

The basic operations of the program are the ones that we all know. By clicking on the Start menu, that we now have again, it shows links to the main applications, shortcuts, controlling tools and even the new Metro Apps, if you miss them for any reason. You can always change the shortcuts which activate the Start menu, its settings or the Run function. There are general settings that can make the program to start with Windows, skip Metro Screen, Deactivate Metro as a whole or you can deactivate the shortcut buttons when full-screen is detected. On top of it you can select a shortcut which will activate Metro.


There was a lot of criticism about the new Windows 8 and probably the biggest one was the lack of a Start button. If you are one of the users that wants the old button back, you can download Start Menu 8 and the app will add it for you. It has some other features that make this simple app so awesome for those of you who don't like the new Metro in Windows 8. It supports a lot of languages and it has a nice selection of skins, but most importantly in the Start menu you have all the standard functions that are usually misplaced in Windows 8. 


  • Remakes the old Start Menu
  • More control options
  • Over 30 languages
  • Many different skins


  • None really
Reviewed by: Alexander Yovchev

Start Menu 8 is VIRUS-FREE!

Our security scan shows that Start Menu 8 is clean from viruses. The current version of Start Menu 8 has been scanned by our system, which contains 46 different anti-virus algorithms. That ensures that Start Menu 8 2.1.0 is 100% safe for your computer.

Need help?
Ask a question.

Write a title for your question. In the next step, you'll be able to add more details to your question.