So, Windows 8 is coming in late July (October for retail customers). There are no signs that Microsoft will relent provide an option to switch back to the Windows 7 start menu, and instead will force the horrible metro interface upon everyone. As a result many of us will undoubtedly stick quite happily with Windows 7, however there are 2 reasons to use Windows 8: being forced to as it will come on all new PCs soon and for improvements including a performance increase and the new storage spaces feature amongst others. If you fall into either of these camps but, like me, can’t stand metro, there are now more options available than when I last wrote about this issue.
Start8 is provided by stardock – well known for providing previous UI enhancements and makeovers for windows. Start8 is free and restores the start button along with a new style startmenu
ViStart is also free and provides a startmenu that looks just like the one in Windows 7. It is also skinnable and includes various extra features
Classic shell is a third free option. It doesn’t provide a windows 7 style startmenu – it provides a classic start menu last seen in Windows XP
The option to create a ‘kind-of’ start menu without any downloads is still an option. For more information refer to my previous article on this topic.
My personal favourite is ViStart – it looks the most like the Windows 7 start menu and includes additional options. With it Windows 8 becomes distinctly more pleasant to use.
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