Free Softwares to get back the Start Menu and Button (Orb) in Windows 8

Do you miss the legendary Windows start menu/button and the “Orb” in Windows 8? Personally I do miss these sorely. I don’t know what was on Microsoft’s mind while removing these “essential” features. Perhaps the devs were too obsessed with the “Metro start page” and thought that most users would prefer the old one over the new nuisance. So rather than keeping it as an option they removed it altogether. But thanks to some third party software developers you can still get back the good old start menu irrespective of what Microsoft thinks. Do not worry, no complicated solution this time, all you have to do is install any of the following free software and forget the metro UI –

IObit Start Menu 8 – an award winning free software especially developed to get back the classic Windows start menu and replace the Metro start screen with it. It’s very simple to use IObit Start Menu 8 and there are many options to tweak and customize the start menu. There is also an option to directly boot Windows 8 to desktop skipping the Metro screen completely plus you can also deactivate the Windows 8 sidebar screen. Download latest version free from here.

IObit Start Menu 8

IObit Start Menu 8

Classic Shell – another popular, open source software which has many useful utilities including the classic Windows start menu. For more info about Classic Shell features, how to use it and download latest version free, just go to the official site.

You can use any of the above to get back the start menu; it’s just a matter of choice. However IObit Start Menu 8 is meant just for this task only while Classic Shell is a powerful multi-purpose app. Try yourself and forget your Windows 8 woes.


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