Start Menu 8 is a free utility from IObit that adds the classic Start Menu to Windows 8. The application offers a solution for Windows 8 users who miss the functionality and convenience of this feature, as it emulates the Windows Start menu and Start button providing quicker access to your favorite programs, files, and Windows tasks.
To begin with, Start Menu 8 is packed with numerous options to customize both the app's behavior and style. The application can be configured to boot directly to the Desktop and thus skip the Modern UI, as well as disable the Metro sidebar and hot corners. Besides, with one click it lets you switch to the Metro screen with and gives you access to the Metro Apps. By means of custom hotkeys, you will get faster access to selected PC settings and the app also lets you choose the links you want to display in the menu, such as Administrative Tools, Documents, Pictures, Music, Games, etc.
As for the menu's visual style and appearance, there are many options to pick from; a variety of skins of different sizes and shapes are available for the start menu button. Similarly, you can select the start menu style and tweak its appearance by changing the combination of colors, font size, icons size, number of programs to display, etc.
The new version of Start Menu 8 is packed with a few improvements, like enhanced search function and better support for Windws 8.1.
In short, Start Menu 8 looks and behaves very much like the classic Windows 7 Start Menu, integrating seamlessly to the Windows 8 taskbar and putting your favorite programs and files at hand. An excellent alternative that works with Windows 8 and 8.1.