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Get the Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8

Using a different Windows Start Menu is possible.

Windows 8 can seem to be full of trickery to the person that is unsure of how to use it. There are many things that are different about the software that so many people have to take the time to get to know so they are able to fully enjoy their computer and the platform that you’ve now gotten used too. However, there is one thing that many people find the most annoying about this Windows, compared to all others – the classic Start menu that you once used all the time is no longer available to you.

Here is a quick and easy way to get that start menu back up and running, so you can then use it whenever you want – instead of trying to find ways around it.

These apps can be downloaded and then used to your advantage when it comes to finding items on your computer easier then ever. Of course, you can use the tiled screen to get to where you need to go, and well, it is pretty cool but not as fast as the Start menu that you used to use.

Classic Shell

This is a neat start menu for those wishing to customize where they like to go, or to choose from places that you go too the most often. If you’re looking for something that is going to provide you with a way to place those jump to places on, then Classic Shell can help you get there. Tweak all of the features on it, and make it your own. Keep it right on your desk top for ease of use, as well.


This Start menu provides a different look. It looks sort of like your tiles but they are on your desktop for easy access. You’re able to put the places that you would like right on it, so they can be displayed, while also getting the benefits that come with the original Start menu built right in. This menu however, comes in a free and paid version. You’re able to customize the menu a bit more when you pay for it, but the free version provides a lot of the same specs.


This app was made specifically for Windows 8. It provides you with a list of different programs that you’re able to choose from and get more out of. You can go into as much detail as you want when it comes to selecting a file, folder or area that you want to visit. The design of the app is also sleek and easy to use, while the customizable features provide you with endless options.


One Response to Get the Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8

  1. Kevin says:

    Classic Shell is what I recommend. Better than any Start Menu ever built.

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