While there has been a lot of buzz, both good and bad, surrounding the release of Windows 8, one thing many consumers are frustrated by is the lack on a Start Button on the new user interface.
The button was removed from the Explorer interface in Windows 8 and the code for the Start menu was taken out as well. The move seems to have been made by Microsoft to force users to adapt to the new UI, instead of falling back on the old, but reliable Start button and menu.
Many users have cited the lack of a Start button as the reason they haven’t upgraded from Windows 7. Developers have been hard at work creating Start button replacements, and some came out even before Windows 8 shipped.
There are certainly a bunch of options out there for users to take advantage of, including plenty that are free such as Classic Shell, Power 8, ViStart, StartW8, Pokki and StartMenu 7. Others come at a price, while a few of the free options have Pro versions for an additional cost.
The experts at TechnologyGuide’s sister site, DesktopReview, have a rundown of the ten best Windows 8 Start Menu options with many more details on each of the Windows 8 Start button replacements.