StartIsBack 2.1.2 / 1.6.2 for Win 8.1

Bring back the standard Start Menu to Windows 8
StartIsBack is a tiny application that gives you the possibility of assigning the classical Start button and Start menu to Windows 8. It packs a few configuration settings that can be handled by users of any level of experience.

Unlike other similar apps which return the old Start menu and button, the side menu of StartIsBack is transparent and highlights every new program in the list.

When it comes to functionality, StartIsBack integrates some useful features. For example, if you search the computer for a new item, this is instantly shown in the results area (if it was previously indexed by Windows).

As we have mentioned before, StartIsBack comes with a multitude of configuration settings; these concern the Start menu items and behavior (e.g. display My Computer as a link, hide Default Programs and Device and Printers), appearance (e.g. disable taskbar translucency, hide the Start button) and switching rules (e.g. show the desktop when logging onto the PC, switch to the last used application when clicking the Start screen).

Other options refer to uncluttering items in the Start screen (by renaming the Start screen to "Apps" and by keeping only the modern apps in that location), the advanced system commands menu (combine the Start button context menu with the one of the Start screen) and Windows tweaks (e.g. store and display recently opened programs). Furthermore, you can disable StartIsBack for the current user.

StartIsBack does not put a strain on the computer's overall performance, as it uses a pretty low amount of CPU and system memory. It is pretty responsive to key strokes and mouse commands. We have not encountered any issues throughout our testing; StartIsBack did not hang, crash or display error dialogs. Thanks to its intuitive yet rich features, the application should please users of all skill levels.

Reviewed by on April 3rd, 2013


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EXCELLENT
last updated on:
May 15th, 2014, 9:34 GMT
file size:
923 KB
price:
$3.00
 
developed by:
Tihiy
license type:
Trial 
operating system(s):
Windows 8 / 8 64 bit / Server 2012
category:
C: \ System \ OS Enhancements
download hub:
Windows 8 Start Menu

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StartIsBack - StartIsBack will help you quickly and easily bring back the standard Start Menu to Windows 8StartIsBack - The configuration panel will provide users with customization capabilities to match their preferencesStartIsBack - Users will be able to select the visual style of the start menu as well as the start button within the Appearance sectionStartIsBackStartIsBackStartIsBack
What's New in version 1.6.2 for Win 8.1
  • Fixed: incorrect start menu position on some multi-mon configurations
  • Fixed: problems to install on Windows 2012 R2 Terminal Server
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Application description

StartIsBack is a lightweight application that allows you to return the standard Start Menu and Start button to Windows...

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