We Want Our Start Button Back in Windows 8. This is How...


Microsoft Windows 8 has no setting to enable or disable the start button as is very committed to force people to use the new start screen. Undoubtedly the start screen does offer several benefits, however a large number of users still prefer the dear old start menu as easiest and quickest way to launch any application. And Microsoft seems to have finally realized that many other users do as well. At its Build conference in April, the software giant revealed that it will bring back a new and hopefully improved Start menu in the next update to Windows.

Meanwhile there are a few things that can be done to get back the windows start button. Try one or all of the below suggestions to see what works best for you

  • An easy and quick alternative for these users looking for things such as the Command prompt, Computer management, Device Manager, Event Viewer, Control Panel, Windows Explorer, etc. try using the shortcut key ( Windows key + X )

  • Crate a Windows Start Menu Toolbar. It is possible to create a start menu into a toolbar, which allows you to access all the programs you normally see in All Programs. Simply:

    1. Enable “show hidden files”: Here's how to display hidden files and folders.

      1. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

      2. Click the View tab.

      3. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then click OK.

        2. Right-click on the Taskbar and click toolbars and then New Toolbars.

        3.Browse to C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows and select Start Menu. Then Choose Select Fold 


   Now you’ll have a new start menu folder with all your programs.

  • Finally there are few different tools that can be installed to mimic the start button.  In my opinion the best two options are:


    1. Start Menu 8. Start Menu 8 emulates the classic Windows 7 start menu, both in style and function. Pressing the windows key will open the menu and display a list of folder shortcuts on the right, a search bar on the bottom, and a list of program folders for easy access to all your applications. For the most part, Start Menu 8 looks, acts, and tastes like the old Start button, but also comes with a few tweaks and enhancements.

        2.Classic Shell - Another great free and open source software tool to add the start menu and other previous Windows features to Windows 8. The Classic Shell menu displays shortcuts to all of your programs, documents, and settings.



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Last modified on Friday, 20 June 2014 11:19

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