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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How to Bring it Back Start Button in Windows 8



Microsoft is committed to having everyone use the Start screen instead of the Start button and start menu found in previous versions of Windows and therefore has no setting to enable or disable the start button. However, there are a few things that can be done to mimic the Windows Start button. Try one or all of the below suggestions to see what works best for you.
Tip: If you're a power user looking for things such as the Command prompt, Computer management, Device Manager, Event Viewer, Control Panel, Windows Explorer, etc. try using the Power user shortcut key ( Windows key + X ) before trying any of the below suggestions.
Create a Windows Start Menu Toolbar
The Start Menu can be made into a toolbar, which will allow you access to all the programs you'd normally see in All Programs. To do this follow the below steps.
Make sure show hidden files has been enabled.
Right-click on the Taskbar and click Toolbars and then new toolbar.
Browse to C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows and select Start Menu and choose Select Folder

Once the above steps have been completed you'll have a new Start Menu folder with all your programs in the Programs folder.

As it’s free you won’t be prompted to present credit card information or payment methods of any sort though you can donate to the project.

How to Install & Configure 


  • Once you’ve finished the download, run the application by double clicking the file you’ve downloaded, or use the Run button that pops up in your web browser of choice. Remember to read and agree to the Terms of Service. You’ll be prompted by Windows to give the application permission to install. Do so by clicking ‘Yes.’

  • Once the installation is finished you’ll notice two things. The first is that you’ll now find a colorful new Start Button on your taskbar. The second is that clicking that button will trigger with a blank Start Menu that matches the color of your computer’s Aero interface. Don’t worry if it’s blank. As you use more apps it’ll auto populate with the apps you frequently open, whether they are Metro applications or desktop applications.

  • You can still access the Start Screen by holding the Shift button on your keyboard and clicking on the Start Button at the same time, or by bringing up the Charms in the right, top corner of your screen.
  • You can choose between different skins that are based on older versions of the Start Menu by right clicking on the new Start Button and then clicking settings. These include everything from a version that is inspired by the Metro design language to one that’s as barebones as the version included in Windows 98. From here you’ll also find options for adjusting text size and so forth.


  • In Basic Settings there are also options to completely control your experience so that you’ll never have to look at the new Start Screen again, including an option that will enables the Start Menu whenever you press the Windows key on your keyboard. There is also the option to boot directly into the desktop so that you never have to use the Start Screen ever again.

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