How To Bring Back the Start Menu on Windows 8

7 responses

  1. huffinpuffin

    Was using it for a while. Had to spend some time to make it just the way I wanted it, but then went back to startisback.
    Come on MS, bring back desktop app launcher.

  2. Noel

    Here’s a quick alternative:
    Right click on the taskbar & go to the toolbars menu. Select New toolbar.
    Point it to “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs”
    There ya go. Start menu returns as a toolbar at the right side of your taskbar
    Who needs a start button?

    • Sam Gearhart

      No such place as C:\ProgramData…

      • naresh

        its hidden folder so first unhide the folders and then in microsoft folder,there is one more microsoft folder,u will find start menu folder in there.
        Thanks Neol for the info.

    • CalLadyQED

      Thank you, Noel. This method works, though what you get is a menu on the right hand side without the fancy icon. Personally, I would still like a Win7-like start button with recent docs/spreadsheets, etc. But that’s just my preference.

  3. Fp

    Would not send activation email.

  4. bill

    1) Go to Desktop
    2) Right click on task bar. Choose Toolbars, then New Toolbar …
    3) In the Choose a Folder Dialog, click on the Address Bar (where you see the folders at the top)
    4) Paste C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    5) Click on the Programs folder and click Select Folder
    6) Bada Bing. Its on the right side with a name, but works the same as the standard Start Menu

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