How To Bring Back the Start Menu on Windows 8

7 responses

  1. huffinpuffin
    06/08/2013

    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
    06/20/2013

    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
      07/11/2013

      No such place as C:\ProgramData…

      • naresh
        07/15/2013

        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
      07/19/2013

      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
    06/23/2013

    Would not send activation email.

  4. bill
    07/15/2013

    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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