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Change Windows 8 start menu back to Windows 7
How do I turn off Modern UI in Windows 8?

I want to get back the Windows 7 start menu in Windows 8 as well as use the full-screen Windows 8 Modern UI apps. Can anyone suggest any free utilities?

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marked as duplicate by Indrek, ChrisF, techie007, random Oct 28 '12 at 22:18

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There are many applications to get a start menu in Windows 8. Based on What W8 start button solution do you prefer?, these are the highest polled options (at time of posting 29/10/2012):

Other options not polled are:

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I would suggest instead of trying to get the Start Menu back, get used to the Start Screen. If you use the Start Menu like many users, not much will change. For instance:

  • If you click in the bottom left corner or press the Windows key to bring up Start
  • If you use the Search function of the Start Menu/Screen to search for apps/options
  • If you use the Start Menu to get to My Computer/Control Panel/etc, what you do now is right click the bottom left corner. Windows Explorer takes you to My Computer.

The main difference will be where your favorite apps are placed. Instead of having the commonly used programs on the left side of the Start Menu, you get the Start Screen with tiles, and you have to organize them by yourself.

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I second this. Make an effort to try and learn it. If after a legitimate effort you simply prefer the older style start menu, then try something like Start8, mentioned above. I use it, but only because the hot corner is difficult to get to on my multimonitor setup, and I still use the start screen. –  Ben Richards Oct 28 '12 at 21:00
    
Hmm, I have two monitors, maybe I should give Start8 a try. –  Caleb Jares Oct 28 '12 at 21:05
    
Start8 is not free, see my answer for many free alternatives. –  ronalchn Oct 28 '12 at 21:06
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One app that I know of is Start8:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdW9tSXK3fM

It is perfect and awesome. But it is not free.

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Here is a free alternative:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/

In my opinion its not as good as Start8 though.

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