The Windows 8 Start Button
There’s a start button now, but it doesn’t do what you think.
Scrambling to prevent Windows 8 from going the way of Windows Vista, Microsoft produced Windows 8.1 less than a year after Windows 8’s initial introduction. In the original version of Windows 8, there was no start button at all, not even in desktop mode. Now in Windows 8.1 there’s a Start button for Desktop mode, but it won’t show you a Start Menu as you might expect. It only sends you back to the “Modern” Start Screen (the Metro screen). If you right click the desktop start button, you get a little more, but still not a true start menu like most users expect.
ENTER START MENU 8 by iObit! There’s a free app called Start Menu 8 that works great in both Windows 8 and 8.1. In fact here’s a link to their download page on Downloads.CNet.com. Just click the big green Download Now button (NOT any of the ads on the page)…
…download and install, and it should not only give you back a real Start Button, but also a much more Windows 7-like Start Menu, AND Windows 8 will boot into desktop mode automatically. Woo hoo!!
If you right click that new Start button and click Settings, you can control much of what it does. I changed my demo so that pressing the Windows key on the keyboard toggles back and forth between Desktop and Metro modes. This little program seems to allow you to make Windows 8 into an almost “normal” desktop interface while still having the new “Modern User Interface” available if you want to play with it or if you do have a touch screen.
We’ll post more useful Windows 8 tips and tools as we find them.