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How to Recapture the Start Menu in Windows 8.1

You can choose to use a third-party utility that adds a Start menu to Windows 8.1. If you’re running Windows 8.1 and you miss the good ol’ classic Start menu, you’re not stuck. You can recapture the goodness of the traditional Windows 7 Start menu through a Start menu program. Such software as Classic Shell, Pokki’s Windows 8 Start Menu, Start 8, and Start Menu X bring back or approximate the look and feel of the classic Windows Start menu. And they offer other advantages. You can typically customize the Start menu in these programs to alter their layout and appearance. And you can usually create, move, and delete folders and shortcuts to organize and manage your Start menu. Let’s see how you can use and tweak these programs to evoke the traditional Start menu. Classic Shell Created by developer Ivaylo Beltchev, this free Start menu replacement is one of my personal favorites. After you install the software in Windows 8.1, click on the Start button. The program asks you what type of Start menu you want to see. Choose your option, such as the classic Windows 7 style with the familiar two column layout. In the left column, you can … Read More »