How to Enable Classic Start Menu Windows 8.1

Windows start menu was clearly the most controversial. The classic start menu has been completely ripped out of Windows 8.1. Microsoft wanted to make sure the Start screen was the only native option users had, and it accomplished that goal. Thousands of PC fans would argue that the Start menu offers a more compact, concise, customize listing of programs and files.

In Windows 7, if you tapped the Windows key repeatedly, the start menu 8.1 would simply open and close repeatedly. But in Windows 8.1, tapping this key repeatedly will toggle between the current Metro-style app and the Start screen.

There are free or cheap programs are available to restore the Start menu to its rightful place at the desktop, bearing names, like StartIsBack, Start8, Power8, Pokki, StartW8, and Classic Shell. Before you using these programs to disabling the Start Screen experience and adding a Start Menu, It’s important for you to understand that these are just temporary fixes for the real problem.


If you want a Windows 8.1 Start menu replacement that looks exactly like Windows 7. StartIsBack is a tiny application that gives you the possibility of assigning the classical start button and Start menu to Windows 8.1. StartIsBack is fully lightweight zero-privileges program, cheap and fair, fast, stable. It is pretty responsive to key strokes and mouse commands.



Pokki is a free program that provides users with a button that copies many of the old features of the Windows Start Menu. Pokki start menu also gives you hundreds of free desktop apps and games in it’s app store that you can download and install on your computer and will then be automatically pined to the task bar for easy access and convenience. You can also add widgets to Pokki, such as Gmail or Facebook, which display your latest email or status updates.


Classic Shell

Classic Shell is a powerful application that gives you access to tons of customization options for your operating system. Customizable start menu with multiple style and skins. Classic Shell was developed originally as a Vista enhancement and comes to its full and feature-rich fruition as a Windows 8 Start menu app.

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