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    Start8 - Bringing back the Windows "Start" menu

    Stardock have just released Start8 for Windows 8.

    A few days after Microsoft launched the Consumer Preview build of Windows 8, developer Stardock launched the first beta of Start8, which aimed to give a version of the familiar Start menu to Windows 8 Metro owners. Today, Stardock has released a new and free beta of Start8 that adds quite a few new features.

    While previous versions of the Start8 beta only put in a start button that opened up the "Modern" user interface for Windows 8, this new version has a number of new features, including:

    Windows 7 style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
    Users can search for Windows 8-style (Metro) apps with it
    Users can pin Metro apps to it
    Full support for Jump Lists
    Unified Search
    Automatically matches color to the color of the taskbar
    Start button is now skinnable
    Users can boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
    Optionally disable the desktop “hot spots”.
    Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
    Supports WindowFX 5.1 startmenu animations (currently in beta)
    The Windows 8 Start screen becomes accessible from the Start menu
    Start menu size fully configurable
    Adds option for WinKey to show fullscreen Metro desktop.
    Source - Neowin.net

    I've just installed it on to my home PC running Windows 8 and it runs very nicely. It's still in beta, so I'm hoping the finished product includes further customisation like the ability to not highlight newly installed programs and customise the number of items in the Start Menu, but so far, it's looking very promising indeed!

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    Try using the start screen for a while. It's actually pretty decent when you get used to the change.

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    I'm running it at home as well.

    The developers have said that the final version will be FOC from the website, which is an added bonus!

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    There's also classic shell as well - which a few of use here are running

    Welcome to Classic Shell

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    The developers have said that the final version will be FOC from the website, which is an added bonus!
    Based on their EULA, Start8 will only be free for personal non-commercial usage. Schools and businesses would have to pay.

    Important: Read this before using your copy of Stardock Corporation's Start8.

    End User License Agreement

    This user license agreement (the AGREEMENT) is an agreement between you (individual or single entity) and Stardock Corporation for the Start8 program (the SOFTWARE) that is accompanying this AGREEMENT.

    The SOFTWARE is the property of Stardock Corporation and is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties. The SOFTWARE is not sold, it is licensed.

    LICENSED VERSION The LICENSED VERSION means a Registered Version (using your personal serial/registration number) or an original fully working version of the SOFTWARE. If you accept the terms and conditions of this AGREEMENT, you have certain rights and obligations as follow:

    YOU MAY:
    1. Install and use one copy of the SOFTWARE on a single computer.
    2. Install a second copy of the SOFTWARE on a second computer only if you are the main user of this computer (home computer or laptop for example).
    3. Install the SOFTWARE on another computer only if you change your main workstation. In such a case you must uninstall the software from the old computer.
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    5. Make a copy of the SOFTWARE for archival purposes only.

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    Will anyone still be able to download and/or purchase the final version of Start8 when it is officially launched?
    Oh yea. Start8 is going to be freeware still for non-commercial use.
    from: Interview: Stardock's CEO gives an update on Start8 - Neowin

    I can understand them wanting to keep control of the software, via licensing, incase it proves popular with OEMs (as their ObjectDock proved popular with Dell).

    As the software is still in Beta, it's a little soon to be quoting the EULA, which may well change with the final product...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trapper View Post
    Try using the start screen for a while. It's actually pretty decent when you get used to the change.
    Yeah, I got quite used to it too. But the Start Menu is nice and I was just pointing out Start8 for those who might want it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    There's also classic shell as well - which a few of use here are running

    Welcome to Classic Shell
    Yeah, I saw this one, but I think Start8 is a lot more elegant

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    As the software is still in Beta, it's a little soon to be quoting the EULA, which may well change with the final product...
    While true, I doubt StarDock would let businesses use Start8 for free (even the final version). Not when there's easy $$$ to be made!

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    I still don't understand why Windows won't give us the option if we still want a start menu. I mean why do they care so much how we operate from our desktop?

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    Just turned my PC on, to find that my start8 has "expired".

    Looking at the website, they've switched to charging for the beta, on 2 levels, with a free, time-limited trial.

    Uninstalling and switching to ClassicShell as I type this!

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    its $5

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    Uninstalling and switching to ClassicShell as I type this!
    ClassicShell looks horrible compared to Start8 though. It's like going back to Windows 95!!!

    Also, $4.99 (£3.73) isn't much money for something you would use multiple times every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    ClassicShell looks horrible compared to Start8 though. It's like going back to Windows 95!!!

    Also, $4.99 (£3.73) isn't much money for something you would use multiple times every day.
    Ill be buying it when my 30 days is up for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    its $5
    I don't mind paying for finished software, but I -do- object to paying for beta software. After all, without beta testers input, would any problems in the software be highlighted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    I don't mind paying for finished software, but I -do- object to paying for beta software. After all, without beta testers input, would any problems in the software be highlighted?
    The license will be carried over to the final version. So you aren't paying for just the beta.

    I'm a little disappointed that Brad Wardell backtracked on his statement that it'll be freeware for non commercial usage, however, I guess they need to find the money from somewhere to pay for the sexual harassment lawsuit!



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