How to get the start button on Windows 8

by Ruchira on April 24, 2013

Yesterday TheVerge reported that upcoming Windows Blue 8.1 is going to bring back the start button which Windows 8 is currently missing. This is great news for most of people who use Windows 8 and don’t own a touch screen computer. Personally when I was trying Windows 8 it quickly started to annoy me because now things I used to do in few clicks like shutting down the computer from start menu now takes extra time wasting steps.

And the funny but unfortunate thing is that I have upgraded 2 laptops of my non tech savvy neighbors to Windows 8 and when they took the laptop’s home, they came back shortly because they couldn’t figure out how to shutdown their computers before closing the lid.   I know its annoying to use Windows 8 sometimes because its missing the start menu we have used for years on Windows platform. Maybe Microsoft will address this issue on Windows 8 giving Windows users the good ol’ start menu back.


But for now, there are some work arounds to get Start Menu back on Windows 8. There are commercial software’s such as pokki and Stardock. But everyone is not going to pay for a start menu right? :)

Classic Shell  is a free and does exactly what you need. It was originally designed back in Windows Vista days to ease the burden of Vista’s start menu but recent updates made it compatible with Windows 8 . The feature list on the main web site is listed as,

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer


ClassicShell is free to download over at


I'm Ruchira Sahan and all posts on this blog are completely my thoughts and writings. I love DIY and Technology. So feel free to contact me for anything about this blog and don't forget to add a comment if this blog helped you! Thanks
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