StartW8 - Windows Start Menu replacement for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Server 2012

StartW8 is a FREE but powerful tool for Windows 8 users. Do you prefer desktop to modernUI? Would you like to logon directly to desktop? And than use Start menu for runnig your apps? Then it's right for you. Get Start menu back in Windows 8!

Start menu had been an essential feature of Microsoft Windows for almost two decades, used by countless users all over the world. But Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are shipped without it.

Just like you, we refused to accept this situation, which is why we decided to make Start menu of our own. We put it back to Windows and we even added a few new features. We call it StartW8 and now you can use it too. It's free, quick & easy. StartW8 is the Start Menu Replacement for Windows 8, which replace missing Start button in Windows 8 for you.

StartW8 allows users to access their apps and folders with greater ease as it adds a fully-functional Start Menu to their Windows 8 computer/notebook. Users can also easily search a specific file or program by entering a relevant keyword, or they can simply shut down their PC, reboot or switch users.

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Terms of use

System requirements:
32bit or 64bit version of Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 8 Pro, or Windows Server 2012.
Local admin rights needed for aplication installation through MSI install package.

The application is free of charge and you can use it for both personal and business purposes.


StartW8 is Windows 8 Compatible app StartW8 is Certified for Windows Server 2012 app

Multi-Language Support

StartW8 has multilanguage support. Thanks to initiative and willingness of StartW8 users are in current StartW8 version ( included these languages: English, Czech, ChineseSimplified, ChineseTraditional, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Argentine Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Japanese, Lithunian, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish. Also other StartW8 translations would be most welcome and appreciated. If you'd like to participate and help with translations, please contact us through this Contact form, and let us know your choice of language. We will contact you and provide you language resource file.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation & time.

New language library was compiled and now is available for beta testing:

Serbian language library

Big thanks to all involved for all your help and support.


StartW8 is completely free of charge. But if you enjoy using this tool, you can consider making a financial contribution. By donating, you will help us to produce new features and updates in future. Feel free to request new functionality with your donation. We will sincerely attempt at honoring requests made this way; however we cannot guarantee that all recommendations can or will be implemented.


Thank you in advance for your support. SODATSW team.

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