Making Windows 8 Easier to Use

August 23, 2013

If you have Windows 8 on your computer, you may be a little frustrated with the big differences.

Some of the differences include:

  • No start button.
  • When you first boot up the computer, it goes into the start menu instead of the desktop.
  • Start menu is a bunch of colored tiles instead of the more traditional pop-up start menu.
  • If your mouse pointer gets near a corner or edge of the screen, menus slide out from the edge of the screen getting in your way.
  • And more!

Thankfully, StarDock Corporation has an answer for you. It’s called Start8. It’s a small program that you can download and install that transforms your Windows 8 computer into a computer that is very much like Windows 7. It does this by doing the following:

  • It puts a start button back on the task bar. The start button looks like the Windows logo flag.
  • When your computer boots up, it goes into the desktop instead of the start menu.
  • The start menu is now much more like Windows 7. You can still access the Windows 8 start menu if you want to.
  • It has options to turn off all of those annoying slide-out menus and hot corners.

Start8 is only $5. The only way it could be better would be if it were free. You can download and install a free 30 day trial to see how you like it before you buy it. If you have Windows 8, we strongly recommend that you give Start8 a try. To get it, go to stardock.com.

You may be aware that Microsoft is releasing an update to Windows 8 on October 16th, 2013 called Windows 8.1 that brings the start button back. It’s true. Windows 8.1 does put the start button back. And what do you know, it looks just like the start button that Start8 uses. But in terms of usability, that’s about the only improvement Windows 8.1 provides. When you click the new start button, you still get the Windows 8 start menu with all of the colored tiles. And you still have all of the slide-out menus and hot corners to deal with.

We recommend that computers with Windows 8.1 have Start8 installed.

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