How to Update and Configure Start8

September 26, 2013

Start8 is a program that makes Windows 8 more like Windows 7 thus making it easier to use for those of us who are used to versions of Windows prior to Windows 8. It not only brings back the start button, but it changes the start menu back to a Windows 7 like Start Menu. It also can be configured to disable some of the annoying features of Windows 8.

Start8 will automatically check for updates once a week. If Start8 tells you that there is an update, we recommend that you go ahead and install it. However, you will have to reboot after the update, so if you are in the middle of something, you may wish to wait and not perform the update at that time. If that’s the case, you can either wait a week until it asks you again, or follow the instructions below on how to update it.

Also below are instructions on how we recommend that you configure Start8. If Cyber Tek Computer Pros installed Start8 for you, we have already configured it for you.

To See What Version You Have and to Update Start8:

  1. Right-click on the start button and choose “Configure Start8”
  2. When Start8 comes up, click on “About” in the left column.
  3. In the main part of the window, it will tell you what version you have.
  4. To update, click on the button that says, “Check for Update” and follow the instructions.
  5. You will have to reboot once the update is complete, so make sure you save your work.

To configure Start8:

  1. Right-click on the start button and choose “Configure Start8”
  2. When Start8 comes up, click on “Desktop” in the left column.
  3. On the right side in the section entitled “How should the new Windows 8 features work”, click to put a check-mark next to the following options:
    1. Disable all Windows 8 corners when at the desktop
    2. Hide Modern UI applications from the Windows 7 style menu
  4. Now click the Advanced button in the lower right-hand corner.
  5. Click to put a check-mark next to “Switch to desktop after closing modern UI application”

There are other options in Start8 for customizing how it looks and how it acts. You can experiment with them if you wish.



One Response to “How to Update and Configure Start8”

  1. […] In order to continue using Start8 when Windows 8.1 comes out, you are going to have to make sure you have the latest version of Start8 because the older versions won’t work correctly with Windows 8.1. As of right now, the latest version of Start8 is 1.20. Click here to see our article on updating and Configuring Start8. […]

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