Have you tried out Windows 8 yet? Scheduled to be released to the general public on October 26, 2012, Windows 8 is the next major release of Microsoft’s desktop operating system. The most notable change from Windows 7 is the new touch-optimized user interface (Metro/Modern UI). This interface completely replaces the famous Start Menu that has been a key component of the operating system since Windows 95.
Many users, particularly those not using touch screens, will not be happy with this change. Unfortunately, Microsoft appears to be forcing all users, regardless of whether or not they’re using a touch screen, to use the new Modern UI.
Fortunately, a free app called Start8 from Stardock brings the Start button and menu back to Windows 8. It basically loads a non-fullscreen version of the Modern UI.
Right clicking the Start button allows you to easily shutdown and change some options, including the size of the Start menu. These options also determine whether or not the Modern UI is loaded in fullscreen at all (via the Windows Key and Charms bar).
A bonus feature of Start8 is the ability to login directly to the desktop, rather than the start screen (Modern UI), something that Microsoft says was done intentionally.
Have a different method to bring the start menu back? What are your overall thoughts about Windows 8? Share with us in the comments.