One of the most controversial things about Windows 8 is the absence of something that we were able – believe it or not – to live without prior to Windows 95: The “Start” Button.  You know, that little thingy in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. Though it has been maligned because you have to click “Start” to stop (shut down) your PC, most of us have come to rely upon it in the 17 years since Windows 95 came on the scene. Now, because Microsoft is re-imagining the desktop and the way you interact with your machine, “Start” has been relegated to things of the past.

There are plenty of tools – free and otherwise – to make your Windows XP, Vista, or 7 desktop look and act like most anything you’d want. If I had started this blog before the Consumer Preview of  Windows 8 was released, I would have immediately told my faithful followers not to fret; there would be plenty of third-party apps available to make Window 8 look like home.

Well, my famous non-prediction has already begun to come to pass. Stardock Corp. has released a new gizmo named Start8 that enables you to have your cake and eat it too. What’s more, Start8 is absolutely free! Stardock produces games as well as a range of tools to customise your Windows PC. Their offerings are well worth a look.


Disclaimer: The author of this blog is not an employee of Stardock nor does he receive any sort of compensation from Stardock Corp. He does, however, use a number of Stardock’s customisation tools and finds them quite handy,

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