How to put the Start button back in Windows 8 February 8th, 2013
There are a number of utilities, some free and some not, that attempt to make the Windows 8 Desktop mode look and function more like Windows 7 by adding a “Start” button back in the Task Bar.
This is a review of 7 utilities and which perform the best. No special effort was made to read any user’s guides or other documentation as I wanted to see how intuitive it was to use each of these utilities, therefor it is possible I may have missed some of the feature that were less obvious.
Free but not the most faithful reproduction of the Windows 7 Start button features. Most obvious is the ‘Search’ box location it’s now in the upper right corner of an expanded (takes up more desktop space) column.
Right clicking on ‘Computer’ in Windows 7 listed a number of choices; ‘Pictures’, Documents’, ‘Manage’, ‘Properties’ all of which are useful. Picture and Documents are now on the left column. All Programs is now called ‘All Apps’ and is at the top of the start button menu. Click on ‘Admin tools’ opens up a Window similar to Window 7.
Right click on the Pokki icon that represents the ‘Start’ button and you can customize how Pokki performs. One nice feature is the ability to boot straight to the Desktop (‘Boot to desktop’ option).
Some things are missing; for example click All Apps/System Tools/System Restore is not in the list. You need to use the Control Panel to find System Restore.