Start menus for Windows

The best third-party Start menus for Windows Windows Start menus

Here are the best third-party Start menus for Windows. If you miss the Windows 7 style Start Menu in Windows 10, try one of these. You can easily show or revert back to the Windows 10 menu. Click the images to see larger ones.


For Windows 10. StartIsBack ++ is great for those who miss the Windows 7 Start menu.
It comes with 4 visual styles: Windows 10, Windows 7, Plain8 + Windows 10 button, and Plain10 menu + Windows 10 taskbar + Windows 10 button.

I find that StartIsBack ++ plays more nicely with Windows 10 than it did before. It's good to see that development is continuing, and the StartIsBack ++ website has had a bit of a refresh.

However, I'm curious why they don't have an encrypted connection to their website, especially if you are paying with a credit card.

This is a decent Start Menu for Windows. You can try it for free for 30 days with no limitations. If you choose to buy it, it will only cost you $2.99.

Classic Shell Start Menu for Windows

Classic Shell

For Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. One of the original free Start Menu alternatives, Classic Shell does it all. You can choose a menu style, change skins and customize icons and links.

Edit: Official development of Classic Shell has stopped. See my blog post: Classic Shell for Windows 10 goes open source.

Classic Shell Start Menu for Windows

Start Menu X

For Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Start Menu X is a customizable start menu which you can drag to resize. This menu makes it easy to find folders, files, and apps.

Start Menu X Start Menu for Windows

Start Menu 8

For Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10, Start Menu 8 gives you a clean and classic Start menu look. There are 3 main menu style options, plenty of customization options including transparency, and it's free.

Start Menu 8 Start Menu for Windows


For Windows XP, 7 and 8. Pokki is a little bit different in that it offers a modern style menu but has access to hundreds of free apps.

Pokki Start Menu for Windows


For Windows 10. With fully customizable backgrounds, textures and taskbar, Start 10 offers Windows 7, Modern, and Windows 10 style Start menus. There's a 30-day free trial and it's only $4.99 for the full version.

Start10 Start Menu for Windows


For Windows 8. StartW8 hasn't been updated since December 2014, but it works with Windows 8.

StartW8 Start Menu for Windows


The Windows 10 Start menu is fine for me, but if you pine for the past, you can install these Windows Start menus (I recommend one at a time) knowing that if you don't like them, you can simply uninstall them and the Windows 10 Start Menu will appear and work normally.

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