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Get the Start button back in Windows 8.1

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by No Comments

Windows 8.1 has some great new features, but a core Microsoft one is still missing: the Start button. With users having already complained about it Windows 8 launched, you would be correct in assuming that Microsoft might have rethought abandoning the Start button and brought it back with Windows 8.1. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to combine the best of both worlds, thanks to a couple of nifty apps:

Classic Shell:

Classic Shell offers a very simple solution to getting the Start button back. All you need to do is install it and let it run, with nothing more than that required. If you’d like to take it even further, Classic Shell even gives you the option to customize the look of the menu, and even goes as far as adjusting the appearance of Windows Explorer windows.

Start Menu Reviver 2:

This app combines the look of the original Start Menu with the style of Windows 8. You still get the Start button, but you also get a two-column layout, one column containing recently accessed programs and the other containing the actual list of programs.

Whichever app you choose, you’ll be that much closer to getting the look you know and love – and all combined with Windows 8.1, too.