Windows 8 users who can’t live without the Start menu have quite a few programs to choose from. One can take the help of ViStart, Classic Shell, mStart, or Start8 program to get back the old Start menu without loosing the Metro features.
Users who are looking for a Start menu program that doesn’t patch system files and add entries in the Windows Registry should check out Power8 program.
Power8 is a small utility that aims to bring Start menu to Windows 8 and does the job pretty well. Unlike, other Start menu programs, this transparent Start menu doesn’t add an orb to the taskbar. Instead, when running, you will see a small button (similar to the Aero peek button in the Windows 7 taskbar) on the extreme left of the taskbar.
Clicking on the small button opens the Start menu and one can always switch to the Metro Start screen by pressing the Windows logo key on the keyboard.
All shut down options such as shutdown, hibernate, restart, lock, sleep, log off, and switch user options are located on the right-hand side of the Start menu. The Start menu includes a search box to quickly search for installed programs and a Run command shortcut to launch various system tools. One can easily access all administrative and network tools by clicking respective buttons.
Besides, an option is present to quickly block Metro features. This option can be enabled by right-clicking on the Power8 button and then clicking Block Metro feature option. When enabled, the charms bar doesn’t appear when you move the mouse pointer to the upper or lower right corner of the screen. However, you can access the same by pressing Windows + C keys. Additionally, it also disables the Start screen preview button that appears when you move the mouse pointer to lower-left corner of the screen.
Favourite programs can be pinned to the Start menu. Right-clicking on a program shortcut shows Run as administrator, Open location, and Properties options.
To quit the program, right-click on the Power8 button and click exit button. Power8 is compatible with both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8 and should work fine on previous Windows versions as well. Power8 is a standalone software and one can launch the same without installing it. Visit the developer’s page to download and install the newest version of the program.