The absence of a proper Start menu is one of the reasons why Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 didn’t do well in the market. Based on the feedback received by millions of Windows users, Microsoft has brought back the Start menu with Windows 10.
The left-side of the Start menu in Windows 10 shows most used apps, recently installed programs, Settings and File Explorer shortcuts. The right-side of the Start menu is very identical to the Start screen that we have seen in Windows 8/8.1. In short, Windows 10’s Start menu includes the best of Windows 7’s Start menu as well as Windows 8/8.1’s Start screen.
The Windows 10’s Start menu that we see today has been reworked a number of times over the last few months to make it better and easier-to-use. For instance, the power button (shut down button) would appear at top-right of the Start menu but the same has been moved to the bottom-left of the Start menu after receiving feedback from Windows Insider program users.
A large section of PC users who have been using Windows 10 ever since the first official release are happy with the new Start menu. That said, there are many users who still feel that the classic Windows 7-style menu is better than the one in Windows 10.
Start10 for Windows 10
Those of you who prefer having a Windows 7-style Start menu in Windows 10 can go for third-party programs like Start10.
Start10 is one of the many alternatives available for Windows 10. While it’s not free, the program is ideal for users who don’t mind buying a software to get the best possible Windows 7-style Start menu experience in Windows 10.
Upon installing the Start10, you’ll see the configuration window where you can change the default settings of Start10. As you can see in the picture, you can either keep the default Start button or use your own custom picture as Start button. The default color of Windows 7-style Start menu offered by Start10 can be changed to a color of your choice.
There are options to use small icons in the Start menu, show or hide recently used applications and newly installed applications, and show or hide user picture.
Just like any other third-party Start menu software out there, Start10 also includes shortcut to the original Windows 10 Start menu. That is, while using Start10, you can have access to the original Windows 10 Start menu as well.
With default settings, when you click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on the keyboard, the Start10 (Windows 7 Start menu) appears. If you like using both, you can configure Start 10 to appear only when you press the Windows logo key and not when you click the Start menu or vice versa.
Finally, Start10 allows you launch modern or Windows apps right from its search box. To change default settings, right-click on the Start button and then click Configure Start10 to open the Configuration window.
Overall, Start10 is a good program for those who find it difficult to use the new Start menu. And if you prefer using a free program instead, go for the popular Classic Shell program.
The final version of Start10 is expected to be released on July 29th and users who are currently using Start8 program from Stardock will be able to upgrade to Start10 buy paying a small upgrade fee. Note that you need to provide a valid email address in order to download the trial copy of Start10.