It’s been a couple of months since Windows 10 Preview build is available to public. As expected, Microsoft has brought back the much wanted Start menu to Windows 10.
As you know, Windows 10 includes a Start menu but it’s not the same Start menu that we have seen in Windows 7.
The Start menu in Windows 10 is a combination of good old Start menu and beautiful Start screen of Windows 8/8.1. Those of you have seen the leaked images would know that the left-side of the Start menu in Windows 10 sports the traditional look of the old Start menu and the right-side includes app tiles that can be customized by adding or removing tiles.
If you’re on Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7 but can’t wait for the release of Windows 10 to experience the new Start menu, then you will be happy to know that you can get the Windows 10 Start menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 right now. All you need is the free ViStart program and Windows 10 Start menu skin for ViStart program.
PeterRollar at DeviantArt gallery has released a free Windows 10 Start screen skin for ViStart program, making it easier for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users get the look and functionality of Windows 10 Start menu in its predecessors. Check the following video to see the skin in action.
Here is how you can get Windows 10 Start menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
Windows 10 Start menu for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
Step 1: If you haven’t installed already, please visit this page and download ViStart program. It’s a free Start menu program for Windows.
Step 2: Run the downloaded setup and carefully follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of ViStart without installing adware. Yes, the setup offers you install a couple of junk programs but clicking the decline button when you see the license agreement for the junk program will install ViStart without the junkware.
Step 3: Once ViStart is installed, head over to this page of DeviantArt and download Windows 10 Start menu skin for ViStart.
Step 4: Extract the contents of downloaded RAR file to the Skins folder of ViStart. You can extract the RAR file online as well.
Step 5: Right-click on the Start orb (ViStart orb) and then click Options to open ViStart Control Panel.
Step 6: Here, on the left-pane, click Style. On the right-side, under “Which start menu would you like”, please click on the install button to select the Windows 10 Start menu skin that you have placed in Step 4. That’s it!
Credit for the video and images goes to PeterRoller.