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 recently added apps at the top of the list and installed apps below it. 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 years to make it better and easier-to-use. For instance, the power button (shut down button) would appear at the top-right of the Start menu earlier 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 is 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.
A bunch of third-party programs has been released to get the Windows 7-style Start menu in Windows 10. Classic Shell (free), StartIsBack++ and Start10 are the three major Start menu alternatives. In this guide, we will see how good the Start10 is and what if offers.
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 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 the Start button. The default color of the 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 the user picture.
Just like any other third-party Start menu software out there, Start10 also includes a 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 to 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. The Start10 program now offers a new light Start menu skin to support the light theme added to Windows 10.
Overall, Start10 is a good program for those who find it difficult to use the built-in Start menu. And if you prefer using a free program instead, go for the popular Classic Shell program.
Note that you need to provide a valid email address in order to download the trial copy of Start10.