StartFinity: the missing Start Menu for Windows 8/8.1

When we installed Windows 8 in our office, the first thing we noticed was the absence of the familiar Start button in the lower-left corner of the desktop. Our reaction was like, "Did Microsoft forget something, or what?" After spending the better part of the previous two decades getting used to the Start button and the Start Menu, it felt like a significant part of our body was missing. We tried to get used to the new Start screen interface of Windows 8, then tried again, and finally decided to do something about it and created StartFinity, the Start Menu software for Windows 8 desktop!

$7.95 per computer (or less!)

After you download and install StartFinity on your Windows 8 or 8.1 computer, your desktop gets a new Start button, located usually in the lower-left corner of the screen:

StartFinity Start button for Windows 8.
StartFinity Start button (click to enlarge)

Click the new Start button, and the Start Menu will appear, offering you a quick access to the familiar places such as Documents, Pictures, Music, Computer, and so on:

Clicking the Start button brings up the Start Menu.
StartFinity Start Menu (click to enlarge)

What about Windows 8.1, doesn't it come with its own Start menu?

No, Windows 8.1 comes with a Start Button, but no Start Menu. (Well, there is a very limited menu displayed when you right-click on the built-in Start button of Windows 8.1, but it's not the Start menu that you used to.) StartFinity adds a real Start Menu to Windows 8.1.

Will I lose the original Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen?

No, of course not! The Start Screen is still there, and you can switch to it at any time by clicking the Start Screen command at the very top of the new Start Menu, and get immediate access to all its colored boxes and stuff. (Previously, you had to move the mouse to the very lower-left corner of the desktop to be able to switch to the Start screen.)

Does the new Start Menu give me quick access to Control Panel ?

Yes, it does, and you can choose how to display the Control Panel items: as usual in a window, or as a list right next to the Start Menu itself:

StartFinity Start Menu can display Control Panel as a list.
StartFinity Start Menu gives access to Control Panel (click to enlarge)

Does the new Start Menu let me run programs installed on my computer?

Of course it does! Just like the original Start Menu from the previous versions of Windows, the StartFinity Start Menu contains the Programs menu that you can use to launch the programs:

StartFinity Start Menu contains the Programs menu.
The Program menu of the StartFinity Start Menu (click to enlarge)

Can I remove from Start Menu some of the items that I don't use?

Yes: you can choose which items should or should not appear on Start Menu using the Customize Start Menu command. (This command appears when you right-click the Start button.)

StartFinity Start Menu for Windows 8 is customizable
Customizing the Start Menu (click to enlarge)

Note that some of the items have the Display as menu option next to them; you can use such options to select which items should open a menu rather than the folder they represent. For example, if you clear the Display as menu option for to the Computer item, then clicking on the Computer item will open the Computer folder in a separate window. However, if you check the Display as menu box, then clicking on (or even just pausing the mouse over) the Computer item on the Start Menu will show the contents of the Computer folder as a menu:

StartFinity Start Menu lets you browse the Computer folder without opening a separate window.
You can browse the Computer folder right from the Start Menu (click to enlarge)

Of course, you can still open the Computer folder in a window, as before: all you need to do is right-click on the Computer item and choose Open from the shortcut menu:

StartFinity Start Menu supports the standard right-click menu.
StartFinity Start Menu supports the standard right-click menu, too. (click to enlarge)

Does it come with a search box to quickly find programs to launch?

Yes, StartFinity Start Menu comes with its own search box, where you can type a few letters of the name of the program you are looking for and it will display the matching results right there for you:

The Search box on StartFinity Start Menu for Windows 8.
The Search box (click to enlarge)

What about the Shut Down button?

It's there, too! You can choose to log off, or sleep, restart, or shutdown, it's all there for you:

StartFinity Start Menu to Windows 8 comes with a shutdown menu.
The Shut Down menu (click to enlarge)

Does it support languages other than English?

Yes, it does! It automatically detects and displays the commands and the folders in the primary language that your computer uses. For example, if the primary language is Russian, the StartFinity Start menu looks like this:

StartFinity Start Menu for Windows 8 automatically uses the primary language
StartFinity Start Menu in Russian language (click to enlarge)

Can I change the size of the items on Start Menu?

Yes, you can select either small or large size. The images on this page show the Start Menu when the small size is selected. The large size makes it appear about twice as big. You can control the size by right-clicking the Start button and choosing Options from the menu.

Can I use the Windows key to bring up the Start Menu?

Yes, that's another option available: you can choose the Windows key to either activate the Start Menu, or to switch to the Start Screen (as it does by default). The choice is yours!

What else can it do?

Another option that StartFinity offers is to automatically switch to the desktop mode after you sign in to Windows 8, bypassing the "colored boxes" Start Screen at all. This way, if you really don't like the Windows 8 Start Screen, you will only see it for a couple of seconds at most. Of course, if you change your mind, you can turn this option off any time!

Can I use StartFinity to replace the start menu on my Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer?

No, sorry, StartFinity is for Windows 8/8.1 only. (It can also be used with a Windows Server 2012 in the GUI mode.) It cannot be installed on any earlier version of Windows.

Can I use StartFinity on my Windows 8 tablet?

If your tablet supports the desktop mode, then yes, you should be able to install and use StartFinity. If, however, you tablet does not support the desktop mode, then no, StartFinity won't help, sorry.

What about the upgrades and bug fixes?

You get all future bug fixes, updates, and upgrades free of charge. All of them are included in the price!

Can I see the End User License Agreement for this software, please?

Definitely: StartFinity End User License Agreement.

OK, how do I get this software on my Windows 8 or 8.1 computer?

First, purchase a license. After we've received your payment, we will send you the download link, your personal license key, as well as the complete instructions by email.

$7.95 per computer (or less!)

or download StartFinity Starter Edition for free

P.S. If something does not work as you expected, or if you don't like it for any reason at all, just send us your refund request and we will refund your full payment, no questions asked.