StartFinity Pro: 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!
After you have downloaded and installed StartFinity Pro 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:
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, This PC, and so on:
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:
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:
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 Settings command. (This command appears when you right-click the Start button.)
You can use this window to hide the items you don't use, as well as change the way each item is displayed: as a link, or as a menu. For example, if you select the Display as a link option for to the This PC item, then clicking on the This PC item will open the This PC folder in a separate window. However, if you select the Display as a menu option, then clicking on (or even just pausing the mouse over) the This PC item on the Start Menu will show the contents of the This PC folder as a menu:
Of course, you can still open the Computer folder in a window, as before: all you need to do is right-click on the This PC item and choose Open from the shortcut menu:
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:
Does it show the programs I use frequently?
Yes, StartFinity Pro keeps track of the programs you launch from the Start Menu, and displays the list of the most frequently used ones on the left:
In addition to programs, there is also the Recent Items button on the Start menu that displays the documents you opened recently via the Start Menu. This way, you don't need to spend a lot of time navigating to the documents or programs you use most often.
What about the Shut Down button?
It's there, too! You can sign off, sleep, restart, or shutdown, it's all there for you:
Does it support languages other than English?
Yes, it does! StartFinity Pro automatically detects and displays the commands and the folders in the primary language that your computer uses. For example, if the primary language is Ukrainian, the StartFinity Start menu looks like this:
Can I change the size of the items on Start Menu?
Yes, you can select either small or large size. You can control the size by right-clicking the Start button and choosing Settings 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!
I don't like the blue color, can I get a different button?
Yes: right-click on the Start button and choose the color of the button that better matches your preferences:
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 altogether. 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, your tablet does not support the desktop mode, then no, StartFinity won't help, sorry.
What about the upgrades and bug fixes?
If you purchase StartFinity Pro from us, you get all bug fixes, updates, and upgrades free of charge for one year after the purchase.
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.
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.