Windows 10 comes with a pretty awesome Start menu, one that has been absent in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. But if you still remained true to Windows 7, here’s a tool that will help you bring it back to the newest Windows version.
The Start menu feature in Windows 10 is pretty complete, having a lot of options that both desktop and touch users might find useful. However, each has its own taste and sometimes that doesn’t mean having to like everything new that comes out of Redmond.
Start10 lets you use the Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10
Stardock has developed the Start10 tool which bring a Windows 7-style menu to your Windows 10 machine. The 30-day trial version of the software brings you the following:
- Pin desktop and Modern apps to the Start menu
- Jump list support
- Unified search for apps, settings and files
- Automatically matches the color of your taskbar
- Skinnable Start button
- Choose the default behavior of the Start menu power button
If you choose to go premium, this will set you back $5, and you get all the same features, but obviously for more than just a month. Furthermore, Start10 can also display the menu in a Modern or Windows 10 style, if you choose so.
You can set a a custom Start button, apply textures to the menu and taskbar, set icon and tile sizes, transparency, and much more. What’s particularly nice is that you can still make use of Cortana whenever you want. The latest version of the tool also added light theme support.
And if you feel like you want to switch to Windows 10‘s default start menu, you can easily do so by pressing the right Windows key or Ctrl+clicking the Start button. If you want to filter searches in the Start menu, restores the quick links and the “All Programs” UI, this is the right tool for you. If you recently upgraded to Windows 10, Start10 helps you to make the transition smoother.
Are you curious to give it a try? Leave your comment below and let us know.
- If you want to manage your programs on startup, see Best tools to manage startup items.
- If you don’t know how to turn on Jump Lists on your PC, see How to Enable Jump Lists in the Start Menu on Windows 10.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.