Where did my start menu go in Windows 8?
Its quite a known fact that Microsoft has removed the start menu in Windows 8 and will continue to dissuade any and all possible workarounds as momentum for metro picks up. After some lengthy testing, I honestly suspect new Windows 8 users are going to have a difficult time navigating the UI without the crutch known as the “start menu”.
In all honesty, I’m going to miss the start menu in Windows 8! I have spent several months testing the various windows 8 builds and I’ve gotten tired of hitting the “windows + r” keys to bring up the run prompt. And as a result, I figured now would be a good time to write an application that will run under the users context and display “all” available menu items where a simple click of the mouse will launch the desired app. No need to Pin the application to Metro unless you want to . The look and feel is just like the old school menus and the functionality is all there as expected. And there is no need to mess around with registry keys and such. Simply double click the application or pin it to Metro should you please [right-click on W8SM.exe and select “pin to start”]
Information: Please note, this application was designed in Visual Studio 12 to operate on Windows 8 but will work on any OS with the .NET framework 4.5. The source code and installer are both available via our SourceForge page. Please also note, if you are looking for any specific feature adds or code changes please let us know. If its legit, we will gladly add to the next release. If you have an interest in further building out the W8 Start Menu application. Click here to visit our SourceForge site and download the application/code.
Features recently added:
- [feature] quickly minimize start menu
- [feature] quickly resize start menu to is original size
- [feature] access the run prompt with one click