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iObit Start Menu 8 Pro 4.2 Giveaway
$22.95
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Giveaway of the day — iObit Start Menu 8 Pro 4.2

Returns the classic Start Menu for Win 8/ 10 Users.
$22.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 33 (47%) 37 (53%) 48 comments

iObit Start Menu 8 Pro 4.2 was available as a giveaway on March 31, 2018!

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$19.99
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After upgrading to Windows 8/10, users might find it difficult to get used to the new system where no start menu exists. Start Menu 8 can help users who are not willing to change their behaviors and bring back the classic start menu. Users can enjoy a familiar start menu again with just one click while other styles are also available. Start Menu 8 also offers an easy way to switch back to original style. What’s more, the background color of Start Menu changes along with desktop background.

  • Faster & Powerful File Search
  • Newly-released Start Menu 8 owns a more powerful search engine. With 20% faster search speed, it can provide search results in less time. Users can also easily find files needed with more accurate search results. Frequently or recently used files are also pinned to Start Menu for quick access.

  • Ad-free & Cleaner Start Menu
  • Advertisements may distract user attention while using a system start menu, sometimes even resulting in unwanted clicks. Start Menu 8 offers 100% clean and safe start menu to help users find apps and desired files without any disturbance.

  • Useful, Easy & Customized Settings
  • Users are able to customize settings via Start Menu 8. An assortment of icons has been collected for users to customize the Windows Start Button. Users are also able to save their own account picture, pin their favorite applications and manage the way programs are displayed in Start Menu. More advanced settings are there waiting to be discovered.

Please note: the license is provided for 1 year

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

iObit

Homepage:

https://www.iobit.com/en/iobitstartmenu8.php

File Size:

11.4 MB

Price:

$22.95

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#25

No way it can uninstal Avast ( similar to all the programmes I know )

Reply   |   Comment by Ernet  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Cool pay for something that is already free. Startisback++ been out since win 8. Just saying.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

IoBit is a third party company earning money by making corrections to a badly written OS by Microsoft.
Why not just pressure Microsoft to write OS properly in the first place?
People pay money to buy the software.
In this case, the market clearly proves that the OS has holes in it, that 3rd party companies want to patch up - for a fee.
1 year license is meaningless.
Imagine you have to pay $$$ each year so that the brakes on your new car can work properly. The automobile industry will be killed for that by consumers. But somehow they tolerate it in IT.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

ricohflex, errr you do pay each year so that everything continues to work properly on your new car it's called servicing at an authorised agent... if you fail to do so you invalidate the warranty and the car will fail to operate prematurely. In fact some modern cars will cease to operate normally if the servicing is not performed within programmed schedule and the service required countdown timer reset!

It is highly debatable if the windows operating system has lots of accidental bugs or designed in bugs for inteligence agency exploitation. The latter actually implies they are better programmers to design in concealed vulnerabilities that only have to be patched if they are leaked or discovered by security researchers and threatened to be made public.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

For whatever reason my original comment hasn't been published, as it got no votings at all, so here is a edited version of it, fingers crossed.

What to say, it's a ok program with decent amount of settings and customization.

Start Menu 8 v3 (3.1.0.3) was and is still free and available on various sites and supports up to Windows 10 but due to using Windows 8 only, i can't test full support for all the latest versions, so there might be issues on Windows 10. It looks exactly the same like v4, almost https://i.imgur.com/EGvYfyN.png

Other free alternatives like Start Menu 10 and Start Menu X get the job done aswell, as mentioned.

Reply   |   Comment by kui_  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

I went to check out Classic Shell since so many recommended it. This notice is on their website "As of December 2017, Classic Shell is no longer in active development" There's a link for further details.

It's still available and apparently still works, but won't be upgraded or patched. And one of the reasons they give for discontinuing it is the constant updates of Windows 10 breaking things in Classic Shell. So it may not keep working for much longer

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#20

Those of you who are promoting Classic Shell as an alternative to today's giveaway, need to read why development on it has stopped:

http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8147

His reason #2 is:

Windows 10 is being updated way too frequently (twice a year) and each new version changes something that breaks Classic Shell.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

It does tend to get annoying when you have to pay year after year for software. I used to love IObit Advanced System Care, but having to renew every year gets old, so I bought System Mechanic and got a lifetime license (and it can be used on as many computers in you home as you have). I loved Menu 8 when it came out, but now I use Classic Shell as well. Comments for this 'give away' are right - this is nothing more than a year long trial period.

Reply   |   Comment by T-Ham  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#18

Hi all, I used to have iObit start menu until I was constantly nagged to buy it again when my subs were due for renewal, I ended up losing it and went for Classic Shell. Has worked fine for ages and easy to use, Free as well. iObit do tend to nag you a lot. Dave.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#17

First, $22.95 is outrageous for this kind of software. It's almost unheard of to ask this high a price for something that has so many lower priced and free versions available. Second, this genre of software was created specifically for Windows 8 when Microsoft got the idea that PC users really wanted tablets and cell phones. They got the message and released 8.1 almost immediately, now they don't even acknowledge Windows 8 at all, just Windows 8.1. Third, with Windows 10 design, who even needs this software anymore? The learning curve for 10 is very low for Windows 7 users, there should be no need to run such a program. Unless there are functions that can be done here that Windows 10 has left out, but I haven't seen any yet. Maybe someone can show me something I've missed. And finally, no one in their right mind is going to want to "subscribe" to this class of software, even if it was more reasonably priced, especially when every other competitive offering is "permanent use" once installed.

Reply   |   Comment by bebop  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#16

What to say, it's a ok program with decent amount of settings and customization. The demo or unregistered version has daily reminder nag popping up every now and then. More info about that here (post #4) http://forums.iobit.com/forum/iobit-free-tools/start-menu-8/219926-

Start Menu 8 v3 (3.1.0.3) was and is still free and available on various sites ( http://www.filepuma.com/download/start_menu_8_3.1.0.3-12307/ ) and supports up to Windows 10 but due to using Windows 8 only, i can't test full support for all the latest versions, so there might be issues on Windows 10.

It looks exactly the same, almost https://i.imgur.com/EGvYfyN.png

Other free alternatives like:
Start Menu 10 ( http://www.startmenu10.com/registration.html ) or
Start Menu X ( http://www.startmenux.com/registration.html )

get the job done aswell. Differences between free and pro are listed in both links.

Just a closing note; The Classic Shell retirement has been mentioned, that is why it's a lot easier for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to find working replacements, especially free ones, since Windows 10 still gets updates making changes under the hood that require a certain amount of adaption.

Reply   |   Comment by kui_  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

Start 10 for windows 10 is better just pay $4.99 one time fee and does the same also has Start 8 for windows 8 users same price. Have used it on both of my Desktop and my laptop for many years now. It is from the Stardock company. It is easy to set up to your own needs and is updated when there is a major change to windows.

Kenyon Davies

Reply   |   Comment by Kenyon Davies  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#14

StartIsBack++ is the best its like having the windows 7 menu.

Reply   |   Comment by joedamico  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#13

Sorry, I don't do subscription software, when I buy software I want it for life not just for a year...that's nothing more than greed. Don't have enough customers? then stop the subscription service. Charge a fair price and watch the customers come in. If they don't you may need to change your idea of what people want.

Reply   |   Comment by Stefos  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)

Stefos, Certain types of software warrant a subscription based business model, like antivirus products and other SaaS based products that rely on recurring payments to stay in business and support their product(s). To say anyone who charges a subscription fee for use of their product because they're greedy just goes to show how cheap you are.

Reply   |   Comment by Justin Alias  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Justin Alias, I agree there may be cases were such subscriptions are needed but not in this case. For you to make personal comments like "how cheap you are" already show me that you have lost this discussion and so there would be no need to discuss this further with you, I don't like rubbing salt in wide open wounds. I am amazed how easily you think you know someone to the point in making personal attacks and also be so wrong.
Good Day

Reply   |   Comment by Stefos  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Stefos, Unless you write software for a living, you have no business labeling a developer as being "greedy" without knowing their situation. Tit-for-tat.

Reply   |   Comment by Justin Alias  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

thank you , I opened winzip to install rather than view folder , now I see the code , looking forward to this as still missing my window 8.1

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

iObit hasn't had a great track record for me with their products. I can't be a judge about Start Menu 8. Never used it. I can tell you I've used Start Menu X for years. I believe it's the best one out there. Easy to configure and customize the way you want. Works with Windows 2000 to 10. Website tells you from Windows XP and up. Maybe, those last 11 people on the planet are using 2000, may want it!!! The best part, it's a Freeware program. They do have a pay Pro version and it' offer on GOTD once or twice a year. That said, you'd be more than happy with the free version. Thanks to GOTD for the offer.
http://www.startmenux.com/index.html

Reply   |   Comment by Jim C  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Sorry to admit it, as much as I love the Windows 7 start menu and how much I miss it, sometimes you just have to get used to the menu. Most of these barely work for me and glitch to death. I can understand it for Windows 8, but Windows 10 has an ok enough start menu to handle, the alphabetical array for your apps is nice.

Reply   |   Comment by Jum  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

Very good for Windows XP ;-)
Great app

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#8

""Why settle for a 1-year license when the excellent Classic Shell is always free?""

Well, I have read - in TheRegister.co.uk - that the programmer for that very useful add-on has quit as he got fed u with changes inflicted n Win10 which meant

Reply   |   Comment by Anguilla  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Anguilla, I totally agree with you. I've been using Classic Shell for almost a year on an Upgraded Windows 10 laptop and it is great and free.

Reply   |   Comment by Spel-Checker Dude  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#7

I liked this, but was extremely disappointed when the old free version kept automatically updating itself, then proclaiming that the license had expired and it just quits working after that.

I hope this one does not do the same when it expires!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

mine has installed as 30 trial only and no code to put in sadly :(

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Linda , Launch it, and click the settings "gear" in the upper-right of it's menu, then click "Enter code" or "Manage license" in the lower-left of the next screen. :)

And the code is in the readme file that is in the .ZIP that you download to install the offer.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Linda , read readme.txt code is inside...

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

John, thank you so much got it now :)

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Marek, thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

May as well just stick with Windows 7 ... lol

Reply   |   Comment by MarkCM  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#4

Sorry, I just don't get it! Windows 10 corrected the problems of windows 8 mostly the menu. Why in the world would anyone actually want to go back. Even if you liked it there is always the option to add full screen menu or tablet mode. Then you only off a 1yr license when you should really just give it away if anyone really wanted it. BTW had it before and it really sucks had to in-install it.

Reply   |   Comment by IceTheNet  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Start menu X is free and amazing!

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

john, i agree with start menu X for sure. have used it all the time for three years and its perfect. the old start menu is like the dark ages in comparison.

Reply   |   Comment by clasof56  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

john, so true. In fact, I like it so much after using the free version, I bought a three machine license. Works great, no issues.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

True - and I've used Start Menu X for a year or two now..excellent free program and very customisable too ..

Reply   |   Comment by ericn2  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Why settle for a 1-year license when the excellent Classic Shell is always free ?

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+96)

Harry, Classic Shell was discontinued in August of last year and will receive no more updates. As a result, I would highly recommend you use an alternative. Personally, I use StartIsBack++. It only costs $2.99 for the paid version and it continues to be updated to work with new builds of Windows 10.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Roger, As long as Classic Shell still works. But there are other free alternatives :

- iObit Start Menu 8 4.3.0.1 : A more recent version than the one offered here, but Ad-Supported.
- Start Menu Reviver : Free

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Harry, I've used every Start Menu replacement and prefer StartIsBack++ to the others. But, I prefer to use Windows 10's own Start Menu. However, I replaced it, because it stopped working at times.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Roger, Classic Shell is still downloadable and has worked great on several of my Windows 10 machines for years. Start Menu X, on yet another machine, is also an excellent alternative. StartIsBack++ also sounds very promising and what's $2.99 these days?

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

David, you say "what's $2.99 these days" depending upon the payment method used it could be very little or could be quite a lot if using say a credit or debit card as it could be used to obtain and misuse the payment data and siphon off *much* more.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

TK, StartIsBack++ is published by a reputable company. When you buy it you will only be charged $2.99.

It's ridiciulous to make silly assumptions.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Roger, it is not wise to ridicule wise council, It looks like your silly assumption is that an apparently reputable company cannot employ a bad employee.... or make billing errors or be hacked!

I've experienced supposedly reputable companies pass on my details and have fraudulent transactions using web based transaction detals to attempt other fraudulent transactions with other organisations and my bank spot the fraudulent transaction and query it with me. Or in the past have an item double billed and the seller refused to deal with the problem so had to go via my bank to get the duplicated debit card transaction reversed at my expense.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, there's nothing silly about what I said and I made no assumptions. They are using PayPal to handle the payments, which means they never even see your payment details. Using your logic, you could say the same for every single software company that sells their software, or indeed any for purchasing anything at all over the internet. You could have warned people to be cautious about buying anything at all online, but instead, you chose to criticise only the publisher of StartIsBack.

You said that it is not wise to ridicule wise council. I agree. If your comment was not rather silly I would have not even replied.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Roger, I suggest you re-read my original reply without your assumption coloured glasses on!
YOU assumed I was refering specifically to a particular vendor when I made zero references to ANY individual vendor but only to what I was writing about that cash amount being paid through credit/debit cards comes with greater risks than other transaction methods so even if a deal amount is small if using certain payment methods there is a massive amount of billing authority given to any vendor when using online transactions. ALL of which is TRUE with ALL vendors that use those payment methods and the fact that I did not criticise a paypal payment method implies that if a seller uses just paypal for non-repeating payments is less risky than the payment methods I warned against I could NOT have been besmirching "only the publisher of StartIsBack." of whom I have zero knowledge or experience to vouch for or against!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, If you had specified that in your original comment, it would have avoided the confusion. Since, you did not state that you were talking about payments in general, it was a natural assumption that you were referring to purchasing StartIsBack.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Roger, I did specify that by only quoting the cash amount from the posters comment and not even specify the product or vendor names. The assumption you now finally admit you made may have been natural for you, but no one else seemd to do it! I refer you to your original comment about assumptions.... "It's ridiciulous to make silly assumptions." ;-) Especially when you seem to be trying to create an argument based solely upon that assumption!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, you really did not make your intent clear. By specifying the cash amount, you did make it appear you were targeting StartIsBack.

"but no one else seemd to do it"
Well I doubt anyone else is actually following this discussion lol

Anyway, I don't want to get into a continuing argument with you.

You think you intent was clear and I believe it wasn't. But since you have clarified what you meant, let's leave it at that. Have a nice day.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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