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Start Menu X Pro 5.30 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Start Menu X Pro 5.30

Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 475 (55%) 391 (45%) 126 comments

Start Menu X Pro 5.30 was available as a giveaway on January 25, 2015!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$67.95
free today
Highly-centralized DVD cloner/copier, ISO mounter and DVD Burner.

Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals. Power users know how inconvenient and time-consuming it is to launch programs from the system menu, so Start Menu X is the right solution!

Benefits of PRO version:

  • Single-click launch!
  • Assign a primary program to any folder and start it simply by clicking this folder.
  • Change the structure and add tabs.
  • Manage the Virtual Groups.
  • Sort files by name.

System Requirements:

Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (x32/x64)

Publisher:

OrdinarySoft

Homepage:

http://www.startmenux.com/index.html

File Size:

14.9 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#60

Hello all, for the rest of us please post download link so we can enjoy this great software as I hae not received a email or can't get it registered.

Thank you
Christopher

Reply   |   Comment by Christopher  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#59

Registration worked this morning!

Before today (Friday, January 30), my daily attempts to register this product always failed. Today, to my surprise, it worked! Thanks to developer for ongoing efforts to correct registration issues reported by so many GAOTD users.

Details: Windows 8.1 Pro
Clicked on Options icon (lower right hand corner) of free version.
Selected add features and made sure that the GAOTD Registration Key (from Readme file in download) was loaded
After submitting, received onscreen message saying that product was now registered.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Still no luck here, guess it's back to Classic Shell for me.
Too bad, it looked like a promising piece of software.

Reply   |   Comment by TheOne  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

The server must be down again, because I got the same error message as before when I just tried the activation.

Reply   |   Comment by Monart  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#58

I didn't get one of these nice emails.
How do I get one?
(and thanks for the effort)

Reply   |   Comment by mlm  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

I received email from Developer this AM with link to setup that doesn't require registration. The only limitation is that there are no updates and don't think you can re-install.

Reply   |   Comment by itsmee222  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ditto. Very nice e-mail arrived this morning. I installed via the new link provided with no problem. My thanks go out to OrdinarySoft. I'm sure it's been a difficult few days for them!

Reply   |   Comment by Graycat  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

It's January 27 and still can not activate. We are still without any official word/update from GOTD or the developer other than "There is a server overload. The developer is working hard on the registration problem."

GOTD/Developer, Please... let us know something, an update, anything. I don't believe this is to much to ask for.

P.S. Downloading the trial from developer's website, as suggested in the GOTD forum, that does not activate either.

Reply   |   Comment by Just_Pa55ing_Through  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Ditto. It's now January 28, and registration still does not work for Windows 8.1 Pro. Request that GOTD/Developer provide an update.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

It seems like a different approach to activating is needed the next time this is released.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#55

Still can't activate the program. I installed the free version on Saturday, since that's the only one I could get to work. Are we just out of luck with this one, or will we be able to activate it sometime this week? Is there a different activation code that will work? Help!! I really want this software (but I'm having second thoughts about that now....).

Reply   |   Comment by LML  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#54

I tried the registration key on the free version, but all I got was different error messages, such as "the Start Menu X key has become obsolete" and "Bad code! Please check mistypes and invisible spaces." I had copied and pasted the code, and there was not so much as an extra space at the end of the digits. Even writing to the developer at the support e-mail address given (supportbox@ordinarysoft.com) yields no help at all - I wrote 24 hours ago and still no response whatsoever. Seems like we have all just wasted a lot of time on this particular giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Sunnaze  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#53

GOTD personnel.

Developer had a problem with his registration software and decided to keep the registration open for 5 more days, see comment above.
Unfortunately, GOTD software will not permit the installation software to run after the day after the offer.

Would you try again?

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Williams  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#52

Well, Just tried to install again.

Now I get the pop up that says: "Giveaway period for this software is over, please check our web-site for a new giveaway."

I downloaded this yesterday and it wouldn't activate but I understood that there would be a five day extension?

Reply   |   Comment by mrclose  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#51

It looks like it's still unable to activate at this time, I will give it another day or so, but that's it. After that i am sorry, i think i will give Classic Shell a try, it seems to be highly recommended. But i also feel kinda bad for the developer. This wasn't his fault.

Reply   |   Comment by Just_Pa55ing_Through  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

I would like to install this program on my Win 8 machine, with quad-core AMD A4-5000 processor. For whatever reason it wouldn't install last night. I did a re-download and reinstall but again the install failed to complete. Something along the lines of "(a folder) cannot be created". I saw the "the registration period will last for another 5 days" message and figured I would try again today. I just tried again, but this time I got the "Giveaway over" message. :( Can GOTD do something to correct this? I really would like to install this program as I really dislike native Win 8. (I just updated to 8.1. No idea if that could have caused the problem.

Reply   |   Comment by No Install  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

I’M SORRY FOR YOUR INCONVENIENCE.

THE ACTIVATION SERVER IS OVERLOADED. If you have problems with activations please try again tomorrow. We extend activation period for 5 days.????????

Reply   |   Comment by ken  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#48

is it possible to create a "recently used documents" button like in classic shell ?

Reply   |   Comment by j.u.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#47

I already purchased 3 copies when this was last available and it has worked great overall. Sometimes, it would exit on its own but that hasn't happened in months. I do recommend it.

Reply   |   Comment by Morris Cox  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Something else to be addressed:

When I start any program which accesses the internet, such as Firefox, my firewall no longer recognizes that program, instead giving me a notice that Start Menu X is trying to access the internet. Naturally I blocked that ...and Firefox couldn't connect then. Had to reauthorize Firefox and Thunderbird and several other programs in my firewall.

Reply   |   Comment by JGF  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

JGF - what firewall?

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#45

I have been using this start menu from Ordinarysoft for a long time, and I can't live without it. Very nice program, allowing to have a lot of programs in start menu, with different sizes at your choice, and with a lateral scroll bar in case you need more space. I recommend it 100%

Reply   |   Comment by Roland  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#44

OK GOTD: The OrdinarySoft rep stated that registration will be extended for five days. Unfortunately, the GOTD wrapper only allows us to install the program on the day it is offered. Since only the 'Free' version install works, how do we upgrade to the Pro version once the OrdinarySoft registration servers come online again?

Reply   |   Comment by JoezGal  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

Install the free version, then in the free version right-click the icon and select "Add features to Start Menu X." That brings up the registration.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

That's good of them to extend this. I was just about to give up on the entirely. I've used and enjoyed Classic Shell, and wanted to give this app a go. Virtual groups sound very useful

GAOTD, I would sure appreciate it if you guys would upgrade to a comment system that allowed one to subscribe to responses. Pretty sure I am no alone in this.

I do very much appreciate the giveaways. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by pixelriffic  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hey JoezGal,

Your question has already been answered in comment #35

Compusmurf

Reply   |   Comment by Compusmurf  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

As per the included Readme.txt and I Quote:

If you have chosen the Free installation you need to run the program.
The program Menu can be accessed through the program icon in the tray.
Please choose "Add features to Start Menu X" => enter the provided key=> press "Activate online" button.

Enjoy your registered copy!

End Quote.

I believe this means you can install today, then when you can get it to take it, register it.

Reply   |   Comment by hs  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I was thinking about installing the 30 day pro trial and hoping that the code works in the next five days the developer says free registration will be offered. That way it makes no difference if the GOTD wrapper works tomorrow or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Exploro  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Suggestion:

-Download and install this version.
-After it has completely installed, disable it through 'msconfig' for a day or two.
-Go back and re-enable Start Menu X through 'msconfig' then try to register it. If it still isn't working yet, repeat steps above until their registration servers are working again.

Doing it this way will allow you to still use your Windows 8.1

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I have the same question... It won't install without the registration being accepted, so I guess either GAOTD will have to extend the activation for 5 days or we who could not get it registered, will not be able to use it. So sad, seemed like a great app for my Win 8.x laptop. I was even going to install to my Win 7 desktop.
I will try again tomorrow since it is too late for me to stay up and wait for it to work tonight. Fingers are crossed I can install/register tomorrow morning.

Reply   |   Comment by mahaal  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

OOoops..
Update to suggestion..

Install the pro version and select 30 day trial. That should give you more than enough time to get it registered. Good luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I could activate the trial version of the Pro version with the key of the giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#43

I have used Start Menu X ever since I got Win 8, (other than the registration errors today) & I have just installed it over Win 10 (even though Win 10 has backtracked a little & included a "Start Button" of old - just like Win XP etc. PLUS a section like Win 8.1 SO EVERYBODY WINS!). I like the GUI for this giveaway & I am diligently trying different options under the beta ver of Win & hopefully it will lead to a GREAT product for now & the future (to me it is already GREAT - but this is meant for everybody else). Thank you sincerely for today's giveaway - to GOTD & Start Menu X. (This reminds me of the battle for desktops between Norton (Norton's Desktop for Windows 2) & Microsoft (Microsoft's Windows 95 beta version), let's hope the right people win. (US!!!)

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#42

I used this product years ago. It really is that good. It's extremely customizable. That said, I now use ClassicShell after I lost the program after switching computers. ClassicShell does most of I need with a little less overhead. With this offer I'm going back to Start Menu X.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Jacobs  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#41

This is a question, rather than a comment. If I install this on my WinXP computer & later get a new computer, will I be able to reinstall Start Menu X Pro or do I lose all my GiveAwayOfTheDay applications?
Thanks to anyone who responds!

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

GAOTD stuff (with very few exceptions) can only be installed on the day that they are offered.

Reply   |   Comment by Morris Cox  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#40

I am using Stardock Start8 program for the menu to replace my Windows 8 crappy / loss of menu. I love it. Very stable and reliable. Anyone out there who has used both this MenuX as well as Start8 and can offer a comparison ?

Reply   |   Comment by ash  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Yes, I am a big fan of Stardock Start8 and I'm surprised no one has mentioned it in this thread. I really love this $5 program. It's well laid out, it's tied to your Windows 8 themes so that when you change the theme, your start menu also reflects it.

I've tried Start Menu X before and it's a well laid out program and I'm not going to bash it at all. It's just a matter of preference. That being said, I prefer Start8 to Start Menu X. It has the right flavor for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

I'm running Windows 7 64bit. I tried 5 times to install this software but it would never register. I gave up on it. I use Object Dock anyway and I've been organizing my START menu since Windows 3.1. Had the program installed, I may have kept it but I would have had to judge it by the resources it used.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim Irvin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Have tried to install many times today. Still not working. GAOTD - please fix and extend the offer. Love GAOTD and also StartMenuX (an earlier version, which I recommended to others), but this is the first time this has happened to me. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#38

Start Menu X Pro - why "Pro"? As an IT-professional I have to work with the laptops and PCs of clients and I must be able to work with the original Windows tools, so I don't use Start menu replacements on my laptops and PCs with Win 8.1. And BTW nobody needs a replacement because the Microsoft solution in Windows 8.1 is perfect after getting used to it. Even people with a slow brain can handle it as I see in my daily work.

Reply   |   Comment by Protagonist  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-62)

Thanks for the update on your professional qualifications. What that has to do with the efficacy & performance of the software in question escapes me.

Reply   |   Comment by bem  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Indeed, Win 8 et al, is for slow brains. Unreadable, and inconsistent sizes tiles instead of clear icons. Even Android and Apple has it right.

Reply   |   Comment by Parfumeur  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#37

click the pro version that stated free instead of the one that had the registration key. It'll down load and then the same registration will pop up. It was kind of confusion at first but it did work.

Reply   |   Comment by goldpony  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

Okay, my bad. It didn't work as I expected. I have turned off all the firewall that I can think of and nothing work. Anyone knows any other firewall that I'm missing?? I have McAfee and I turned it completely off and plus on Win 7.. Nothing

Reply   |   Comment by goldpony  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#36

I'm having the same problem with activation. Windows 8.0 Must be a problem on their server. Their free version is the only option that works.

Reply   |   Comment by AndyM  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#35

Dear GOTD users,

the developer is aware of the registration problem.

This may be due to the high server load.

Please try to register the program a little later.

Sorry for the inconvenience

GOTD project team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day team  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Thank you GOTD for aall you do! I went ahead and installed the “Free” version and it worked. Is there a way to upgrade it to the “PRO” with the given registration key?

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dan, in the ReadMe file it tells you how to register the Pro version once you've installed the Free version....but we're all having the same problem with the servers issues, even if you did it that way.

"If you have chosen the Free installation you need to run the program.
The program Menu can be accessed through the program icon in the tray.
Please choose "Add features to Start Menu X" => enter the provided key=> press "Activate online" button."

Reply   |   Comment by Dax  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#34

A little smarter and much fancier - a must have for all those addicted to the Start menu. There are really good screencaps and tutorials/presentations on the developer's homepage for all those interested (OK, at least one I watched...) And the developer is interacting with us, so it's a thombs up from my behalf.
But still, it's a Start menu, a thing I almost never use. I already have my programs organized in folders, and I use it mostly when I want to add a new program to my favorite fast launcher, called... Fast Launcher. (http://www.dvasoft.com/fast_launcher/) It's intuitive, customizable, and did I mention free?...

Reply   |   Comment by Geza  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#33

Regarding StartMenu X, cannot activate on either laptop or pc running 8.1. Disabled anti virus as well as firewall. Problem with trying to use key to activate as well as just 30 day trial. Was interested. Hope it gets fixed..

Reply   |   Comment by mikeyur2bad  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

I tried and purchased this several years ago after it appeared as a GOTD - I think it had a different name then, maybe Menu 7. Anyway, I set up a new PC just before the holidays and forgot to install Menu X. I checked and the last version I had was 4.55 so I thought it would be a good chance to upgrade here using my purchased license number. However, I am having the same problem as everyone else. I went to ordinarysoft.com and downloaded from there, but ran into another time out situation and cannot register even my purchased license.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#31

I'm having the same problem with the activation. Using windows 8.1. It won't activate with the pro key, or the 30 day free trial regardless of firewall enabled or disabled.

Reply   |   Comment by pdoc  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Same here. Tried to activate on 2 different W7 computers & got the same error messages as described. I'm guessing there servers are overloaded / down. Will try later!

Reply   |   Comment by matinee55  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#30

Hello. The same failure is happening on my end. The installation fails as others have previously reported. It appears to be due to some timeout problem (perhaps too much traffic) and not a firewall issue at all.

I tried the installation again 1 hour later and the same thing happened.

Also, though I was forced to abandon ('cancel') the installation half-way into the process several times, each time the GOTD still reported a successful ACTIVATION by opening the web browser to its page
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/start-menu-x-pro-5-3/?activate

Reply   |   Comment by icyStart  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#29

Tried over and over to install it. But when I get to the box to enter the activation code, a Setup box opens which states "Please check your internet connection and try again (or check firewall). (if you have problems, please contact to support supportbox@ordinarysoft.com." I tried turning off the firewall, and reentering the activation code, but still nothing. The Setup box pops up again. No matter what I have tried, I have not been able to get past entering the activation code step.

Reply   |   Comment by xcartster  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)
#28

I should add that I have Win8.1 Pro 64 and just the included firewall.

Reply   |   Comment by pixelriffic  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Personally, seeing all these registration comments, I think the registration server is either down or overwhelmed.

Think about about it!

A cloud registration server for a $20 program???? I'm always concerned when a simple cheap utility is so wrapped up. The Cloud is a big issue here.

Reply   |   Comment by Parfumeur  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#27

hi john (comment 23) and Frederic (comment 25). i am also on Win7 64bit and this is exactly the problem i described in comment 21. hopefully GAOTD or the developer will be able to advise us of a solution. i tried turning the antivirus and firewall off with no luck.

Reply   |   Comment by scott  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#26

Hello; installed on Win 7 x64 and the activation does'nt work.
I have disabled the firewall but no activation again.
I have installed the free version but the serial didn't worked again.
Did i missed something ?
Frédéric.

Reply   |   Comment by dec  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

The same thing on my computer - downloaded OK, setup OK, but "Check your internet connection" when trying to use Reg.number from Readme.txt
Any suggestion, please?

Reply   |   Comment by Michal  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Same here. I went ahead and installed the "Free" version and it worked. Is there a way to upgrade it to the "PRO" with the given registration key?

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Same here. Win 8.1 64 bit. Wouldn't accept key on install or after install. Tried reboot - no avail. Attempted email to company, but no response yet. Hopefully reply won't be too late for GAOD.

Reply   |   Comment by Rus-D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hi, did you guys unpack the zip file to one folder in the first place. Afterwards copy to clip board by clicking Ctrl C - and insert clicking Ctrl V. It might be case sensitive at times.

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

I'M SORRY FOR YOUR INCONVENIENCE.

THE ACTIVATION SERVER IS OVERLOADED. If you have problems with activations please try again tomorrow. We extend activation period for 5 days.

Reply   |   Comment by Denys Nazarenko  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)
#25

Like other reviewers, I am a big fan of Start Menu X - it is literally the first program I load when setting up a new computer. And having just setup a new (netbook) computer, I welcome the opportunity to get the Pro version (upgrading from the free version).

The biggest advantage to the Pro version is being able to start each program that is loaded onto the computer listed alphabetically, whether the program is a standalone entry or is part of a group (folder). This allows me to see every program I have loaded on a single screen when I click the start menu - no more hunting for programs or seeing folders launch when I click on a folder name.

The second advantage is the tech support - the author of the program is a big help when reporting or having a problem with the program. The third advantage - it works on Windows 10 Technical Preview - just can't do a computer without my Start Menu program! Get this Start Menu replacement program while you can!

Regards,
BearPup

Reply   |   Comment by BearPup  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#24

Can't install in XP. Complains about the internet connection (which is fine as far as I'm aware) and firewall (which I have turned off but doesn't help) when trying to register key. tried on two different machines, same thing. tried installing free version first, same thing.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)
#23

I use this piece of software since a couple of years for W7 & W8. It's just great and I can only recommend it, especially if you use W7/8.

Reply   |   Comment by erikiwi  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#22

hi, i'm trying to install this program as i know its worth. however when it tries to authourise the key it seems to be timing out and asks me to check my inet connection. anyone else seeing this? - any ideas?

kindest regards to all.

Reply   |   Comment by scott  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Hi scott. It seems to be a matter with your AV or your firewall. Perhaps, you have to allow or permit it . I have never ever had problems activating this program. Hope, you'll sort it out and return. Others might be helpfull with a solution.

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Yes I have the exact same issue. I have allowed it in my firewall, and I have shut down ESET and I am still getting the same message. I do have a previous version installed, and that seemed to go ok. However, I cannot install todays issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Larzan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I had the same problem as Scott with this "pro" version. After trying out the free version, I uninstalled it because I didn't like it. I prefer the straight Windows 7 Start Menu over the WinXP Start Menu.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

At last what I was looking for during the past 2 decades. Excellent applet really. This along with StabLauncher (free) is the perfect combination for me. I have deactivated ClassicShell for a while.
Thank You Very Much!

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#20

This has been my fave start menu for a couple of years - in Free version and Pro as well, of course. However, I dont set it to start with Windows, because it demands quite a bit of resourses. I activate it, when I need a full view over my installations - by double clicking the start menu icon. Thanks a lot for generous renewal of licence to OrdinarySoft.....and of course the team behind GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#19

I have been using the free version of this program for several years. It is Version 5.25 64 bit. Never had a problem, and I liked it compared to the way Windows 7 start menu looked like. I was going to download the newer freeware version 5.30, but if there is a pro version, I might as well give it a spin, so to speak.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Eckler  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#18

FREE ALTERNATIVE : http://www.handystartmenu.com/

reliable program from ChemTable, using it for over an year now.

Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Mr All Rounder  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Yeah, that's what I use. Basic but very usefull and an improvement over windows normal startup list.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#17

After scratching my head and RTFM for a few minutes I couldn't find how to add shortcuts to a group. To add to my perplexity, in group management there are some folders not found in "Program Files" or elsewhere. The "Edit group" should be renamed "Rename group" because it is what it does, not editing as anyone would expect.

I'll stick to "Classic Shell Menu" for this kind of tool.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Its a keeper !

Just what I was looking for :)

Be sure to watch their video at the website program takes you to after installing, shows how to use it the best/right/easy way.

Reply   |   Comment by Colvin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#15

Thank you Karl for you comments -by the way always very helpful- I have used this program for some time now and am very pleased with it. Only used on Windows 7 home premium, so cannot comment on other Windows setups. I would recommend trying it out.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashley  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#14

Installed W8.1 64 No problems; used GAOTD code. I found significant improvement in load time at startup and for program loads. I then purchased and registered for updates - $6.00. I will install on 3 other Windows machines today. A keeper.

Recommended.

Reply   |   Comment by James Townsend  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#13

ever heard of Classic Start Menu? it's freeware

Reply   |   Comment by Slavka  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Start Menu X has - Virtual Groups and single click lunch feature also has Power timers. In other words the freeware version of Start Menu X has much more features than clone of the old windows menu. Btw. If you compare time of features release you will see that Classic Shell take lot of ideas from Start Menu X or previous versions (Start Menu 7, Vista start Menu).

Reply   |   Comment by Denys Nazarenko  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I've used classic shell since Win7 came out and love it. While free, you should also feel free to donate to the developer if you enjoy using the program and have the means to do so. Even $1 or $5, if you can spare it, shows your appreciation and encourages them to keep supporting this excellent software. :)

Reply   |   Comment by alordofchaos  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Whenever I've tried any other alternative, I've always returned to classic shell; today's offering included. It works like I want it to, without problems, and that's all I need

Reply   |   Comment by Buzzard  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

Installed and registered without any problems over an earlier install of the program.

Even in XP the start menu is a pain to try to control, this program takes a lot of the pain away.
It can be stopped and started without leaving behind any problems to the normal start menu, sorry that should be, even more problems!

A good program to have with a fairly new install, less useful to people like myself who have not allowed programs to put links into the start menu.

Not really sure if there are any improvements over the last time it was offered, even if there are not it is still well worth downloading.

Was fortunate enough for this to be offered just after installing a hard drive with Win 7 on my machine just in case I lost my much loved XP. This has the advantage that I can use the start menu in the knowledge that will not become the unwieldy monstrosity that it is normally.
Well worth a download in my opinion.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)
#11

An EXCELLENT program! Have been using it since Windows 8 came out. Works great, never lets me down!

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Woodruff  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
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