As a regular Windows user you already know the Start menu was radically redesigned with Windows 8 and since then it has been periodically redesigned. However, if you’re still not happy with the Start menu available in Windows 10 check out Start10 by Stardock Software. They have created an impressive Start menu replacement for Windows.
Why replace Windows 10 Start menu?
The Windows start menu is the central hub for accessing apps, files, and settings. While it serves its purpose, I find it find it too cluttered, confusing, and lacking in customization. In my opinion the start menu from Windows 7 was perfect but Microsoft decided to optimize it when they forced Windows 8 Metro GUI on users. You will recall that Ivo Beltchev, a software developer from Bulgaria created the open source Classic Shell to help people get back the Windows 7 start menu we all loved.
Start10 replaces the default Windows 10 start menu with a more versatile and customizable one. It allows you to choose from a variety of start menu styles, including the classic Windows 7 style, the Windows 10 style with tiles, or a hybrid mode that combines both. You can also change the color, font, and size of the menu, as well as the icon size and spacing.
One of the most significant advantages of Start10 is its ability to organize your apps and files more efficiently. You can create custom folders and groups, add or remove items from the menu, and pin your most-used apps to the top. Additionally, you can search for files and apps from the start menu itself, without having to open the Windows search bar separately.
Another useful feature of Start10 is its compatibility with desktop customization tools such as Fences and Groupy, also developed by Stardock Software. With these tools, you can further enhance your desktop organization and multitasking by grouping your apps and files into tabs, sections, or fences.
Overall, Start10 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to improve their Windows 10 start menu experience. It offers a range of customization options, improves organization and efficiency, and integrates seamlessly with other desktop tools. Best of all, it is easy to install and use, with a user-friendly interface and helpful documentation.
Installing Stardock Start10
If you have already purchased the software you can download if from the user portal. If you click View Product Keys you’ll see a list of the computers where you’ve installed the software. You can deactivate any of the installations as well.
Installing Start10 is straight forward and completes within seconds. Once the installation completes you can either enter your product key or start the 30 day free trial.
Your product key is associated with the email address you used when you purchased the software so be sure to make a note that. Click Activate after entering the needed info.
Configuring Stardock Start10
Start10 gives you a lot of options for customizing the Windows start menu. I am going to choose Windows 7 style.
The Style menu offers options to control the the Start10 appearance and other settings you can configure.
The Control menu has additional settings to configure how Start10 functions.
The About menu allows you to check for updates or deactivate your license.
If you are interested in trying out Start10, you can download a free trial from the Stardock Software website. After the trial period, you can purchase a license for a nominal fee, which includes free updates and support. With Start10, you can take control of your start menu and make it work for you, not against you. Thanks for reading.