You don\’t really need a Start Menu in Windows 8

Greg Shultz shows you several techniques you can use to launch your Desktop applications in Windows 8 that don\’t involve a Start Menu.

Are you a Windows 8 user who is pining away for the old Start menu? Do you really need it? Or are you just looking for some comforting familiarity?

If you need that familiarity, there are actually several third-party Start menu replacement options such as StartW8 and Classic Shell, both of which are free. Or you can purchase Stardock\’s Start8 for $4.99. There are several others out there but these are the ones that I have heard most people talk about using.

However, if you really think about how much you\’ve used the Start menu in recent years, chances are good that you\’ll find that you don\’t really need it anymore. In fact, Windows 8 provides plenty of very efficient ways to launch your Desktop applications – you just need to be aware of them. In this blog post, I\’ll show you several techniques that you can use to launch your Desktop applications in Windows 8.

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