StartIsBack - Easing the Transition to Windows 10
by Jeff Dubois
pretty much have to be living in a cave not to have been
exposed to all the hype about Microsofts release of
Windows 10 and how Windows 7 (and later) customers can receive a free
upgrade. If youve become accustomed to the Windows
8 and 8.1 UI, then the
transition to Windows 10, though not without change, will
be somewhat easier than those who decide to make the
switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
A number of writers have characterized Windows 10 as
representing a return to the Start menu.
Having once sat through Return of the Killer Tomatoes, I
can unequivocally state that it was, in no way, a
qualitative improvement over the original. I feel a
similar polite unenthusiasm towards the Windows 10 Start
menu. It is an improvement over the atrocity of Windows 8
and, arguably, that of Windows 8.1, but if youre a
Windows 7 user, unfamiliar with Microsofts new UI,
I remain unconvinced that the Windows 10 Start menu is
either an improvement or a return.
Not surprisingly, there are a plethora of Start Menu
Replacement programs which are readily available to fill
the void left by Microsofts decision to so
radically change the UI in the first place. The emergence
of Windows 8 brought with it a number of free third-party
start menu replacement programs including (to name just a few):
Start Menu 8 (http://www.startmenu8.com/index.html)
Classic Shell (http://www.classicshell.net/)
Start Menu Reviver (http://www.reviversoft.com/start-menu-reviver/)
undermining the value of free and open source
alternatives, there are occasions where affordable
third-party pay applications offer the best solution.
StartIsBack, in my view, is one such program and one
which PCWord, in a Lincoln Spector article entitled The
Best Windows 8 Start Menu Programs asserts that
StartIsBack should be your first choice.
does StartIsBack look almost identical to the last
official version of Microsofts start menu, but it
behaves like the Windows 7 start menu as well.
StartIsBack places both recent and pinned applications
onto the start menu and the familiar Search box is
present as youre accustomed to allowing quick
access to indiced files and email.
configurable, StartIsBack allows a host of options
including control over menu hotkeys, switching between
the Microsoft Start Screen and traditional Start Menu, as
well as appearance options. At the very affordable price
of $2.99 for a single license key, $4.99 for a 2-key
license or $9.99 for 5-key license, StartIsBack is
certainly worth installing and evaluating for the free
the folks who created StartIsBack, we have a 5-user
license pack for StartIsBack which will be given as a
door prize at this month's meeting.
Originally published: September, 2015
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