Windows 8 Replacement Interface

It's been a while since I've posted an update, and since it's nearing Christmas, what better time than now.

With the recent release of Windows 8, I'm starting to get some calls from customers to help with the setup of new systems and transferring their data from their old systems to the new.

Frequent comments during this process resolve around the new Windows 8 interface which has replaced the well known Explorer and its start menu.

Currently there is no way to return to a more traditional start menu without third-party software, Microsoft have chosen to ship the new metro interface with Windows 8.

There are however several alternative user interfaces available for Windows 8, some of which I will list below.

First up I highly recommend Stardock's Start8, it costs $5 US and is very much worth every cent if you are struggling with the metro interface on a non-touch device. You can download a 30 day trial, and purchase Start8 from the Stardock website located here.

There are also free alternatives such as IObit's StartMenu8 which resembles the Windows 7 start menu, it can be downloaded here.

Also a free Open Source project called Classic Start is available for download here.

Several OEM manufacturers such as Samsung and Toshiba are also apparently working on their own start menu interfaces to ship with Windows 8 computers.