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Print screen with windows snipping tool

Snipping tool makes it easy to capture snapshot of the current screen. We can launch this tool from command line by running ‘snippingtool‘ command. Same command can be used fromRun command too.

Enter snippingtool
Press Enter

If still not working watch it on youtube.


This tool is not available in Windows XP/Server 2003.


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Motivational Workout Music Mix

Motivational workout music is a must when you are working out. It motivates and inspire you to reach for better results. Become an achiever with Motivational Workout Music Mix



Listen to me.
Pain is temporary.
It may last for a minute or an hour or a day or even a year.
But eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.
If I quit however, it will last forever.
You’re all spoiled.
Some of you are spoiled.
It’s just bottom line, your parents have done everything for you.
You never had to do nothing for yourself.
You’re spoiled.
We’re gonna keep it real tonight.
Some of you are spoiled brats.
Every time you ever got in trouble, somebody in your house got you out of it.
Every time you’ve done something you’re not supposed to do, people say, “Eric, your mother is a tyrant.”
You’re right!
She kicked me out.
You’re right!
She’s mean, but she developed a man.
Because she put me out there and said, “You’re gonna have to grow up!”
And some of you have never learned to grow up.
And so every time something get hard, you quit, you call momma.
I dare you to take a little pain.
I dare you.
I dare you not to go home.
Somebody said, “I’m gotta go home, I feel bad.”
Go through it.
You are not going to die.
At the end of pain is success.
You’re not going to die because you feel a little pain.
I’m not eating like I eat at home.
That’s why you’re about to go to the next level, because if you keep eating like you eat at home,…
…you’ll keep being a boy or a girl.
It’s time to become man, woman.
But I’m exactly where I want to be, because I realize I got to commit my very being to this thing.
I gotta breathe it, I gotta eat it, I gotta sleep it.
And until you get there, you’ll never be successful in life.
But once you get there, I guarantee you the world is yours.
So, work hard and you can have whatever it is you want.


1.Superstar-Crazy living legends

2.The Game — The City

3.Kanye West – POWER

4.DJ Khaled ‘I’m On One (feat. Drake, Rick ross & lil wayne)

5.Falcon Beats Entertainment – Its More Than Just Beats

6.Yogi ft Ayah Marar – ‘Follow U’ (Xilent Remix)

7.Animus Vox – The Glitch Mob

8.Dr Dre – Bang Bang

9.dont know

10.House of Pain – Jump Around

11.Trick Trick Ft Eminem- Welcome to Detroit City

12.Dengaz – Eu Consigo (the instrumental)

13.dont know

14.Juelz Santana – The Second Coming

15.Young Jeezy – I Put On for My City

16.Charlie Clouser-Hello Zepp or saw theme

17.Mavado Feat. Ace Hood – Emergency

18.EMF – Unbelievable (Kovary moombahton bootleg)

19.Kid Frost & Big Tank – I’m a Bad Ass

20.Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris Instrumental

21.Meek Mill – I’m A Boss

22.dont know

23.Eminem- One Shot Two Shot


Other workout mix will be added soon.

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Certainty and Comfort


  1. We all want comfort. And much of this comfort comes from certainty. Of course there is no ABSOLUTE certainty, but we want certainty the car will start, the water will flow from the tap when we turn it on and the currency we use will hold its value.
  2. Variety. At the same time we want certainty, we also crave variety. Paradoxically, there needs to be enough UNcertainty to provide spice and adventure in our lives.
  3. Significance. Deep down, we all want to be important. We want our life to have meaning and significance. I can imagine no worse a death than to think my life didn’t matter.Image
  4. Connection/Love. It would be hard to argue against the need for love. We want to feel part of a community. We want to be cared for and cared about.
  5. Growth. There could be some people who say they don’t want to grow, but I think they’re simply fearful of doing so-or perhaps NOT doing so. To become better, to improve our skills, to stretch and excel may be more evident in some than others, but it’s there.
  6. Contribution. The desire to contribute something of value-to help others, to make the world a better place than we found it is in all of us.

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How to create shutdown shortcuts in Microsoft Windows 8?


One of the most often-requested Microsoft Windows tweaks is for shortcuts that shut down, power down, and restart a Windows session. The procedure for Windows 7 is very similar to that of Vista and XP, but now you can pin those freshly created shortcuts to the Start Menu or the Taskbar or both.

This blog post is also available as a
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. When I published this back in February 2010, there was some question about whether these shortcuts were needed anymore, but yet it is still a popular tip. Is this a case of old tricks die hard?


Creating a shortcut

Creating a shortcut should be familiar to almost everyone, but we will walk through the process just for clarity. There are other ways to accomplish this task, but this is my preferred method. First, right-click on a clear spot on the desktop and navigate to New | Shortcut, as shown in
Figure A

Figure A

Navigate the menu to create a new shortcut.

When you click the Shortcut menu item, you will arrive at the input screen shown in
Figure B
. This is where you will enter the specific command strings to make your new shortcut do what you want it to do.

Figure B

Enter the command for your new shortcut.

For our example, we will enter the specific command that will shut down a Windows PC. Type the following command into the box and then click Next.

Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

The next screen (
Figure C
) asks you to name the shortcut. I suggest you name the shortcut to correspond to the action it will perform. In this case, we name it Shutdown.

Figure C

Give it an appropriate name.

New icon

Technically, you could stop here, but I prefer to give these shortcuts an icon that will help me remember what it is that they do. In Windows 7, changing an icon is similar to how you changed icons in previous versions of the operating system.

Right-click on the icon in question to get the context menu shown in
Figure D
and then navigate to the Properties menu item.

Figure D

Find Properties on the menu.

From the Properties control panel, shown in
Figure E
, select the Change Icon button.

Figure E

Select Change Icon.

The next screen (
Figure F
) will show you a list of potential icons. Choose the one you want to use and click the OK button twice.

Figure F

Choose your icon and click OK.

You should now have a new shortcut on your desktop. When you click the shortcut, your PC will shut down, so make sure you save your work before you test it.

Windows 7 features

One of the nice features of Windows 7 is that you can pin your new shortcut to the Start Menu and/or to the Taskbar. I am a big Taskbar user myself so that is where I want to put it. Right-click the shortcut to get the context menu and click the Pin to Taskbar menu item (
Figure G

Figure G

Pin the shortcut.

Once the shortcut is pinned (
Figure H
), you will always have access to a quick shutdown.

Figure H

Shut down anytime.

Additional shortcuts

There are several shutdown and power down commands that you can make into shortcuts. Creating shortcuts for these commands works exactly the same as our example shutdown shortcut.

Restart Computer

Shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Lock Workstation

Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation

Hibernate Computer

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState

Sleep Computer

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

Bottom line

These shortcut tweaks can be real time-savers, that is for sure. Do you take advantage of them? What other little tweaks are you especially fond of and willing to share?

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Remove virus (Removal Guide)
is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will redirect your browser homepage and default search engine to will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.

[Image: redirect virus] got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install Privitize VPN, you will also agree to change your default browser home page to, and default search engine to
However, when you uninstall Privitize VPN from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove from your favorite web browser manually. You should
always pay attention when installing software
because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation
and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust. Brwoser Hijack – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Searchiu programs from your computer is developed by
, and is installed on users computer with other free software.
In our case Searchiu has installed three programs (
Privitize VPN
, and
toolbar for IE and Chrome
), which we will need to uninstall.

  1. To uninstall
    programs from your computer, click the
    button, then select
    Control Panel
    , and click on
    Uninstall a program.
    If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select
    Uninstall a program

[Image: Uninstall a program]

  • Seach and uninstall
    Privitize VPN
    , and
    toolbar for IE and Chrome
    from your computer.


[Image: Searchiu removal]

Please note that on some computers these programs might have a different name, search for any program developed by
and uninstall it from your computer.
Because is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you
search and uninstall any other unwanted or unknown programs
from your computer.

STEP 2 : Remove the residual damage from your browser has installed two browser extensions, and has changed your homepage and default search engine to

Remove from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the
    gear icon
    [Image: icongear.jpg]
    for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on
    Internet Options

Internet Options in IE

  • In the
    Internet Options
    dialog box, click on the
    tab, then click on the


Reset Internet Explorer

  • In the
    Reset Internet Explorer settings
    section, check the
    Delete personal settings
    box, then click on


Internet Explorer back to its default settings

  • When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click
    in the confirmation dialogue box and then click
  • Close and open Internet Explorer


Remove from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the
    Firefox button
    , go over to the
    sub-menu (on
    Windows XP
    , click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select
    Troubleshooting Information

Firefox Troubleshooting Information

  • Click the
    Reset Firefox
    button in the upper-right corner of the
    Troubleshooting Information


Firefox default settings

  • To continue, click
    Reset Firefox
    in the confirmation window that opens.
  • Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click


Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Searchiu extensions from Google Chrome.Click the Chrome menu
    Chrome menu
    button on the browser toolbar, select
    and then click on

    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the
    tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the
    extensions from Google Chrome.

    [Image: Searchiu Chrome extensions]

    : Searchiu may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.

  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from to Google

Click the Chrome menu
Chrome menu
button, then select
and click on
Manage search engines
in the Search section.
In the
Search Engines
dialog that appears, select
and click the
Make Default
button that appears in the row.

[Image: Searchiu redirect]
Search for
in the
Search Engines
list, and click the
button that appears at the end of the row.

[Image: search redirect removal] has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
Click the Chrome menu
Chrome menu
button, then select
and click on
One the New Tab page
in the
On Startup

[Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.


This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer

  • Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on
    to run the tool.
  • Click on
    , then confirm each time with


Adwcleaner utility

  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • NEXT, double click on
    to run the tool.
  • Click on
    , then confirm with
    to remove this utility from your computer.


STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can
    download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
    from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.


(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)

  • When the installation begins,
    keep following the prompts
    in order to continue with the setup process.
    DO NOT make any changes to default settings
    and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the
    Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
    Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
    checked, then click on the


[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]

  • On the
    tab, select
    Perform quick scan
    and then click on the
    button to start scanning your computer.


[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]

  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for]
  • When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on
    Show Result


[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]

  • You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is
    Checked (ticked)
    and click on the
    Remove Selected


[Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro
    from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.


(This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)

  • HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the
    button) to start a system scan with this program.


HitmanPro installation

  • HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.HitmanPro scans for
  • Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on
    to remove these malicious files.


HitmanPro scan results

  • Click
    Activate free license
    to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.


HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove home page and from your machine, please start a new thread in our
Malware Removal Assistance


If we have managed to help you with your computer issues, then
it’s your duty
to let other people know that this article will help them!
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July 12, 2013 · 7:33 am

Change google gmail password

Change your Google Account password

To change the password for your Google Account, just follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Google Accounts security tab.
  2. If you’re not already signed in to your Google Account, enter your username and password, and click Sign in.
  3. Click Change your password.

If you’re unable to sign in to your Google Account, or you’ve forgotten your password, just enter your username on the password-assistance page to reset your password and regain access to your account.

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How to get the Start menu back in Windows 8


How to get the Start menu back in Windows 8

Several third-party utilities can serve as Start menu replacements for Windows 8 users who aren’t as keen on the new Start screen.


Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Still miss the classic Start menu in Windows 8? Never fear, alternatives are here.

Microsoft lopped off the Start menu in

Windows 8
to force people to use the Start screen. And I’ll admit it, the Start screen does offers several benefits.

Live Tiles can clue you in to the latest e-mails, appointments, news, and other information. You can easily search for any app, setting, or file just by typing its name.

But I still find the folder-structured Start menu the quickest and easiest way to launch any application when I’m already working in the desktop.

Those of you who’d like the old menu back, at least as an option, can choose from a range of Start menu replacements. Most are free or at least offer a free version. Many go beyond just replicating the Start menu by letting you customize their look and feel.

Here’s a rundown of several Windows 8 Start menu replacements that you can take for a spin.

Classic Shell

Classic Shell

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Classic Shell

Classic Shell
bills itself as a “collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but were later removed.” Topping the list for this free open-source program is a new but familiar take on the classic Start menu.

Clicking on the Windows orb after installation lets you choose between displaying all settings in the Start menu, or just the basics. You can also select between a simple single-paned menu or the more modern dual-paned menu.

The Classic Shell menu displays shortcuts to all of your programs, documents, and settings. The familiar Run command and Search field are visible. Clicking on the Shut Down icon brings up choices for Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate, Lock, and Switch User. The Help command even calls up the new Windows 8 Help and Support page.

latest version of Classic Shell
lets you bypass the Start screen even faster. It also adds jump lists to the main menu. And you can now search for and launch Windows Store apps directly from the program’s submenu.

Classic Shell lends itself to customization. The program offers an array of basic and advanced settings that you can tweak all you want. You can even back up your tweaks as an XML file in case you ever need to restore them or transfer them to another PC running Classic Shell.

You can learn more through the program’s detailed
FAQ page
. Windows 8 users in search of a free, simple, and flexible Start menu program will find all of that and more in Classic Shell.

Pokki for Windows 8

Pokki for Windows 8

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Pokki for Windows 8

Developed by the folks at SweetLabs,
Pokki for Windows 8
offers a slick and well-designed Start menu. From that menu, you can access all of your programs and open specific folders, such as Documents, Music, and Pictures. A search field lets you track down any program. And a Shut Down menu includes several options, such as Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate.

The developers of Pokki aren’t standing still either. The
latest update to the program
ties in more heavily with the Windows 8 UI. A new folder called Windows 8 Apps displays links to all of your Windows Store (formerly Metro) apps. And when you search from the Pokki menu, Windows Store apps are now included in the results.

Pokki for Windows 8 is one of my favorite Start menu programs, both for its design and its host of customizable features.



Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)


Billed as “yet another Start menu replacer for Windows 8,” the
free Power8
displays a Start button in the usual spot on the desktop. Clicking on that button brings up the familiar two-pane menu. From the left pane, you can pin your favorite applications and access all your programs via the Programs menu. From the right pane, you can open specific folders, such as Computer, Libraries, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and Network.

A handy search field at the bottom can track down any application, file, or other item on your PC. The familiar Run command lets you type the name of a program, folder, or file to open it. The menu offers easy access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, Log off, Screensaver, and Lock PC commands.

Right-clicking on Power8’s Start button triggers a pop-up menu with several options. The Settings command lets you customize the software’s behavior. You can set it to auto start each time you log in to Windows 8. You can also resize the button or change its image.

You can block all Windows 8 UI, aka Metro, aka Modern, features, which means your mouse will no longer trigger the Start screen thumbnail or the Charms bar. Even with that option enabled, you can still click on the Windows key to get to the Start screen or press Win+C to activate the Charms bar.

Created by a team of developers in Ukraine, Power8 is a simple but effective Start menu replacement.

RetroUI Pro

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

RetroUI Pro

Created by the folks at Thinix,
RetroUI Pro
tries to bring together the two worlds of the Windows 8 UI and the standard desktop, so you get a slick blending of both.

Right off the bat, the program’s Start menu looks and feels different than the Start menus offered by other programs. Clicking on the Start orb brings up a menu filled with tiles and blocks in a nod to the Windows 8 Start screen UI.

The left pane displays square icons for both standard desktop applications and Windows 8, aka Metro, apps, while the right pane offers access to your library folders, Control Panel, programs, and your user folder. You can pin any right-pane folder or other item to the left pane so that it’s more easily accessible. You can also easily right-click on any left-pane item and select the delete command to remove its icon from the pane.

You’ll find dedicated buttons to launch the Start screen, Charms bar, Task Switcher, and Windows 8 search screen. A shutdown button offers links to sleep, lock, log off, restart, and shut down your PC. And the familiar Run command is handily available.

Thinix designed RetroUI Pro so it’s equally at home on a Windows 8

as well as a PC. A TabletView button at the top of the menu transforms it into a tiled screen displaying all of the programs and other items from the left pane. You can then click or tap on any tile to open the item.

RetroUI Pro also provides a twist on Windows 8 apps that Microsoft never bothered to implement. Thanks to a feature called Enforce, you can launch a Windows 8 app from the program’s Start menu, and it opens in its own resizable window directly on the desktop. You can shrink the window by dragging any of its sides or corners. You can move the smaller window around the desktop by dragging it from its title bar. You can also close the app by clicking on the familiar X in the upper right corner.

The desktop taskbar also remains visible when you switch to the Windows 8 Start screen or All Apps screen, so you can easily return to the RetroUI Pro menu from anywhere in Windows. The RetroUI menu is itself a taskbar toolbar that can be turned on and off.

Thininx provides a variety of ways to customize the program. Clicking on a desktop icon called RetroUI Settings offers several sections of options to configure. You can choose to open the RetroUI menu by pressing the Windows key, bypass the Windows 8 Start screen after logging in, and even hide the Windows 8 hot corners.

You can change the size of the TabletView screen and display its icon in the taskbar. Another section lets you control the Enforce feature to control if and how Windows 8 apps open in their own resizable windows. Other options allow you to set the default language, change the color of the Start menu, and disable all Windows 8 feature.

Finally, a desktop icon called RetroUI Pro tutorial displays a series of slideshows to fully explain all the ins and outs of the program.

You can download a free 7-day trial version of the program. A single PC license sells for $4.95 while a 3-PC license costs $9.95. RetroUI Pro offers a novel and clean way of uniting the Start menu with the Windows 8 environment and is well worth the price.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)


Available from Stardock,
offers several options depending on how fond you are of the new Start screen. You can set up the orb to display the traditional Start menu or the Start screen. You can also select the menu style, themes, and a variety of other features.

The Start menu appears in the traditional two-pane format with shortcuts to your programs and folders on the left and links to Documents, Pictures, Control Panel, and other areas on the right. A Shut Down command offers options to Restart, Sign Out, Sleep, Hibernate, and more. As in

Windows 7
, you can control which items appear on the Start menu, which ones appear as links, and which ones as menus.

You can also still retain access to the new Windows 8 features. For example, you can set the Windows key and the Start screen hot corner to open the Start screen. If you want to avoid the Windows 8 UI instead, you can disable the Charms bar and hot corners to stay fully in the desktop.

Start8 sells for $4.99, though the company offers a full 30-day trial version. Other free and equally good Start menu replacements are available, but Start8 is still worth considering.



Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)


offers the usual Start menu replacement but throws in a Task Menu, albeit at an extra price.

After installation, the program asks if you want to run it as a basic, standard, standard plus, or professional user. Each increase in level offers more features. You can start off as a basic user and then upgrade later on if you wish.

As a basic user, you can click on the familiar Start button orb to display the program’s Start menu. Shortcuts to various programs and certain folders appear on the left pane, while links to Documents, Pictures, Music, Control Panel, and other familiar spots appear on the right. You can also switch the left pane to display a list of recently used applications.

A search bar at the bottom of the menu lets you locate and open applications, folders, and files. A Shutdown link calls up a menu to common commands, such as Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, and Log off. There’s even an option to easily run a program or file as an administrator.

You can customize and configure the program directly from the Start menu. This lets you add or remove shortcuts that appear in the menu and on the Windows desktop. A more detailed configuration screen allows you to change the commands and standard folders that display on the menu as well as the font, icon size, background image, column width, and a variety of other options.

If you opt to run the program as a professional user, you can also create Task menus, which give you direct access to specific applications, Web sites, documents, and other content.

You can download a free 30-day trial copy of StartMenuPlus8. The standard version, which includes all features except the Task menus, costs $4.99. The professional version, which throws in the Task menus, runs $9.99.

StartMenuPlus8 offers an array of features and options, almost too many. I found the program a bit confusing, not so much using it as configuring it. Having to choose from among four different user roles just to launch the software was unnecessarily cumbersome. And the more detailed configuration screen seemed cluttered with too many options facing you all at once.

If you’re looking for a simple, no-frills Start menu, there are better choices here. But if you’re willing to spend the time learning and customizing StartMenuPlus8, you may want to give the trial version a spin.


Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)


is a basic but free program that replicates the classic Start menu look and feel. Clicking on the orb triggers the traditional two-pane Start menu with your shortcuts on the left and access to specific folders and other areas on the right.

A Shut Down button offers links to Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, Switch Users, Sign Out, or Lock the PC. You can also right-click on the orb to display several commands, including Run, Command Prompt, and all of the various shutdown options.

You can choose which items you want to appear in the Start menu, such as your personal folders, documents, Control Panel, Devices and printers, and the Run command. You can also tell the program to automatically bring you to the desktop after you log into Windows.

StartW8 doesn’t offer much in the way of customization or advanced features. But that’s fine if all you need it a simple Start menu.



Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)


Also known as StartMenuX,
this utility
lets you customize the look, feel, and functionality of its flexible Start Menu.

You can resize the menu to take up as much or as little room as you want. You can right click on any folder or shortcut to access a pop-up menu of commands. You can change the Windows orb between the classic Windows 7 look and the newer Windows 8 logo. There’s even an option to set up virtual groups to organize your shortcuts.

The traditional Run and Search commands are available. And a Power Control panel displays options to Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate, Sleep, and even Undock.

You can even skip the Windows Start screen entirely and boot directly into the desktop. The program supports traditional PCs and touch-screen devices, so you can further alter its behavior depending on which device you use.

StartMenu7 is available as both a free version and a $20 Pro edition that offers even more features and customizations.


Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)


Published by Lee-Soft,
displays the familiar Windows 7 orb. Click on the orb, and up pops ViStart’s Start menu with your folders and shortcuts on the left pane and links to popular Windows features and locations on the right.

The search field lets you find the name of any application or file. A dedicated shutdown button offers access to Shut Down, Restart, Log off, and Hibernate commands. And ViStart plays nicely with the new hot corner — you can still access the lower-right thumbnail to switch between your last two open Windows 8 apps.

You can opt to bypass the Windows 8 Start screen if you wish.

ViStart presents one obstacle, though. I couldn’t find a way to organize my Start menu. Right-clicking on a folder or other item had no effect. And I couldn’t locate a folder where ViStart stores its menu shortcuts. So there seems no way to customize the menu. The
ViStart FAQ
confirms that no right-click support is available, but that the feature is on the drawing board for a future version.

ViStart is a simple and quick way to get back the Start menu, as long as you don’t mind the inability to customize the menu.

Win8 StartButton

Win8 StartButton

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Win8 StartButton

Win8 StartButton’s menu looks just like the one offered by Classic Shell. But that’s no coincidence. This program is simply a recompiled take on the open-source Classic Shell, which the
developer acknowledges

Like Classic Shell,
Win8 StartButton
lets you tweak the look and feel of the Start menu with several customizable features. Clicking on the program’s Start orb displays the usual two-pane menu with access to your programs and folders and commands for search, run, and help. You’ll also find options to Shut Down, Restart, or Hibernate your PC.

Right-clicking on the orb leads you to a Settings window where you can change the layout of the menu and a variety of other features. For example, you can disable Windows 8 hot corners if you wish, add or remove commands in the menu, and change its skin.

Win8 StartButton is a handy program with a basic Start menu and several ways to customize advanced features. But you might as well stick with Classic Shell.

Windows 8 leads with tiles, apps, sync — and a learning curve, too


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