Win8Starter is a lightweight software application built specifically for helping users add the classical Start menu and button to their Windows 8 operating system. It comes in handy in case you didn’t get used to working with the Metro-tiled Start screen.

The program is able to add a Start button on the taskbar which reveals similar looks and functionality to the Windows 7 Start menu.

What’s more, the Start button can be dragged and dropped to any position on the taskbar, and you are allowed to shutdown, restart, or lock the computer from the Start menu.

Win8Starter gives you the possibility to perform search operations, and access some programs from the Start menu with ease.

When it comes to configuration settings, you can make the utility store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu, customize the menu buttons to be displayed as a menu or link, and insert additional buttons for some Windows applications, such as Calculator, Notepad, Task Manager, and others.

What’s more, you can use large icons, enable context menu and “drag and drop” operations, sort all programs by name, as well as limit the number of recent programs to a user-defined value.

Since it doesn’t require much computer knowledge to work with this utility, even less experienced users can configure the dedicated parameters on the breeze.

During our testing we have noticed that Win8Starter carries out a task quickly, and no errors showed up throughout the entire process. It doesn’t eat up a lot of CPU and memory, so the performance of the computer is not affected.

All in all, Win8Starter offers a simple software solution when it comes to embedding the Start button and menu to Windows 8, and is suitable for all types of users, regardless of their experience level.