Windows 8 Consumer Preview Enable Start Menu Button

Wiz Techie Pinoy Tech Blog – Computer Problems Frequently Ask Question (FAQ) Q&A: How can I enable Start Menu button in Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Is it possible to bring back the Start button from Windows 7? Is there a way without using third party apps or softwares? I want to quickly access my files and programs, by clicking a Start button like I have always been doing in my Windows 7 machine.

Question:  I need some help. I wanted to know if there is a way to enable Start Menu button in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Is this completely possible? Back then in the Windows 8 Developer Preview, there is a way to disable Metro UI and show the Start button, but this is not working anymore for Windows 8 Consumer Edition. What is the best way I can do to show the Windows Start button? I’m not yet comfortable with the Desktop not having a Start button, and if there is a way then I would love to learn how to.


In Windows 8 Developer Preview, you can just do a regedit to disable the Metro UI and show a Windows 8 Start Button, however with Windows 8 Consumer Preview, this is not the case. But do not fret as we will show you the best ways on how to bring back the Windows Start Menu button. Personally we like the first solution, as it adapts with the Windows 8 Metro UI. Using the first solution will enable the Windows Start Menu button, and the Metro Screen appears when you pressed it.

windows 8 start menu

We’ve been searching for a third party software that would show the Windows Start button, and we found several apps. These are some of the apps or softwares that could bring back the Windows Start Menu button. While some of them show Windows 7 like Start menu, others adapt with Metro UI Windows 8 has to offer. Below are some of the FREE solutions you can download in how to enable Start Menu button in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Free Windows 8 Consumer Preview Enable Start Menu Button Solutions

These are some of the FREE solutions that can help you enable Start Menu Button in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It is suggested that you try both softwares below, and just uninstall it, if it doesn’t suit your requirements.

Solution 1: 

Stardock Start8 app

Stardock’s Start8 apps adapts with Windows 8 Metro UI, which makes it greatly compatible with Windows 8 consumer Preview.

Download Stardock Start8 app.):

start8 windows start button

System Requirements:

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview


  • Adds a “Start” menu to the Windows 8 taskbar
  • Enables quick access and searching of your installed applications
  • Adds Run… option via right-click menu
  • Adds Shutdown… option via right-click menu
  • Choose a custom Start button image

Solution 2:

ViStart the Windows 7 Start Menu

ViStart makes it possible for Windows 8 Consumer Preview to have a Start button like Windows 7. Overall it’s an app that brings functionality of Windows 7 Start menu to Windows XP machines. Although one thing I do not like about ViStart is that installing it will install RegClean Pro software, although you can just uninstall it, still there are no options to not include RegClean Pro during its installation.

Download ViStart.

Download here

vistart windows start button

More and more softwares and apps are appearing on how to tweak Windows 8 Consumer Preview looks like adding some Start Menu buttons. Seems like users of Windows 8 Consumer Preview miss the Start button that past Windows operating system offers. Both of the solutions above aims to solve, users asking for Windows 8 start menu button. Hopefully from this guide you have learned how to enable Start Menu Button in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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