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Start menu is back and it”s better than ever. Get the most useful shell enhancement for Windows 10 now!


Genuine start menu

Your faithful desktop friend which helps you: Launch programs you use frequently Open documents you”re working on Find stuff you”re looking for Go to system places in one click Easily shut down your system Feel at home with new Windows fully integrates with Windows and provides original Windows 7 start menu and taskbar experience, enhanced with many new features as well. Supports all Windows languages!


Reinvigorated for new Windows for Windows 10 can: Apply skins to taskbarReplace taskbar jump lists (context menus) with better onesCenter taskbar iconsRestore larger taskbar icons Fine-tune taskbar color Reduce OS resource usage It looks totally awesome with new style, round user avatar and modern glyph icons. Also it opens 100% of a time and always finds what you want to find – sorry, Windows 10 gimmick!


Unique experience

Personalize your system as you want it: Choose a skin for start menu Choose a skin for taskbar Choose start button appearance Choose shortcuts in Start menu Make Start menu work like XP one Configure translucency for Start menu and Windows taskbar Tinker with anvanced settings Whether you”re power user or senior citizen, will work for you.


Plus plus much more! is lightweight and secure: it does not require administrator rights to install, consumes minimal amount of system resources, does not run additional processes or services. is actively developed – you can get for Windows 8, for Windows 8.1 and for Windows 10. Each version is tailored for specific Windows version to be able to address weaknesses of each Windows release and gain strength with targeted features and clean user experience. Lifetime license – just $3.99! Works with any version.
Free Trial Just $3.99



How do I configure Start Menu?

Either right-click Start button and click “Properties” or right-click opened Start Menu itself and choose “Properties” context menu item.

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Can I use without start menu, just for skinning / jump list / awesomeness?

Yes. Just pick leftmost (Windows 10) style. Then select taskbar and start button styles separately.

Can break my system?

No. If you experience issues with old on too recent Windows 10 update, just hold Escape key when logging in to disable

How do I uninstall

As expected: go to Control Panel – Programs and Features, find and click Uninstall.

Trial, licensing and activation

How trial version works?

There are no limitations in trial version. After installing it runs for 30 days. If you don”t activate it with license number you bought within 30 days, it will still work, but in limited mode:Start Menu will be blank and sad; every boot you”ll be nagged about evaluation period over.Trial period runs for each user which have installed on one PC separately.

What is activation and why is it needed?

Activation is a process of validating your license online.It ties your computer to your license via online service.It is required in order to make sure license use is not abused.One license key allows you to activate a limited number of computers.How my computer is identified?

Your computer is uniquely identified by motherboard unique number and hard disk physical serial number OS is installed to.

What if I change hardware configuration of my PC or replace it?

If you change both hard disk and motherboard, you will need to activate your license again as modified PC will count as new. You can activate your license on new PC after 30 days since you used license on the old PC, so you may need to wait while trial period is over.

Does “phone home”?

No. does not collect information about your PC hardware or software. It does not use Internet connection for license validation purposes except the moment you activate it.Online activation service does not collect your IP address or any other information which could identify you or your computer.Computer unique identifiers are transferred in hash form, which does not allow anyone else to view it.Note: automatic new version checking functionality requires Internet connection.

How many times can I reinstall / reactivate

There is no limitation on how many times you can activate an installation on the same PC.

Does my license expire?

No, your license will never expire and is valid for all future versions of

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English, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, French, Danish, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, German, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovak, Finnish, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Serbian, Slovenian, Bangla, Hungarian, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Arabic, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Latvian, Japanese, Romanian, Hebrew. / Deployment guide and group policy template 2.1.2 (for Windows 8 only) 1.7.6 (for Windows 8.1 only) 1.3.4 (recommended for Windows 10 up to Anniversary Update, 1607) 2.9.1 (recommended for Windows 10 up to Anniversary Update, 1607)
Version ++2.9.9 3 March 2021Support for Windows 10 21H1 Version ++2.9.8 24 December 2020Support for Windows 10 Insider builds 2127x Version ++2.9.7 16 October 2020Support for Windows 10 Insider builds 2023x Version ++2.9.5 3 September 2020Fixed taskbar z-ordering degradation Version ++2.9.4 1 September 2020Fixed compatibility with older Windows 10 builds Version ++2.9.3 «Medium Update» 30 August 2020Medium and large icon sizes for pinned / All programs listsColorized default start button and All programs scrollbar Version ++2.9.2 «Perfection» 27 July 2020Support for ARM64 systemsAlways pixel perfect taskbar and start menu icons Version ++2.9.1 «Super Polishing» 25 April 2020Support for start menu live resizingTons of fixes and performance improvements Version ++2.9 9 January 2020Supports Windows 10 version 2004Reinstates UseWin32TrayClockExperience registry key supportAdds obscure Win+Shift+Alt+Esc hotkey to terminate hang foreground applicationProvides new update download experience Version ++2.8.9 5 September 2019Fix taskbar not hiding on 1903 when closing Start menu in fullscreen apps Version ++2.8.8 4 August 2019Fix Custom folders list lost after 1903 upgrade Version ++2.8.7 17 July 2019Improved dynamic taskbar transparencyFix Run as administrator missing from UWP desktop apps Version ++2.8.6 27 June 2019Fix Windows Sandbox missing from apps list Version ++2.8.5 14 April 2019Fix non-hybrid shutdown used Version ++2.8.4 9 April 2019Fix reboot not working if other users are logged in Version ++2.8.3 1 April 2019Support for newer Version 1903 buildsFile sharing via dropping / pasting files on modern app shortcuts Version ++2.8.2 23 February 2019Fix light and dark mode issuesReboot now honors “Use my sign-in info to reopen apps after restart” option Version ++2.8.1 11 February 2019Fix jump list color missing with non-acrylic blurStart menu will default to All programs view if My programs view is empty Version ++2.8 8 February 2019Support for Windows 10 Version 1903: Light Mode support Light Mode Plain10 style Dynamic taskbar transparency Centered taskbar icons Segmented taskbarTaskbar Perks is a paid add-on if you bought personal (not business or reseller) license before Feb 4, 2019 (at old price).You don”t need to pay anything if you don”t need this new particular functionality!

Version ++2.7.3 21 October 2018Fix minor issues on 1809Switched web links to HTTPS Version ++2.7.2 6 October 2018Fix `Display start screen shortcut` not working on 1809 Version ++2.7.1 20 September 2018Support for Windows 10 Version 1809: Dark Mode for Plain8 style Dark Mode for configuration app Dark Mode for Windows Run dialog Dark Mode for Windows Desktop tooltipsImproved right-side of the start menu: Thumbnails for custom folders are shown Custom file folders can be renamed inplace Custom folder glyphs can be selected Settings pages can be pinned to the right side Glyph is shown on shutdown buttonDeveloper improvements for Modern apps: Open Folder for modern app from extended context menu Copy AppID for modern app from extended context menu Version ++2.6.4 9 June 2018Support for newer Insider buildsVarious fixes and improvements Version ++2.6.3 17 May 2018Various fixes and improvements Version ++2.6.2 28 March 2018Support for Windows 10 Version 1803 (Spring Creators Update)Various fixes and improvements Version ++2.6.1 5 March 2018Support for silent uninstall: rev-conf.orgCfg.exe /uninstall /silentVarious fixes and improvements Version ++2.6 8 February 2018Support for Windows 10 Spring 2018 update pre-release buildsAcrylic and Acrylic+ blurring styles are addedMicrosoft Edge prelaunching can be disabledAdded Properties context menu item for metro appsVarious fixes and improvements Version ++2.5.2 11 October 2017Improved compatibility with 7+ Taskbar TweakerMinor improvements and bugfixes Version ++2.5.1 3 September 2017Improved compatibility with third-party stylesMinor improvements and bugfixes Version ++2.5 «JumplistIsBack» 23 August 2017 Support for Windows 10 Fall Creators update Minor improvements and bugfixes Version ++2.0.9 8 May 2017Fixed Youdao Dictionary crashing on some systems Version ++2.0.8 1 May 2017Regression fix – start menu does not work without glyphs Version ++2.0.7 29 April 2017Improved start menu responsiveness Fixed RTL issues Version ++2.0.6 19 April 2017 Fixed incorrect taskbar icons Version ++2.0.5 14 April 2017 Taskbar icons margins can be optionally increased now “Pin to Start menu” context menu item is removed if SIB start menu is not used Addressed reported minor regressions in user experience Lots of minor fixes Version ++2.0.1 «Creators Update» 26 March 2017 NEW: Full taskbar skinning! Windows 7 and Windows 8 taskbar styles included NEW: Improved configuration UI for finer personalization NEW: Ability to change style of taskbar and start menu context menus NEW: PC Settings can be expaned into menu Improved PC Settings search Improved dynamic high DPI support for start menu, orb and configurator Added support for opening files via drag&drop on metro app icons in start menu Lot of minor improvements and various bugfixes Version ++1.3.4 9 October 2016 Support for newer Insider builds Version ++1.3.3 15 August 2016 Fixed: Sleep from Start menu broke Action center button Version ++1.3.2 21 July 2016 Various fixes and minor improvements Version ++1.3.1 30 June 2016 Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update Improved Plain10 flyout menus Version ++1.3 19 June 2016 Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update New feature to disable application preloader on Windows 10 Anniversary Update Improved Plain10 visual style (search results are no longer black on white) now does not require reinstallation after Windows build upgrade Added glyph icons to PC settings Added support for non-numeric metro icon badges Added “Open file location” for jumplist items Various fixes and improvements Version ++1.2.1 6 February 2016 Support for newer Insider builds Version ++1.2 20 December 2015 NEW: Taskbar skinning! provides taskbar skinning with third-party msstyles as well as built-in Windows 7 style Improved start menu performance Fixed slow windows animations on some systems Fixed some items not opening from search results Various minor improvements and fixes Version ++1.1.8 21 November 2015 Fixed Win+X menu on build 10240 Version ++1.1.7 16 November 2015 Support for Windows 10 Version 1511 (November update) Version ++1.1.6 25 October 2015 Ability to enter Advanced Startup when shift-clicking Reboot Tweak to configure user avatar animation Fixed metro app icons not loading Fixed Switch user shutdown option Version ++1.1.5 6 October 2015 NEW: Start menu animation Version ++1.1.2 19 September 2015 Fixed Plain10 skin issues on some systems Fixed start button misbehaving on some systems Version ++1.1.0 13 September 2015 NEW: Plain10 skin, Windows 10 style Minor improvements Version ++1.0.4 2 September 2015 Fixed minor issues Version ++1.0.3 16 August 2015 Fixed minor issues Version ++1.0.2 9 August 2015Windows logo button on tablet always opens system menu Fixed minor issues Version ++1.0.1 1 August 2015 Fixed minor issues Version ++1.0 29 July 2015
Version +1.7.6 24 October 2016 Digital signature updated Version +1.7.5 6 March 2015 Dynamic high-DPI start menu scale adjustment Start menu searches in PC settings as well Improved compatibility with Windows 10 Technical Preview Offline activation for enterprise licenses Fixed minor issues Version +1.7 22 November 2014 Compatibility with Stardock WindowBlinds Experimental compatibility with Windows 10 Technical Preview Fixed problems with KB3000850 update installed Fixed minor issues Version +1.6.2 15 May 2014 Fixed: incorrect start menu position on some multi-mon configurations Fixed: problems to install on Windows 2012 R2 Terminal Server Version +1.6.1 20 April 2014 Advanced startup shutdown option: hold shift when invoking shutdown options Fixed: top edge could be wrongly enabled on desktop Version +1.6 5 April 2014 Version +1.5.2 10 January 2014 Flyout menus use menu font, start menu selection and look better with high DPI Updated translations Version +1.5.1 25 December 2013 Start Menu is responsive at all times regardless of Windows disk icon cache Bottom-left screen edge changed:* It”s possible again to use both new start button and bottom-left hot corner when taskbar is on bottom (non-default start button orb has to be used)* On secondary monitors, turn on “enable all screen edges on secondary monitors” and turn off “open start menu on active monitor” to use original start button onlyFixed: UAC dialog may be invisible with specific UAC settingsFixed: Start button may be absent with specific RDP / monitor login Version +1.5 20 December 2013
Version +1.0.5 8 November 2013Default start button selection covers whole taskbar DLLs are now digitally signed tooFixed: running search items with parameters didn”t workFixed: minor issues with right-button-drag on start menu itemsFixed: userpic could display wrong on domain-joined machines Version +1.0.4 31 October 2013Flat selection is used for flyout menus with flat stylesSearch shortcut is not shown in All Programs menuBetter Modern UI icons in high contrast white modeTap & hold-ing shut down button on touch screen shuts down without “slide to shutdown”Trial & updates are also checked when you unlock your sessionrev-conf.orgCfg and StartScreen commands can be executed from Run dialogStart button and user picture are rejuvenated when video driver crashes (CloverTrail)Fixed: can”t remove pinned shortcuts of deleted gamesFixed: programs can”t be dragged into start menu from XP styled All programsFixed: start button did not close start menu on touchscreen Version +1.0.3 26 October 2013Fixed: return to last used environment didn”t work properly in some configurationsFixed: start menu issues with NVIDIA surroundFixed: high contrast theme became transparentFixed: wallpaper on start screen could be shifted Version +1.0.2 21 October 2013Updated and new translations”Resize to fit taskbar” when adding orb is off by defaultFixed: PuTTY jumplist issueFixed: uninstall folder security bugFixed: Start screen screenshot could be offsetFixed: Start screen animation did not play first time Version +1.0.1 16 October 2013Support for Win7 userpic animation tweakingFixed configurator error on some rare PCs species Version +1.0 10 October 2013
Version 2.1.2 30 August 2013New: Latvian, Bulgarian translation Fixed: minor configuration program issues Updated group policy file Version 2.1.1 26 June 2013New: Lithuanian translation Fixed: installer could fail to replace files Fixed: new version notification could be erroneously displayed Restricted installer to not install on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview versions Version 2.1 15 May 2013 Hot: Advanced option – Show taskbar on Start screen. Very useful on tablets! Configurator fully supports high-DPI screens and RTL languages Desktop toast notification is shown when new version is available “Pin to Start menu” is available in all programs context menus, not just in File Explorer Excluded shortcuts for system shortcuts available in right pane from MFU Multiple license activations are possible on the same Windows installation, same license key, but different hardware Fix: “Start is apps” feature breaking toast notifications Fix: closing desktop returns to desktop New translations Version 2.0.2 12 Mar 2013 Improved compatibility with non-fullscreen modern apps Shortcuts for games are no longer created in Games start menu subfolder. Games can be searched from Start menu search Fix: Start Screen shortcut was removed by some cleaners Version 2.0.1 5 Mar 2013 Fix: crash in Windows XP style All Programs list Updated translations Version 2.0 3 Mar 2013What”s new in this major release:New skin and orb imageGreatly improved Appearance UIModern Apps (Start Apps) are included into MFU and all programs list (optional)Shortcut to Start Screen in Start MenuOption to display all programs as multi-column flyout menu (Windows XP style)Option to enable Start Screen hot corner on desktopBottom-left hot corner configurationOption to configure what happens when Modern app closesAdvanced Win hotkeys configuration optionsOption to hide Start buttonOption to disable rev-conf.orgSome useful Windows settings at handGroup Policy supportFixed:Programs removed from MFU program list could return thereSecondary tiles for modern apps are excluded from MFU and new program highlightingSearch no longer finds faux shortcuts (Desktop, PC settings, Windows Store)Pinned items are automatically renamed if renamed from shortcut propertiesShortcuts for games with dot in name could be created incorrectlyUninstall could fail to remove installation directoryWindows key could fail to show start menu on some systemsSearch could be slow to update search results and iconsSwitching users could squish start menuIncorrect blending in start button hover animation
Version 1.3.3 18 Jan 2013 Fix: could fail to work on some systems with DEP enabled Version 1.3.2 12 Jan 2013 Fix: new program highlighting errorneusly fired for new users and roaming profiles Fix: orb unhides when hidden taskbar is shown (IrfanView) Fix: icons could fail to show in program list Version 1.3.1 5 Jan 2013 Fix: program highlighting could work incorrectly Fix: moving metro apps between monitors didn”t update hot corners Windows 7 start menu pinned items are migrated on first install Startup programs are launched without 10 second delay Shortcuts for newly installed games are created in Games start menu subfolder New translations Version 1.3 26 Dec 2012 Fix: MFU app list could contain duplicate item Fix: Start orb could be moved by rogue programs Fix: license activation for all users could fail on some systems Fix: shortcuts created by Windows Installer didn”t show “Pin to Start Menu” Hot corners are enabled for Modern apps only for monitor where they”re open on Newly installed programs are properly highlighted Right-to-left Windows languages are now supported License key is no longer stored as a plain text Improved start menu performance AeroByDesign skin updated New translations Version 1.2.1 7 Dec 2012 Fix: user frame could be incorrectly placed for bottom taskbar Version 1.2 6 Dec 2012 New: skins! now supports start menu skins without third-party tools; two beautiful ones included New: option to combine start button menu with Win+X menu New: option to hide user account picture New: shortcut for configuring Start menu in Control Panel Fix: hibernate shutdown option could fail to show in configurator Fix: high contast themes start menu issues Installing for all users no longer requires log off New translations is now digitally signed Version 1.1 20 Nov 2012 Fix: opening start button context menu did not prevent autohide Fix: uninstall could fail to remove settings / license Fix: taskbar unhide didn”t work in start button area New: silent install (/silent for user install; /elevated /silent for machine install; if machine must be run with admin rights; does not start explorer back) New: option to start with start screen New: option to call start screen with Win key New alternate orb (by PainteR) New translations Less restrictions (same as in Windows 7) on items which can be pinned to start menu Start button context menu shows same items as in Windows 7 Version 1.0 9 Nov 2012
First official version

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If you want to use at business environment, you should buy Business is perfectly suited for corporate use: 100% compatible with all Windows 7 start menu group policies and settings + has additional group policies which will help you restrict featuresas well as customize appearance.

Additional features provided by Business License

Offline license activation (Only licenses for 1000PC and up).Priority e-mail support.Business Edition License Agreement


Does Business license requires downloading special version?

No. Currently, Business license key is applicable to standard version you download.

Can I split, resell my license key?

No. You can”t resell, split, sublicense, lease or rent your license key. You may want to resell Personal Edition instead.

How do I proceed with offline activation?

Offline activation is possible with version 1.7.5 and later and only available to license keys for 1000PC or more. To use it, either:

Prepare OS image with installed and activated online; such image won”t be tied to hardware, orSave activation response when using “Activate by web browser” request and use it on another PC, orContact support

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