In Pictures: 5 tricks to restore the Windows 8 Start menu

As everybody knows, the Start button is not included in Windows 8, and Microsoft has vowed not to put it back. If you’d rather not be forced to use the full-screen, tile-based UI, called Modern, here are five alternative programs that install on Windows 8.

RetroUI

Developer: Thinix

Price: $4.95

RetroUI is a user-interface melding of Modern with the old Windows Start menu. This program places its Start button and the Windows 8 Desktop Mode’s taskbar along the bottom of the Modern app-launcher menu. Clicking RetroUI’s Start button opens a panel for launching your applications, but the overall design is based on large rectangle and square panels, so it doesn’t look as familiar. RetroUI appears to have been devised to play nice still with a touchscreen for mobile device users.

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