Free App To Make Your Windows 8 Start Screen More Useful


If you're using Windows 8.x you're probably also using the new Start screen.  Well, unless you're like me and you spent ages making Windows 8 behave like Win7, and you always use the desktop.  But hey, let's not go there!

While the new Start screen is an OK place to find all your program icons, it doesn't really do much else.  Which is why I was quite impressed to hear about a program called Start Screen Unlimited, which aims to address that shortcoming.

Start Screen Unlimited adds a bar of icons and gadgets to your Start screen, so you can do more.  The free version gives you buttons to access the power menu and the Windows control panel, as well as a Google search bar.  Plus a clock and calendar.  You can move the bar around the Start screen, too, by dragging with the blue "infinity" icon.

The paid-for Pro version gives you more features and widgets, and also allows for commercial use.

Start Screen Unlimited Lite is a 2 MB download from and works on Windows 8 and 8.1.  It's malware-free according to Web of Trust and VirusTotal.  




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I normally just use classicshell.

ClassicShell works for me.

All I need is to pile more unnecessary cr@p on my machine. Especially when my objective is to stay rid of the Start Screen. This "Start Screen" should never even have been applied to PC's in the first place. In fact, I think originally it was not intended to be. Well, that's just my opinion.

I had a custom computer built by a local shop and let them talk me into installing Windows 8 rather than 7, an OS that I liked and with which I was very familiar. Confusion and hate for Windows 8 immediately ensued. The solution for me was a small third party program called [commercial program edited]. Voila, Windows 7 style start menu, my favorite Windows 7 wallpaper, Windows 7 task tray were back! There are other similar programs that are free.( If for some reason I want to go to the metro start page, the Windows 7 style start menu gives me that option. In sum, what I have now for all practical daily computing purposes is an enhanced and improved version of Windows 7. No more frustration, no more hate.

ClassicShell & SkipMetroSuite

MS keep foisting things on to us, AND blocking us from doing things the way we used to (and prefer).
We mutter slightly, then follow like sheep.
I would much prefer it, if we did not learn to live with their arrogant foisting, thus sending a strong signal to stop letting their young programmers foist stuff on to us.
Then perhaps they will re-employ mature Analysts, to prevent their arrogance and stupidity.
Please nobody adapt to their Start screen, and instead use Classic Shell ETC, to get Windows back to the way it should be.