Get you start menu back in Windows 8 or replace your start menu in the other Windows versions with ViStart 8 Windows Start Menu. A free software by

ViStart 8 is more than the official Windows start menu. The new ViStart 8 is completely redesigned/rewritten with the release of Windows 8 in mind so people can have their start menu back in Windows 8. But ViStart 8 is also the ultimate start menu replacement for the start menu in Windows 7, Vista and XP.

ViStart 8 has all the functionality the Windows 7 Start menu has and then some more. ViStart 8 is completely skinable and there are already lot’s of extra start menu skins and start menu buttons available to customize your Windows look that you can download from the website.

One of the special new skins is the Windows 8 Start menu Metro Style skin. Another improved feature is the search that works even faster than the original search from the Microsoft start menu.

Links for download and more info : Vistart 8 Home pageWindows 8 Start menuVistart 8 Start menu downloadVistart Windows start menu Manual

New Features of Vistart 8 Windows Start Menu

Ultra Jumplists

Sometimes it’s handy to see the recently opened files opened for a particular program. These files now appear on the left hand side of the ViStart start menu. When you see a small arrow on the right side of a program, click it to see the most recently opened files for that application.
Better still, ViStart finds even more files than what the original Windows start menu would.

Personalised Pinned Lists.

Well we’ve ditched the “Internet” and “Email” part of the start menu to make way for pin lists. Now you can right click any program in the start menu and select “Pin to start menu”. Pinned items are essentially shortcuts that appear on the left hand panel in the start menu until they are manually removed by the user.

Super Indexing and Improved File Searching that’s better AND faster than Microsoft’s!

Originally ViStart would only find files from your documents, now ViStart can find files all over your computer. Whatever Microsoft’s start menu can do ViStart can do better. ViStart now shows you more files and more applications that wouldn’t even appear in the windows start menu. There’s more. ViStart now shows you the program’s descriptions instead of executable names where possible. Where the windows start menu would show you “regedit”, ViStart will show you “Registry Editor”. Also we’ve finally added icons to the search results.

Context menus and right click support

Finally with right click support you can run programs as administrator, pin programs to the start menu and access the properties of any file or program straight from start menu.

ViStart showing 'windows' search results
ViStart showing ‘windows’ search results

More Info on Vistart 8

Homepage : /vistart/

Contact us : /contact/

Download ViStart 8: windows-start-menu-vistart.exe

Press Release url : Vistart-press-release.html


  1. Ilan

    My Vistart button moved to upper left corner of the screen. How do I move it to lower left corner?

    • Lee

      re-arrange the taskbar position when vistart is closed to the correct position. Then re-open vistart

  2. Eric

    Can this be updated for Windows 10?

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  4. Perth

    Hi, It’s greet software. I was looking for something like this. Thank you

  5. Terra Wolfe

    How do I uninstall vistart? [email protected] I really need to do this. Someone else configured my computer and I need to get stuff off and put stuff on properly Please help me.

  6. Lee Chantrey

    The same way you would uninstall any other application on your Windows computer.

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