How to Enable Start Menu and Start Orb on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

One of the biggest changes in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the Removal of Start Orb along with the Good o’l Start Menu with it,a move which was said to be necessary to emphasize on the Metro UI and the new Start Screen Page with Tiles making it more touch friendly.

But with many likings for the new Metro UI also come many dislikes as well.So for those who don’t like to use the Metro UI and those who want to bring back the Start Button along with the Start Menu,ViStart is the way to go.It was initially  designed for bring  the Windows Vista’s Start Menu to Windows XP,but it also works for the Windows 8 versions as well,thanks to the recent updates to the software.
Here’s ..... how to do it?
  • First of all download the Vistart app make sure that you skip the additional optional downloads while installing the app).
  • After installing the app you will get the Start button on the taskbar,but it will overlap with the first pinned taskbar icon.

As you can see the Start button overlaps the Internet Explorer icon to fix that issue,you have to create a new toolbar using the following steps,
  • Create a New Folder on Desktop as shown below.
 After Creating the folder  you need to Right Click on the Windows Taskbar >Toolbars >New Toolbar to create new toolbar  from the menu.

 Browse through the  newly created folder and select the folder.

 Now right-click on the  taskbar and uncheck “Lock The Taskbar”option from the menu.

 This will unlock the Taskbar so now you can move the “New Folder” Taskbar element anywhere on the Taskbar,so position the element to the Start Orb.

  Now right click on the taskbar element “New folder”  which is under the Start orb and uncheck the  “Show Text” and “Show title” in the menu.

 Now you have the Start Button and the Start Menu running on your Windows 8 Consumer Preview

3 Responses to “How to Enable Start Menu and Start Orb on Windows 8 Consumer Preview”

no nonsense a dit…
3 mars 2012 à 23:59

 Microsoft now totally removed the Start Menu from Windows 8 and replaced it with the Start Screen. We decided to do something about it and created a petition to ask Microsoft to bring back the Start Menu.  If Microsoft enables the ability for us to choose between the interfaces, then everybody should be happy even those who like the new interface. For this petition to be successful we need a few million signatures; this seems impossible, but can be done. Go to for more information.  

I’m not looking for free traffic to my site, if you could just share the direct petition link that will be perfect and be a tremendous help. Only those who can see the invisible can accomplish the impossible.

Hardik Shah a dit…
4 mars 2012 à 01:35

Nice idea and a substitute

Asok Asus a dit…
1 avril 2012 à 11:24

Just wanted to note that Classic Shell 3.5.0 has just been released, and it works beautifully on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, providing a highly functional and highly customizable Start Menu, as well as allowing one to substantially augment the Explorer ribbon, providing the ability to add a whole row of traditional Explorer function icons.. I think Classic Shell is a much better alternative than ViStart. In fact, I like Classic Shell better than than the Vista and Windows 7 Start Menus anyway. Classic Shell can be downloaded at:

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