In pictures: The desktop lover's guide to supercharging Windows 8.1

Don't like the Metro interface? Here's the best way to banish it and boost your productivity.

Get Start8 There’s no Start menu like the old Start menu. You can choose from dozens of Start menu replacements -- our own Serdar Yegulalp has nine options in this Test Center analysis -- but the one I keep coming back to is Stardock’s Start8.

Start8 actually works better than the Windows 7 Start menu. Try it free for 30 days. Keep it, and Start8 will set you back $4.99.

While you’re at it, seriously consider getting Stardock’s ModernMix -- there’s an offer to download it at the same time as Start8. You may want to run a Metro app some day (forgive my blasphemy), and the way to do it is inside a window on your desktop, the ModernMix way.

10 of 11

Comments on this image

There are currently no comments for this image.

Comments are now closed.

Related Slideshows

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?