How To Enable the Start Menu In Windows 8.1[Tutorial]


Since the launch of Windows 8.1 RTM version, there was touted hype in the media about the much loved “Start Button and Start Menu”, from the classic Windows 7 style. All the users were all pumped up for the new release and the promises were true when the tech giant rolled out the awesome release of Windows 8.1 which, we reviewed a few days ago but the fans are not happy.

Why? The Start button is back but the real call, the main gist behind the button, the Start Menu is not here and you don’t get that useful Start menu just like we had in Windows 7. For opening Apps, you have an Apps Search bar and tiles but for other daily routines, where is the option? There are many third party solutions for this issue.

For example, there is a very popular program by StarDock called Start8, which is used around the world for getting the start button in Windows 8 and Start Menu back in Windows 8.1. However, this tool asks for a $5 lax from the pocket, so why not go the free way instead?pokki first screensAs always, the third party tools are on the rescue and we will tell you a free, easy to use and open source tool which you will be able to get that classic, lovely and useful Start Menu in Windows 8.1 back and make things more crispier. The program is called Pokki.

Just focus your lens now and follow the steps given below with screen shots.

1. Download and install Pokki. The screen will look something like this when you will hit the .exe file. The installation process is as easy as pie. No extra tool bars, in-app tools etc…


2. After the successful completion of the installation process, you will see an icon looking like an acorn on the left side of the task bar. Click it and you will experience a pop up of something like this image below.


3. Now Pokki will suggest some Apps and give you the option to choose all the Apps and programs you want in your new customized Start menu. You can easily select the App or program you want to see in the Start menu by clicking the star next to the icon of each App.


4. You can also use the Windows 8.1 Search bar to look for any file, folder or program you want to pin to the start menu.


That’s it. Enjoy the juicy customized and aesthetically pleasing Start Menu. Lets us know in the comments what you think about Pokki. We will be tipping you with more Windows 8 tips and tricks in the coming days.

One thought on “How To Enable the Start Menu In Windows 8.1[Tutorial]

  1. Many persons including myself lament the loss of the windows Start Menu in windows 8 and 8.1. There are several Programs which have been written to return the Start Menu. I have tried a couple of them and they might work for you. They didn’t for me. I however did find a simple work around and now have a fully functional start menu. The files used to create the Start Menu are still around and by simply locating them and creating a Taskbar Toolbar you can completely reinvent Your Start Menu. The new location will be on the right end of the taskbar. But every thing is there. You will still need to rightclick on the original location at the left end of the taskbar for those functions. The location of the start menu file is as follows: C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/StartMenu. To create the toolbar rightclick on the taskbar, and select Toolbars and then New toolbar… Browse to the StartMenu File, select it and then click Select Folder. The new Toolbar Start Menu will appear on your Taskbar at the right end. Clicking on the double arrow will produce a satisfying replacement for the original Start Menu. It is Free and easy Enjoy!!

Leave a Reply