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Windows 7: Start Menu Alternative for Windows 7

15 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
Start Menu Alternative for Windows 7

Dear SF Members,

I am pleased to announce the release of Start Menu Reviver from ReviverSoft!

What is Start Menu Reviver?

Start Menu Reviver is a product that replaces the default Windows 7 start menu with an attractive Metro-style interface to enable maximum productivity using your Windows Desktop screen.

This product is touch-optimized and works with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Why try Start Menu Reviver?

Start Menu Reviver is the only Start Menu replacement product with the following features:
  • It's FREE
  • Innovative, customizable tile-based system
  • Links to hundreds of tips for your version of Windows
  • Works on Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Provides a modern, forward-thinking user interface
  • Can link to websites, shortcuts, apps, documents and media

You can read all about it here: Start Menu Reviver

Let us know what you think!

Happy Computing,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).

I've just been for a look, and it certainly doesn't look or sound too bad.

I don't have too much of an issue with the Win 7 start menu, but do miss it in Windows 8. Currently I'm using Ivo's very good Classic Shell, but I will be giving this one a try.

Thanks for posting.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64

Thanks for the feedback, Wenda.

With Windows 7, SMR offers you a refreshing, new Start Menu with elements of the Metro interface. One that can be customized and personalized to great extent, while offering you full start menu functionality. You get the best of both worlds.

Unlike Classic Shell, we aren't trying to simulate the W7 start menu or break it down further, but enhance the overall experience with a modern touch. Speaking of which it is also completely touch-optimized for Windows.

Feel free to give Start Menu Reviver a try on Windows 8 and let us know what you think.

We're working very hard to improve the functionality and performance of Start Menu Reviver, so every bit of feedback counts.


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22 May 2013   #4

Windows 10 x64

Sweet, glad to see people customizing Windows 8. I might move to it next year.
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16 Oct 2013   #5

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

i know this thread is old but thanks for this i have problems with my w7 start menu searching so i am using this with great success :)
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16 Oct 2013   #6

windows 7

Windows 8.1 still gets no start menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glassofwater View Post
Windows 8.1 still gets no start menu.
But you get the start button back
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2013   #8

windows 7

Yeah, though not the one I want, at least I got one.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glassofwater View Post
Windows 8.1 still gets no start menu.
But you get the start button back
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2013   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

@ reviversoft

i've had this installed for about 3 days now (windows 7). very light weight. the download is 5.37mb. glad to say i haven't experienced any problems on the system yet. first i thought having stardock FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 [2] installed on the system, there would have been conflict issues between the two, but that hasn't happened.

it looks a bit intimidating at first glance but 2-3 minuets with it and you realise how simple it is to use. i like the fact that it allows customizing the interface to suit you.

one refreshing aspect of "start menu revival" is it's ability to creat shortcuts to system tools. i already had shortcuts to tools that i use frequently on my dsktop created from these tutorials[2]=Shortcuts. surprisingly, these shortcuts are created automatically by "start menu revival" which i think is a plus.

the down side is, if you are accustom to using the standard windows 7 start menu, you might find it just a little irritating locating items at first. i was looking for "windows update" so on the extended menu panel, i selected "programs" which is where you would normally find it with the rest of installed programs, using windows 7 start menu, but it wasn't there. i eventually found it under settings in the "charm panel" to the left of the interface. no big deal but...

now, changing start button style, the instruction is to: Right-click or hold your finger on the Start button and select Settings. In the Settings window of Start Menu Reviver, locate Start Menu Button Style, select the style you wish to use from the drop-down box, and click or tap Save". the problem is, when you right click on the start button and select settings, what you see is: a)start menu size, b)language, c)expanded menu. d)expanded menu shows. no "start menu button style" i'm wondering if i need to download this thing again?

one last thing, when i right click on a tile and select to edit the tile, i'm not able to change the tile background colour. after selecting a colour, clicking ok and save, nothing happens.


1) selecting programs from the drop-down menu should show all the programs just the way we are accustomed to seing them under windows 7 start menu "all programs"

2) the charm column panel should be expandable just like the expandable menu panel to the right

3) should be able to decide which 7 items shows up on the charm menu panel

4) should be able to adjust the font size for the items showing up on the charm panel....a little too big as is

5) what's with the size of the boader? half the size it is now will be just perfect

all in all, it's a very convenient app, beautifully done, i like it. give it a try. i haven't really spent much time with it so if anything i've suggested already exists, then pls forgive. thanks for posting at the forum. no way would i have found out about this.

edit: there is a new version....Start Menu Reviver version claims to have fixed some of these issues. haven't tried it yet

....junior member
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