If ever we needed proof that we, computer users, are a fickle lot, we need look no further than the rather strange freeware called “Start Killer”.
Ever since the initial Windows 8 release, forums and tech sites have been inundated with complaints about the missing Start button and Start Menu. In fact, if you had to pick the most common criticism of Windows 8 from consumers, it would undoubtedly have to be these missing Start components.
Imagine my surprise then when I came across this freeware called Start Killer which is specifically designed to… wait for it… get rid of the Start button, including an option to also get rid of the Start Menu. Here is the official description from the developer:
Remarkably, and certainly ironically, almost 20,000 users have downloaded Start Killer from CNET Download.com to date… and that’s just one download source, how many more might have acquired the software from other download sites or direct from the developer is anyone’s guess.
Note also the high ratings from both Editor and users. According to user reviews published on CNET, they are unanimously grateful to be rid of the Start components:
- The “Start Menu” has annoyed since two days after Windows 95 was released. “Start Killer” is just what I was looking for.
- I was pleasantly surprised when I found this program. I am an avid minimalist when it comes to my desktop and this utility has definitely found a place in my heart.
- Gives you an extra space in the taskbar. This is undoubtedly one of the more useful of the cosmetic tweaks.
The CNET Editors’ review also includes the following quotes:
- Getting rid of this not-particularly-necessary button can actually free up a lot of space on your Taskbar.
- Start Killer is based on the premise that most people don’t actually need the Start button on their desktop.
“Not particularly necessary”? “Don’t actually need the Start button”? Makes you wonder if Microsoft read these reviews prior to designing Windows 8.
In what could perhaps be described as the ultimate irony; on the one hand we have thousands of users railing about the missing Start button and Menu, on the other hand we have thousands of users who want to rid themselves of the very same components.
You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time” ~ John Lydgate
- Start Killer listing and reviews on CNET download.com here: http://download.cnet.com/Start-Killer/3000-2072_4-10300769.html
- Start Killer home page here: http://www.startkiller.com/