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What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,484
United States Rank #16,827
Reach 0.0127%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.07 days
149.49 days >
Average installed length: 78.55 days


1.12 36.80%
1.11 62.40%
1.10.1 0.80%

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What is Start8?  (from Stardock)

We put the "Start" menu back in Windows 8. We accurately recreated the most used desktop feature billions of users depend on every day and packed it with additional functionality. Start8 returns the same Windows 7-style Start menu you have depended upon, while adding enhancements just for Windows 8. Quickly access your...  Read more


Start8 is a program developed by Stardock. The most used version is 1.11, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is start8config.exe. The software installer includes 64 files and is usually about 15.75 MB (16,514,450 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows XP. While about 53% of users of Start8 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.stardock.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\uninstall.exe" "/C:C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Uninstall\uninstall.xml"
Estimated size: 15.75 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Start8

Program executable:start8config.exe
Name:Stardock Start8
Stardock Start8 Configuration Utility
Path:C:\Program Files\stardock\start8\start8config.exe
Additional files:
  • Start8tweak.exe - Stardock Start8 Advanced Tweaks
  • SasUpgrade.exe - Stardock Application Services (Sas License Upgrade)
  • SdAppServices.dll
  • SdDisplay.exe - SdDisplay
  • Stardock.ApplicationServices.dll - Stardock.ApplicationServices
  • Start8Shell32.dll - Start8 Shell Extension
  • Start8Shell64.dll
  • DeElevate.exe - DeElevate Application (De-elevation tool)
  • DeElevate64.exe
  • Start8ThemeEdit.exe - Start8 Theme Editor
  • ExtractS8Theme.exe - Stardock Start8 (Stardock Start8 Theme Extractor)
  • hlp.exe
  • Start8.exe - Start8
  • Start8_32.dll - Start button for Windows 8
  • Start8_64.dll
  • Start8_64.exe
  • Start8Srv.exe - Stardock Start8 Service
  • Start8stub.exe - Stardock Start8 Stub Utility
  • SDActivate.exe - Activate (Product Activation)
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)
  • DeElevator.dll
  • DeElevator64.dll
  • lua5.1.dll
  • sddlc.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • Start8Srv.exe runs as a service named 'Stardock Start8' (Start8) "Stardock Start8 Service".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Start8.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Start8' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8.exe".
  • Start8_64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Start8_64' and executes as C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8_64.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Start8_64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Start8_64' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8_64.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Start8Srv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8Srv.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:600 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001562677%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00011784%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003843%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,834
8,062,084 average
Memory:1.23 MB
Total CPU:0.0001232130%
Kernel CPU:0.00011434%
User CPU:0.00000888%
CPU cycles/sec:10,613
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes
Memory:1.11 MB
Total CPU:0.0000749037%
Kernel CPU:0.00006236%
User CPU:0.00001255%
CPU cycles/sec:89,535
I/O reads/min:767 Bytes

How do I remove Start8?

You can uninstall Start8 from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Start8, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Start8.

Win 10 98%
Win 7 (SP1) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 98.40%
Windows XP 0.80%
Windows 7 0.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8 Pro 32.13%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 27.31%
Windows 8 26.51%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.81%
Windows 8 Enterprise 2.81%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.55%
  Germany 11.68%
  Netherlands 5.11%
  Canada 4.01%
  Australia 2.92%
  United Kingdom 2.19%
  Belgium 1.46%
  France 1.46%
  Spain 1.46%
  Croatia 1.46%
  Brazil 1.09%
  Thailand 1.09%
  Colombia 1.09%
  Austria 1.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.24%
Hewlett-Packard 23.40%
Acer 12.77%
ASUS 10.64%
Samsung 4.96%
Lenovo 4.96%
Sony 2.84%
Toshiba 2.84%
Alienware 1.42%
Intel 1.42%
American Megatrends 0.71%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.46%
HP ENVY m6 Notebook PC 2.46%
Dell XPS L421X 2.46%
Dell XPS 8500 2.46%
ASUSTeK X501A 2.46%
Acer Predator G3620 2.46%

About Stardock

Stardock is a software development company that initially developed for the OS/2 platform, but switch to Windows.
Publisher URL: www.stardock.com


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