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Should I remove Start8?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,941
United States Rank #12,947
Reach 0.0428%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.34 days
187.12 days >
Average installed length: 98.32 days


1.10 11.14%
1.1 4.62%
1.09.3 0.12%
1.09.2 0.12%
1.09 Beta 2 1.07%
1.09 0.36%
1.03 19.19%
1.02 9.60%
1.01 5.33%
1.00 10.43%
1.0 34.83%
0.98 0.59%
0.95 0.59%
0.90 0.47%
0.87 0.12%
0.86 0.71%
0.85 0.71%

Typically installed together

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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. Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements.


Start8 is a program developed by Stardock. The most used version is 1.0, 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 Start8Srv.exe. The software installer includes 32 files and is usually about 13.47 MB (14,120,276 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 34% of users of Start8 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

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: 13.47 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Start8

Program executable:Start8Srv.exe
Name:Stardock Start8
Stardock Start8 Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8Srv.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
  • Start8Config.exe - Stardock Start8 Configuration Utility
  • Start8Srv.exe - Stardock Start8 Service
  • sddlc.dll - Stardock SDDLC (SDDLC)
  • SDActivate.exe - Activate (Product Activation)
  • uninstall.exe (by Indigo Rose) - Setup Factory Runtime (Setup Application)
  • lua5.1.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:772 KB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00002654%
0.016088% average
Memory:718.29 KB
Total CPU:0.0000103206%
Kernel CPU:0.00000558%
User CPU:0.00000474%
CPU cycles/sec:708
Memory:714.67 KB
Total CPU:0.0001080434%
Kernel CPU:0.00009515%
User CPU:0.00001289%
CPU cycles/sec:1,151

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 XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 98.10%
Windows 7 1.78%
Windows XP 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8 Pro 43.82%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 14.49%
Windows 8 12.11%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 5.11%
Windows 8 Single Language 4.75%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.97%
  Germany 7.24%
  France 4.43%
  United Kingdom 3.69%
  Thailand 3.25%
  Canada 3.10%
  Italy 2.66%
  DZ 2.51%
  Spain 2.22%
  Mexico 2.07%
  Netherlands 2.07%
  Russia 1.77%
  Belgium 1.48%
  Brazil 1.48%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.39%
Dell 18.03%
Acer 13.28%
ASUS 12.52%
Toshiba 9.68%
Lenovo 7.02%
Samsung 6.83%
Intel 2.66%
Medion 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.23%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.82%
Dell XPS 8500 2.42%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.02%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.02%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.61%

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

comments3 comments

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user comment
jrc-fcover a year ago
Program works, sort-of. But typing in the search box displays a font that is outsized (obsure, hard to read) and cannot be corrected by changing screen fonts or resolution. This might qualify as an early experimental beta of a beta, not by any stretch a finished program, worthy of spending money - even $5
user comment
WasSatisfyUntil over a year ago
Problem with Start8 after updating to Win8.1 . Cant uninstall the program.
user comment
Yohoover a year ago
It's a fantastic add on for those who want to bring back the start menu, it's even possible to remove the charms and bars of windows 8 from inside Start8. The problem is that I don't know how to uninstall apps from within the start 8 menu, and also the pc hangs up sometimes with the dock installed, but these are minor issues of a very good product. I hope they get fixed soon though.