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Lenovo Adds Start Menu to Windows 8 PCs with Bloatware

by Todd Haselton | August 22, 2013August 22, 2013 11:00 pm PDT


Windows 8.1 will allow you to boot to the desktop and access the Start menu, alleviating any need to ever see Microsoft’s Windows 8 experience user interface If you can’t wait until that launch in October, however, you might want to consider one of Lenovo’s new computers. They new products are launching with the Start menu working right out of the box.

The Start menu is provided by a firm called SweetLabs, according to GeekWire, which added its “Pokki” software to Lenovo’s systems. It’s a bit of bloatware, though, since that means you’re also going to see the Pokki application store inside the Start menu. The experience looks pretty similar to what Windows users interacted with for years, most recently with Windows Vista and then Windows 7. When Windows 8.1 launches, Microsoft’s own Start screen will be there, but it’s going to look a bit different and instead will show the Start Screen, which isn’t the same as the Start Menu. Yeah, it’s confusing, and we’re still scratching our heads as to why Microsoft wanted to get rid of a staple that millions of users were used to using.

We’re not so sure we want the kind of bloatware that Pokki is on our computers, but if you really want something close to the old Start menu, than this is a good option. There are also a number of tweaks out there, if you’re willing to get your hands dirty.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...