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Start Menu for Windows 8 v1.5.7 by Exper1mental Start Menu for Windows 8 v1.5.7 by Exper1mental

Build Information

Release: v1.5.7

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System Requirements

Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 with Rainmeter 3.0.2+ ( installed.

Note: Internet Explorer sometimes renames .rmskin files to .zip files. If this happens you will need to go to the file location and rename it back to a .rmskin before running it.

Important: Using With a Portable Installation of Rainmeter
If you want to be able to launch the Start Menu from your windows taskbar using a portable installation of Rainmeter, a little tweaking is required.
1. In the Menu and MenuSmall folders there are subfolders called Link and LinkSmall. Contained in these are the .LNK shortcut files used to launch the menu from your taskbar.
2. Right click on the .LNK shortcut, select properties, and go to the shortcut tab
3. Replace the current folder paths for the Target and Start In parameters. Be sure not to delete the !ToggleConfig bang.

If you followed the steps correctly the taskbar Start Menu shortcuts should now run without problem on a portable installation of Rainmeter. If you have any further questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Release Notes

:new: More bug fixes
:new: Added six new icon packs

- Various bug fixes including to the broken Rainmeter update checker
- Compatibility improved for portable Rainmeter installations
- Added ability to check for Rainmeter beta releases
- Added confirmation popups when pressing shutdown, log off, and restart buttons
- Performance and appearance has been optimized
- Added auto-update checker to start menus (can be disabled in settings menu)
- Added new icon pack

- Fixed a bug in the update checker incorrectly displaying a new version available.

- The overall UI has been refined and updated and should have a much more metro feel
- There are now arrows above the power buttons that allow you to view the weather and wifi status in addition to the app list.
- Settings menus have been polished and simplified
- The outdated small Classic start menu has been updated with the new features (Metro still not available)
- There is now a guide accessible from the settings menu that will step you through the process of importing old application tile settings
- You can now search directly into Windows Explorer
- You can now use Locate32 to search your computer. Locate32 creates a search database in its folder to allow for near instant searches of anything on your computer. When selected as search engine there will be a button by the search bar to refresh its database (it does not update automatically.
And Much more!

- New Start Menu variant, the Metro Menu, which is only currently available in standard size.
- A separate settings menu has been added for the Metro Menu, including the abilities to change metro icons, the metro app background color, and the metro app icon tint.
- Several minor improvements to the Setup menu
- Improved flow of settings menus (not finished however)
- Fixed a text error in the setup section
- Moved part of the Change Log to a txt file in the ZIP folder
- File size reduced by deleting unused images

Please visit the Rainmeter forums thread for information about pre-v1.3.0 release builds (…).

Questions & Answers

What is this?
A skin for Rainmeter supported Operating Systems (excluding Win XP) to bring back the start menu and orb.

Do I have to have Rainmeter installed to use this?
Yes, you MUST have Rainmeter installed to use this Start Menu. In addition, you will need to update Rainmeter if your current version is older than v2.5.

How do I manually change one of my Apps icon, name, or path?
If you want to change that stuff manually, those variables (like the 7th app name) are in a file called

Its location should be this:
Go to %USERPROFILE% then Documents then Rainmeter then Skins then Start Menu and finially resources

How do I access the settings menu?

For the Classic start menu, click the black settings icon in the lower right-hand corner of the start menu.

For the Metro start menu, click the title called setting icon.


The credits section has grown too large and is now viewable as a popup from the Settings display of the skin.

Future Plans
  • Update the small start menu with all the new features
  • New start orbs
  • More icon packs
  • A Themes section
  • New backgrounds

and much more!

Suggestions, questions, thoughts, and feedback are welcome and encouraged. ;)


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witchhunttress Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
it looks amazing and easy to use
GingerTopo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
This is great. The only thing I can think of to improve this would be to have the window close when you click outside of it, similar to how the actual start menus work. I also have a question about changing the icons for the apps if you have the time. 
Exper1mental Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can add an option for the Start Menu to close when the mouse moves off of it (this for some reason causes the start menu to hide when u use the search bar though. It still lets you search, but the start menu itself will disappear) however having it close when clicking on something else is not possible with Rainmeter.

You should be able to change them by clicking "Settings" and then left-clicking on the icon you wish to modify (you hover over app icons in the settings menu for more info).

Hope that helps!
ragnarokthecount Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I like it, gives windows 7 a nice futuristic feel.
Exper1mental Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
witchhunttress Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
this makes start easier to use THANK YOU
Exper1mental Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it! :D
teromai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
i like it but how i can put in french? thanks a lots, beautiful work
Exper1mental Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

How can I put it in French?

Translate it or find someone fluent in both English and French. If someone could take English text and convert it into fluent French I could rewrite the code in French.

Did you mean:

Can I translate it into French?

Yes, as long as you give credit for the original work to me. (Preferable with a link to this page)

Orphydian Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it ! pls let me feature this in my metro design language group

Dont miss the notification when comes to accept and if you do then just add it to my group by your own

You are also warmly invited to join !
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