We all know that Windows Vista
and Windows 7
come with a newly designed Start menu which is easy to use, full of new features like instant search and looks great.
If you are still using Windows XP and don't want to upgrade to Windows Vista or Windows 7 but want to have the same Start menu functionality in XP, then "ViStar
t" is a boon for you.
is an excellent piece of software created by our friend "Lee Matthew Chantrey
" which can be considered as Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start menu clone for Windows XP. It integrates itself into Windows Explorer perfectly. It replaces the default Windows Start menu and brings the new Windows Vista and 7 Start menu to XP.
It can also be used in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
. Since Microsoft has removed Start Menu and Start button from Windows 8, ViStart is a good option.
It also indexes all program files and personal files, so you can get the same instant search results as of Windows Vista and Windows 7, even better than Vista.
ViStart is also skinnable, i.e. you can create your own ViStart skins and can change its look.
Now a new version has been released which comes with lots of new features like:
Added windows search integration for platforms that support it
Added pinning lists (right-click on programs to pin/unpin them)
Added additional skinning possibilities
You can download it using following link:
NOTE: When you run ViStart setup, it tries to install two 3rd party programs "Sweet Packs" and "RegClean Pro" bundled with it. You can skip the installation of these extra programs by clicking on the "Decline" button when the setup wizard asks you to install the bundled programs.
Download Windows 8 “Aero Lite” Border Skin, ViStart Skin and Common Tasks for Windows XP