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Easy Guide to Restoring Windows’ Traditional Start Menu in Windows 8

Easy Guide to Restoring Windows’ Traditional Start Menu in Windows 8

Launched on October 26th, 2012, Microsoft Windows 8 has been registered as the most remarkable OS in the computer industry, with a bunch of amazing features and great set of new apps to play with. Microsoft has also announced that over 40 million copies have been sold within the first month of its release—a new record in OS sales history. Windows 8 has a high booting speed and can boot up within 5 seconds or less, which is faster than any other operating system. In addition to this, Windows 8 has a great apps gallery containing thousands of  apps and utilities that can provide you with countless ways of customizing and enjoying the OS.

Windows 8 also has a few notable drawbacks, such as a removed “start” button, as well as a few others. Microsoft had decided to remove the famous start button in Windows 8, which may annoy you and force to seek alternatives for it. So, if you are one of those who find it hard to use Windows 8 without the traditional start button, this tutorial will help you to get it back.

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There are many utilities offered to restore start menu in Windows 8, which of course are secure and takes only a few seconds to install on any PC or Laptop.

Classic Shell (Free)

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Classic Shell

    Classic Shell was created to add back the features which were removed in the recently released Windows, but existed in its predecessors. Once installed, you may able to see the start button in Windows 8 the same way it was seen in Windows 7 or older. The Classic Shell start button will give you exactly the same choices which were found in the old start menu, along with options like Control panel, My Computer, My Pictures etc.

    Download Classic Shell from Sourceforge.

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    Pokki (Free)

    Pokki

      Pokki is another advanced utility for bringing back the removed start button, and it will also remove Windows 8 UI screen and take you directly to the desktop screen. You can easily customize your favorite apps, sites or desired folders for direct accessing it by moving them all to your start menu.

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      Download Pokki

      Start8 ($ 5)

      start8

        Start8 from Stardock would be the perfect replacement for the existing start button in Windows 8, if you’re okay with paying a small fee. With Start8, you can customize the Windows 8 theme which best suits your start button, and allow it to resize icons and shortcuts to show at the top with your menu options. Start8, like Pokki, will also help you to remove the default Windows 8 metro start screen and boot directly to the desktop.

        You can download start8 from here.

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        Last Updated on July 10, 2019

        11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

        11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

        Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

        Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

        Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

        1. Lumosity

        This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

        Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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          2. Fit Brains Trainer

          This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

          Free.

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            3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

            Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

            First four games free, then $13 a month.

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              4. Brain Fitness Pro

              The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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              Buy for $3.99.

              5. Happify

              If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

              Free to use.

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                6. Clockwork Brain

                You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                Free.

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                  7. ReliefLink

                  Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                    8. Eidetic

                    Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                      9. Braingle

                      Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                      Free.

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                        10. Not The Hole Story

                        If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                        Free.

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                          11. Personal Zen

                          This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                          Free.

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