Get the Start Menu Back

Get the Start Menu back

The Start menu is back and better than ever! Touch-friendly, pinned favorites, and integrated Metro features make using Windows 8 more efficient and far easier

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Thinix RetroUI™ Pro is an easy to use software application that makes your Windows 8 based PC work and behave as if it were running Windows 7. It allows you to keep all of the benefits of Windows 8 and use Windows 8 Apps, but brings back the easy, intuitive design of Windows 7. Patent pending Enforce™ technology makes your taskbar visible whenever Apps and the Windows 8 Start screen is active, so users can simply click the taskbar to return to the classic desktop. This eliminates the need for hidden Hotcorners and the resulting confusion most people have when using Windows 8.

RetroUI is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows 8, and supports 33-languages.

Start Menu

RetroUI brings a familiar Windows 7 style Start Menu and Start Button to Windows 8. Modern, powerful features integrate with Windows 8 and make launching programs, Apps and websites simple.

Skip Metro

RetroUI allows you to easily skip the Windows 8 Start screen and automatically return to the classic desktop every time you login. Other advanced features allow you to block hotcorners and more.

Taskbar

Exclusive Enforce™ technology brings back the Taskbar – making Windows 8 really easy to use, and eliminating the need to use hidden HotCorners. Run Apps in resizable windows, and toggle them back to full-screen with a single key.

TabletView

Only RetroUI comes with TabletView™, an App launcher that lets you pin all your favorite Apps, Websites and links, sort them your way, and access them from the Taskbar with a click or touch.

RetroUI Pro is the #1 Utility to Restore the Windows 7 Interface in Windows 8 with an Overall 4.5/5 Review
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Bring back the Windows 7 user experience – Make Windows 8 easy!

Skip Metro

Skip Metro

Not excited about being forced to use the new Windows 8 start screen (Metro) interface? RetroUI allows you to bypass this and immediately start the classic desktop at every login

The Start Menu is Back

The Start Menu is Back!

Not only have we brought back the start menu, we've enhanced it! Now touch-friendly, it also includes the ability to pin apps as iconic buttons.

Run Metro UI and Metro Apps in a Window

Run Metro UI and Metro Apps in a Window

RetroUI now comes with RetroUI Enforce™ which allows you to run the Start screen and the Metro apps in a window on top of the classic desktop.

Introducing TabletView

Introducing TabletView

Bridge the gap between desktop and mobile: pin everything you need, sort it your way, and access it with the touch of a finger on the classic desktop. Including websites and the default Metro apps.

Easy to Use

Easy to Use

Users simply login and receive a classic Windows desktop. No special configuration is needed beyond the initial installation. Makes Windows 8 simple by bringing back the Start Button, Start Menu, and Taskbar.

Disable Hot Corners

Disable Hot Corners

You can now block the Hot Corners feature of the Windows 8 desktop, and still fully utilize Windows 8. This is a huge benefit to desktop and laptop PC users who are annoyed or confused by the Hot Corners in Windows 8.

Remote Desktop Support

Remote Desktop Support

Users connecting to their Windows 8 machine using RDP can use all the features of RetroUI.

Multi-Monitor Support

Multi-Monitor Support

Works on multi-monitor systems to eliminate the default use of the new Windows 8 Metro desktop on one of the monitors.

Software You Can Trust

Software You Can Trust

No spyware, ads, malware, or gimmicks. RetroUI is trusted and secure.

Immediate ROI with RetroUI

Immediate ROI with RetroUI

Allows your organization to migrate to Windows 8 faster, eliminating the headaches associated with Metro without retraining your staff.

Advanced Security

Advanced Security

RetroUI does all of the magic without changing the core security of Windows 8, and without requiring that the user have administrative rights.

Flexible Licensing

Flexible Licensing

RetroUI is reasonably priced for any situation, personal, corporate or education/non-profit use.

Product Comparison

 
RetroUI Pro RetroUI Server

Easy to Install and Configure

X

X

Multi-language (see supported languages)

X

X

Works in local and Remote Desktop (RDP) sessions

X

X

Brings back the Windows Start Button and Start menu, with configurable (skinnable) Start Button and Start Menu colors

X

X

Optionally block Hot Corners and Charms Bar features of Windows and still fully utilize Windows

X

X

Brings back the Shutdown Menu, and makes it easy to logoff, reboot, shutdown, or lock the computer

X

X

TabletView with pre-pinned applications and web sites

X

X

Pin and launch your favorite web sites

X

X

Enforce - Take charge of Windows, and bring back the taskbar and Start menu with the Windows Start screen

X

X

Enforce - Resize Windows Store apps and control their size and position. Easily resize Apps by using [F12]

X

X

Open/close start menu with Windows Key

X

X

Return to classic desktop from Modern UI with Windows Key

X

X

Assignable keyboard shortcuts, Hotkeys to make Windows easier to use

X

X

Extended multi-language suport for Asian and Arabic langauges, AZERTY and other non-QWERTY keyboard layouts

X

X

Support for 'Use Small Taskbar Buttons' in the taskbar

X

X

Multi-monitor support, and support for positioning the taskbar on any side of the screen

X

X

Pin and launch default Windows Store (Metro) apps1

X

X

Skip the Windows 8 Start screen at login

X

 

Terminate/Disable Windows 8 (Metro) Features (advanced feature)

X

 

Note1: To use this feature in RetroUI Pro, with Server 2012 you must first install the ‘Desktop Experience’ which is an optional feature of 2012 Server which gives it the ability to run Windows Store (Metro) apps.

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Thinix RetroUI™ Pro allows you to skip the Start screen in Windows 8, brings back the start button and start menu, makes the taskbar visible from the Start screen, allows you to resize Windows Store apps, allows you to block Windows HotCorners, and includes TabletView. RetroUI Pro makes Windows 8 far easier to use with features like allowing users to press the Windows key to return to the classic Windows desktop at any time.

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Release Notes

RetroUI Pro (Version 3.1.9, Released on May 14, 2013)

    • Fix Fixed analytics bug in POST message where the product id was not being sent correctly
    • Fix Fixed string parsing bug in analytics/ads code where if an '=' was used it would not return the correct values

RetroUI Server (Version 3.1.7, Released on April 24, 2013)

  • Note Includes all updates since 3.0.0, and is therefore a major upgrade for server version users. See the update log for RetroUI Pro for more details.
  • New Search optimization now allows searching for file names such as CMD (cmd.exe), or other file names that do not correlate to the application name
  • Fix Corrected bug where Enforce did not start when Modern UI Start menu was selected.
  • Fix Corrected bug where deselecting '˜Show Metro Apps in the Start Menu' in the settings application did not fully disable Metro App enumeration.

Pricing

Consumer $4.95 Consumer $9.95 Business $9.95 Business $14.95 Education $6.95 Education $9.95
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Forum Support

Forum Support

Full Support 1 year

Full Support 3 years

Full Support 1 year

Full Support 3 years

Updates 1 year

Updates 1 year

Updates 1 year

Updates 3 years

Updates 1 year

Updates 3 years

Upgrades 1 year

Upgrades 3 years

Upgrades 1 year

Upgrades 3 years

License good for only (1) consumer-use PC. Support is available through forums and knowledge base only.

License good for (3) consumer-use PCs. Support is available through forums and knowledge base only.

License good for only (1) business-use PC. Support is available for 1 Year via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

License good for only (1) business-use PC. Support is available for 3 Years via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

License good for (1) education-use PC. Support is available for 1 Year via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

License good for (1) education-use PC. Support is available for 3 Years via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

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