8start Launcher v3.0

Midas on 24 Mar 2015

8start Launcher is an application launcher that organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It can be accessed via the system tray, user-defined hotkey or middle mouse button, and helps to keep your desktop clean. It is fully-skinnable with transparent PNG support.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: GDIPLUS.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "portable" ZIP package (located on the help page near the bottom, under "Portable - Run in your flash drive")
  2. Extract to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch 8Start.exe
What's new?
  • drag and drop feature added. You can add in the button easily by drag the icon from Desktop, Start Menu, Windows Explorer and even Browser

31 comments on 8start Launcher  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

DogWings 2007-01-04 09:15

I like the concept and I would like to use it, but it doesn't seem to be very easy to figure out. I look forward to a future version that supports drag and drop for adding icons. Also, ran once on my XP Pro machine, then disappeared for some reason and wouldn't start up again. I'll keep my eyes open for the next version.

Banshee 2007-03-30 02:23

If you ask me (from the screeshot) this app is messier and more complicated than any windows startmenu/desktop that I have seen.....

I wouldn't try to promote this as a simpler alternative - it is definately for techies.

Xan 2007-03-30 04:58

Love it. Looks good, easy to use. My 11 year old son can use it so not sure why anyone is having problems...

Lemming 2007-03-30 12:50

Like it and would use it but... not realy all that portable!! If you change computer and your portable drive is allocated a different drive letter then you dont get a populated menu!! :o(
Change that and I'll love it

Andrew Lee 2007-03-31 05:33

Lemming, make sure you select "Absolute path with drive letter", or "Relative path" when you create the link. Then you won't have any problem when moving to another machine.

9k.lai 2007-05-06 11:05

The version from this site is actually NOT 1.4.1, but 1.4 from december last year. Which is actually a good thing. You can get the new version from the original website, but it has a problem with showing icons for relative paths (very essential for portability). Therefore, I'm still using the old version from this site.

Technomancer 2008-03-25 03:16

I tried this, but it's not very intuitive. It is quite good but i think that 'PStart' is still probably the best and easiest to use and also allows you to keep the desktop clean.

Carbonize 2008-03-25 03:18

Just tried this and as others have said it's not very intuitive. Also I seem unable to move it from top left corner of my screen. Other than that it's a nice app. Some mouse over effects on the icons would be a nice touch.

Andy Goh 2008-03-25 07:30

You can move it from top left corner by drag the border

Kermode 2008-03-28 20:21

Well i'm going to have to join the choir, it just tried it and it seems like total junk - a small window in the upper left corner where no buttons seem to work - an icon on the toolbar which doesn't have a menu or anything either. A quick delete for me.

Andy Goh 2008-03-29 21:09

Many spare time have been used to develop this portable freeware but Sad to see the choir here. You can refer to help page for the configuration, or visti http://cybernetnews.com/2007/08/07/cybernotes-best-application-launcher/ for better explaination.

D_Savage 2008-04-07 05:21

No great problems using it. Setup was a bit difficult initially because I needed to create groups before I could add buttons, but once that was done, all went very well. I like the small footprint on the screen.

D_Savage 2008-04-07 05:25

Any tips on upgrading for those of us using 1.6?

Andy Goh 2008-04-07 06:54

To upgrade from version 1.6 to version 1.7, run the 1.7 setup file, select folder of version 1.6 as destination folder. Select overwrite when prompted. All settings are remain unchanged.

Gmacri 2008-04-07 09:24

8start Launcher last version not only organizes shortcuts into groups and categories, but now also is a tree notes program.
The graphic interface is excellent with many configurable skins.
8start Launcher is excellent.

ralph 2008-05-05 12:16

This launcher is the best! It did take a little time to figure out a few things but it is well worth the effort. Highly recommended.

Louie G 2008-06-07 21:05

I had 8start Launcher up and going in no time. The value that it adds to my PC experience I could not even begin to list. In 24 years of using computers, this has far and away been the best addition I've mad to my personal computing time. Thanks Andy for a product that I'm sure will just get better and better!

David 2008-07-19 09:40

Best StartMenu/Desktop replacement i ever tried (and i tried them all). I been using it for years without a glitch.

Word of advice: before posting a comment try it first (free tip for Banshee).

Robert 2008-08-13 15:32

Beats all launchers...hands down...customize to your heart's content....an excellent program...solid & stable, keep an unlimited number of notes in tree form...Thank you Andy for a great program!!

Banned 2008-12-28 13:48

Wow! this is really-cool-tool!
my best choise.
Greatest default skin!
Author - realy MAN

Onesimus Prime 2008-12-31 23:26

From the website, http://www.8start.com/help.htm:

"Question. I am having "Run-Time error '75' Path / File access error" when using the tree feature in Windows Vista."

"Answer. One component cannot be run without Vista admin right, to solve the problem, please run VistaRegister.exe which can be found in 8start Launcher folder."

Does this interfere with portable use on limited Vista accounts? Anyone run into this?

Aiadi 2010-01-25 13:27

Just starting to try and use this launcher and it looks promising. My gripes with it is that the hotkey doesn't seem to work with Windows 7 but more importantly is that when the menu takes up the whole length of the screen then there is no way to scroll through it or even to move it as the edges disappear beyond the screen. Also why is it that when I choose the smaller icons that the menu's size remain exactly the same despite having tiny icons? As the others suggested, PStart still wins at this stage but future versions may change this if changes are made.

Tashi 2010-05-02 18:49

Broken under Windows 7. Too bad I loved it for XP and Vista.

Tashi 2010-05-02 19:01

Small correction. It's broken under Windows 7 64 bit.

Emka 2011-05-26 04:27

What might pose a problem, especially on Win7x64 but also on XP, is importing desktop shortcuts as buttons into your launcher groups. If you cannot launch the programmes that way, try creating the buttons directly from the programmes' exe-files, which is a bit of a kerfuffle, rummaging through your folder structure. Anyhow, that's what worked for me.


Vagablonde 2011-05-30 10:31

This is a great App...takes some getting used to initially..but works well
have used it for years without any issue,I recall it not being the easiest to figure out.


gms9810 2011-06-07 13:53

I'm very disappointed in this. I tried it, liked it, installed it on all 4 of my computers and recommended it to some other people. Then when I tried to install it on my laptop it wouldn't work. I sent the error message to the application's maker and was told (in simplest form) that he didn't understand Windows well enough to help me and I was out of luck. That isn't verbatim but it's what I was told. I cannot recommend this to anyone as the programmer doesn't seem to know how his own software works in Windows.


webfork 2011-06-08 17:54

gms9810: This is a permanent problem. Windows is not simple and few developers know its ins and outs. Hopefully the dev will seek advice, help, or post it on a forum somewhere.


gms9810 2011-06-10 19:42

Yes, I understand that, but the bottom line is the software doesn't work on two of my computers. I much prefer Linux but i still need Windows for some things.


znetmac 2011-10-16 21:08

Best in show for me.. tried the others (pstart, portableapps, etc) and non compare. Not the easiest to setup but worth the effort. Running v3.0 on windows 7 x64 like a champ.


koresh 2011-11-27 19:38

Hello everyone:) Sorry for my English.
Download link leads to http://www.8start.com/help-launcher.htm
And if you click "download", then download the setup file.
Link to zip and instruction - "3 ways to install 8start Launcher in your flash drive" at the bottom of the page.


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