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

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.


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.


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.


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 2011-06-07 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.


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.


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.


Tashi 2010-05-02 19:01

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

Tashi 2010-05-02 18:49

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

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.

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