8start Launcher v3.0

billon on 8 Mar 2019
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by Andy Goh

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.

NOTE: Website is down, linking to Archive.org.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. 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.

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

JSSSX 2019-09-01 02:56


KB4512941 is out on 30th of August and fixing VB6 issues, should fix 8start start up as well.


JSSSX 2019-08-29 06:34

Last detail :
invalid procedure call error is brought to almost all VB6 apps since the last Windows 10 Update KB4512508

With some luck, there will be a fix and 8Start would come back to life then, but when ?...


JSSSX 2019-08-28 08:12

For those in the same case where 8Start cannot launch anymore :
- You must uninstall the very last windows update KB4512508 and suspend windows updates.

Not the big deal, but you can still have it working for a few months.

Also, check LaunchBar Commander from DonationCoder, it seems the best alternative.


genpal 2019-08-21 11:25

I am using the 8start for years, and never had any problems with it.
But few weeks ago on attempt to run a program I get a message "8start Launcher 3.0 caused error 'Invalid procedure call or argument' (5) in module frmMain procedure Form_Load, line 976."
I tried to uninstall/reinstall it, removed any references to it I could find, with no success.
The program is very important to me - I used it for a lot of projects, and it saves me tremendous amount of time.
Will appreciate any advice on the above problem resolution.
I run it on Windows 7.


JSSSX 2019-08-14 05:34

Sadly after years of use (cannot live without this tool), and the very last windows 10 update KB4512508, 8Start has stopped working, it will just not start anymore.

I am removing this last windows update, but if anyone has an idea of to counter this end of life, I'd like to know.

Thanks in advance.


olliebean 2019-03-08 16:55

Sorry - regarding my previous comment, the version available from that link is the installer, not the zip package. But the program can be extracted with Universal Extractor, and is portable and stealth as far as I can tell.


olliebean 2019-03-08 16:29

The links are broken, but the app is still available from https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/8start_launcher.html amongst other places.


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.


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