PStart v2.11

webfork on 28 Jul 2014
  • 769KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Tony Chard

PStart is an easy-to-use system tray program launcher with a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications and documents, much like the Windows "Start" menu. Includes support for drag-and-drop program management, customizable look and feel, program auto and scheduled start, search, and much more.

Unlike many other launchers, PStart automatically uses relative paths when adding applications and documents, so portability is automatically preserved when changing drive letters as long as the applications and documents are located in the same drive as PStart.

Note: 64-bit OS users may wish to use this in a compatibility mode.

Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install using the "Portable setup" option to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch PStart.exe
Additional notes from the author (Jens Gruschel): "The installer has a combo box with all removable drives listed. But if you click the [Next] button, you can select any folder you want, so there is no need to copy the file afterwards (which you can do of course). I added this combo box, because I thought that most people would install it to a USB stick (in fact I wrote the program because I wanted such a tool for my USB stick). But since I also like programs located on my D: drive, I didn't want to limit it to removable drives."

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albert 2017-04-12 22:18

The best launcher I've never used. It works very well in Windows 10, and only in 769KB.
I've love it very much.


webfork 2012-09-22 19:54

The program does indeed have minor problems on Win7: I frequently have to restart in order to get to the "Panel" view. Based on developer activity to date, we are unlikely to see an update to fix this.


_joepie_ 2012-04-15 00:11

@webfork: problem solved;
This is what happened, I had a version of PStart from 4 years ago running on my PC at the D-drive.
When I installed the newest version of PStart on my E-drive I replaced the old version of PStart on the D-drive at the same time, however only the menu of the E-drive was working.
After your last comment that I should work, I completely removed PStart from the D-drive and reinstalled it again.
Now everything works fine, I think that some remains of the old Pstart menu was interfering..does not matter anymore, I got what I want..!!
Great, thanks a lot Webfork...
_joepie_ makes a deep bow for WF.. :)


webfork 2012-04-14 14:31

joepie: system specs, what your autostart looks like on the drives, etc.


_joepie_ 2012-04-14 10:47

@webfork, which part of the settings, or do you mean the xml files..?


webfork 2012-04-13 21:14

_joepie_ do it all the time. The program should allow multiple instances without special configuration. Please post your settings in forums.


_joepie_ 2012-04-13 16:48

I like PStart a lot an use it every day, but I would like to run two PStart menu's at the same time, unfortunaltely that doesn't work.
I use one for my most used prog's (Drive D:) and would like another menu extra when working on my webshop with all the nescesairy software together (Drive E:).
I installed PStart on both drives, but on automated startup at Windows start, only one menu pop's up.
Is there a way to use PStart so that I can do that..??


JohnTHaller 2012-03-01 17:39

bublible: PStart is no longer actively developed.


bublible 2012-03-01 12:22

@webfork: thank you for your answer - I did ;-)


webfork 2012-03-01 01:08

bublible: recommend contacting the author directly for that via the website link.


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