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What is start8shell64.dll?

Part of Start8 Shell Extension by Stardock Software Inc

What is it?

Start8 adds a Start button and Start menu to Windows 8.
Description of start8shell64.dll from Stardock Software Inc
Microsoft Windows® 8 is shipped without the "Start" menu. We put the "Start" menu back in Windows 8. We accurately recreated the most used desktop feature billions of users depend on every day and packed it with additional functionality.
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How is start8shell64.dll loaded?

Approved shell extension - start8shell64.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {6A451C0A-9597-4915-BCCE-6E859BC996B2} with and identifier of Start8Shell extension. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.
Start8 Shell Extension is loaded by:


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the start8shell64.dll file.Of the 0.2% of start8shell64.dll users, 15.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\stardock\start8\start8shell64.dll

Are there other versions of Start8 Shell Extension?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)

About Stardock Software, Inc

Stardock Corporation is is best known for computer programs that allow a user to modify or extend a graphical user interface as well as personal computer games More...
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File details

File name: start8shell64.dll
Publisher: Stardock Software, Inc (verified)
Name: Start8 Shell Extension
Description: Start8 Shell Extension
Product version:
Size: 130.26 KB
Original file name: Start8Shell.dll

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: COMODO CA Limited
Effective date: 10/3/2011
Expiration date: 10/3/2014

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {6A451C0A-9597-4915-BCCE-6E859BC996B2}
Command: Start8Shell extension

Image hashes

MD5: fcf7ddef3df357ac5b6e1079386a453d
SHA-1: 92420876094d6a46153d30300a0197f44276b61e
SHA-256: 5bc36f8f0ebf126a90a60439a09c429d1ec0215ce00a9e436a5f1334f1a0c99a

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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