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Basic information

Made by: hDC Computer Corporation
Announced: June 1987 at COMDEX
Released: late 1987
Type: Graphical menuing system
Price: $79.95 (and lower with volume discounts)
Copy protection: None


ClickStart was a graphical menu system for Windows 1.0. It allowed users to create what could perhaps be described as a "graphical version of batch files", via menus and buttons. It could also be called an application launcher of sorts. The base program only allows the user to use already created menus. To create new menus or edit existing one, you must use the included ClickEdit program. An unknown 1.x release was reviewed in the December 22nd, 1987 issue of PC Magazine.

The program was later renamed to hDC Windows Express, presumably in version 2.0, as more shell-related programs were introduced by hDC for Windows 2.0. Version 2.1 was announced in mid-1988 and released in December. Upgrade for ClickStart users was free if they purchased ClickStart after June 1st, 1988, and $20 otherwise.

Available releases

The original ClickStart version (1.x) is not available online. Version 2.11, called Windows Express, is available.