I am using Start8 version 1.17 on Windows 8 (not 8.1). Unfortunately, the menu no longer skins properly if run in conjunction with Windowblinds 8.0 (017). It looks OK when I open the menu, yet as soon as I start mousing over the entries (i.e., text and icons) some of the text in the left half of the menu becomes garbled while that on the right just disappears.
I have added an example below. The skin is 'diamond'. This happens with other skins too, however. Note that the black box on the right is simply where my user name used to be.
On a somewhat related note, I wondered if the final version of 1.17 will allow us to block the Windowblinds skinning feature. I was quite happy with the Win7 menu clone. Currently the 'Which theme do you want to use' option is greyed out.
EDIT #1 - some skins will leave the text in the left half of the menu intact. Among them are Laguna and 7Plus. Both still make a mess of the right half of the menu, though - in the same manner as the other skins.
EDIT #2 - After I uninstalled uxstyle core beta fewer skins displayed the problems described above. They persist in Aero Seven (menu on right disappears) and Aero Seven XP (menu on right disappears). Laguna is fine now, as is Diamond.