One of the things I strongly dislike about Windows 8 is not having the start menu. I found Classic Shell and love it. Works seamlessly with 8.1. Like it's part of the OS. If you miss the old start menu you can download it here: http://www.classicshell.net/ Takes maybe a couple of minutes to set up. It's been around awhile, but I haven't seen it mentioned here that I know of.