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How to Get a Start Menu Back in Windows 8

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The Start Menu is Missed by Many
Custom Start menu for Windows 8.

You can make your own Start menu in Windows 8.

Robert Kingsley

Windows 8 is a major departure from previous Microsoft operating systems. It has a whole new interface including a new Start screen Charms bar and a ton of new features meant to integrate the experience of desktop and mobile computing. It has everything a user would need, but it's different. Even long-time Windows users will require a bit of time to find everything and get used to the OS. Microsoft was apparently banking on the fact that people would be excited by change and intrigued by the difference. They weren't quite right.

Rather than embracing the new OS, many vocal PC users have taken to the Internet to declaim against Windows 8 labeling it as a greater failure than the much maligned Vista. I've even heard the dreaded Windows ME thrown out in comparison. While I don't agree with such harsh criticisms, I understand the major issue here. There are a lot of people who don't like change and who don't want to take time to relearn an operating system they've spent years growing accustomed to.

While there are a ton of new tweaks and features introduced in Windows 8, the removal of the Start menu is the bump in the road that many users can't seem to get over. Sure there's a Start screen, that retains most of the functionality of the lost menu, but it looks and works differently and many users hate it.

For those users who want nothing more than to have their Start menu back, I have good news. You don't need to downgrade to an older version of Windows. You don't need to install third-party software. All you have to do is read on to learn how to create your own Start menu.

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