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New software lets you ignore the Win 8 Start screen so that all you ever see is the traditional desktop.
Several third-party utilities can serve as Start menu replacements for Windows 8 users who aren't as keen on the new Start screen.
Leaked screenshots of an upcoming update show an option to open Windows Store apps from the taskbar.
Commentary: The Windows 8 Start screen does offers certain benefits, but the good, old-fashioned Start menu is still the best way to access all your programs and settings.
The Start menu replacement has been given a facelift with a new layout and several new options.