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Start8 can help you bypass the Windows 8 start screen and go directly to your desktop.
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.
It's looking like Microsoft's new "mini" Start menu for Windows 8.x won't be part of Windows 8.1 Update 2 as rumored.
Several third-party utilities can serve as Start menu replacements for Windows 8 users who aren't as keen on the new Start screen.
Windows 8.1 has some new features, including bypassing the Start screen at log-in, so you can go straight to the desktop. We'll show you how to enable it.
Remnants of your Windows 8 sync settings remain in the cloud, even if you turn off sync. We'll show you how to delete your personal settings from Microsoft's cloud servers.
The much-rumored Start button may simply lead users back to the Start screen, sources tell The Verge.
Windows 8 apps are limited to running in full-screen mode, but a new program by StarDock allows you to run apps on the desktop like any other desktop program.
Pokki's 500,000 downloads show that many Windows 8 users still want the good old-fashioned Start menu.
You can find administrative tools in Windows 8 by search, but if you prefer to see them as tiles, a quick setting will place them all on the Start screen.