You can get to the traditional desktop in Windows 8 by clicking on the desktop tile on the Metro screen as shown in the image: Image
The classic Start Menu has been redesigned on Windows 8 desktop . However, you can install a 3rd party utility such as ViStart or Classic Shell to get the classic Start Menu back at your discretion. Both of these are open-source software utilities and not a part of Windows operating system. Here is an article on how to get the Start Menu in Windows 8.
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How do you get to the traditional Desktop in WIndows 8? Will it look the same as Windows 7?