there is an option to replace the Start button, or maybe that's just the Samsung computers with that function.
Windows 8 still has toolbars and thus you can make your own Start menu:
or this way:
or a simple registry edit:
To get back the old start menu, open regedit, go to
change value of RPEnabled from "1" to "0"
close regedit, you get your old start menu......the catch is, no more metro UI because you just disabled it. To get back the Metro UI, change the value back to "1"
But info will be awhile before I can use it myself. I have a copy of windows 7 professional I've not even loaded on. Find myself preferring W2K and XP still. Have Vista on double boot system, and it's great on graphics on the newest computer but just not impressed with it otherwise. Not crazy about the file manager at all, but maybe more use would help, but I find myself rarely accessing Vista, even just to play around in it.
......the Windows PC will exist only in corporate situations. They've been playing "catch-up" with Apple since the 80s and for whatever reason, they just don't have the same design sense. Their interfaces are clunky and look slapped together where Apple's are simple and intuitive (most of the time).
I'm reading the Steve Jobs bio and it's fascinating.