How to bring back classic start menu in Windows 8
In version Developer Preview Metro could remove Metro by deleting the file shsxs.dll but in subsequent versions of the operating system this was impossible, because Metro is now part of Explorer.exe.
Create Toolbar with the programs on the taskbar
It is not known to all, but it turns out that in Windows you can create a toolbar with the contents of the folder with installed programs i.e. we can create a pseudo-start menu without installing third-party software.
So, let’s start. Click the right mouse button on the taskbar, in the opened context menu, hover the mouse cursor over the paragraph Toolbars (Panels), and then select New toolbar (Create toolbar).
Copy and paste the following line into the address bar in the Choose a folder:
And when you click on the button Select Folder (Select folder) on the taskbar you will see from the Programs menu (Programs).
If you want to move the new menu to another location on the taskbar, simply right-click the mouse on the taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar, then drag the mouse cursor to the desired location on the taskbar.
Install ViStart – a third-party application that adds a start button
Originally this app was developed for those who wanted to add in Windows XP the «start» button in Windows 7 style, and now it works on Windows 8.
Please note that when you install ViStart will offer to change your browser search engine, home page and wants to install some toolbar. I recommend to give it up, removing all three checkboxes.
Again, in the next step ViStart will again offer to install some third party software – refuse by clicking on the button Decline.
After the installation is complete, you will see that the «start» button back on the taskbar.
Clicking on it will open the familiar menu «start». Notice that everything works fine, the menu even displays your most frequently used programs.
Another nice bonus ViStart is that the keyboard click on the Windows button opens the start menu, not start screen in Metro style. However, the start-up screen you can still access by moving your cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen or through the Charm bar that appears when you hover to the top right or bottom corners of the screen.