The most common compliant that I hear from people running Windows 8 is the lack of the traditional start button on the desktop.
Some of the functionality of the old Start Button is available using a key combination on the Windows 8 Metro START screen. To access this press the keyboard Windows key and the X key together…
The upper section is system administration tools. Some of these tools are very powerful, so don’t ‘play’ with them unless you are sure what you are doing.
You can access the Control Panel from here as well as tools for managing the various aspects of your computer.
The traditional Run and Search are also offered.
In addition to the Windows X option there are a number of third-party (i.e.; non-Microsoft) apps that can be installed and which will add a Start button to the Windows 8 desktop, returning the familiar functionality that was removed by Microsoft in Windows 8.
These apps vary in cost, complexity and quality but a FREE one that I can recommend is Pokki.
Pokki can be downloaded from www.pokki.com
Once added Pokki provides the following…
List of All Apps
Links to Control Panel
Links to Common user areas
A familiar log off/shutdown/restart menu
An icon to return to the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen
Why Microsoft chose to remove the Start button from Windows 8 is a mystery.
I applaud their efforts in producing the Windows 8 Metro interface as it does offer a ‘new’ method of interfacing with your devices but they have got things very wrong by shoving this out without having a familiar Windows 7 style desktop behind it. The vast majority of my clients, especially those in their later years, are struggling with Windows 8 and would benefit from a higher degree of familiarity. Seems a little like change for changes sake with no true benefit for users unless they are on a touch screen device.