By now you might have discovered that the Start screen is the Start menu in Windows 8/8.1. In simple words, Microsoft has dropped Start menu from Windows 8 and introduced Start screen as replacement. The Start screen displays all information you care about in one place. The live tiles on the Start screen update in real-time to display latest info.
You can launch programs, open files & folders, search within apps, pin your favorite files and folders to the Start screen, organize programs in groups and name them, and more.
While the new Start screen is more powerful than the Start menu, not every user likes it. Users who can’t live without the Start menu in Windows 8/8.1 can easily back the Start menu with a few mouse clicks. Quite a few free and paid programs are available to enable Start menu in Windows 8.
ViStart, Start8, Power8, and IObit StartMenu8 are the few programs that can help you enable Start menu in Windows 8/8.1. Among these programs probably ViStart and StartMenu8 are the best free programs. And if you don’t mind shelling out $5 for a Start menu, we suggest you check out Start8 program.