Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start menu from its Windows 8 operating system hasn’t gone well with Windows users. The new Start screen has received mixed to negative reactions. While the Start menu replacement works great on both traditional PCs and notebooks, it works simply perfect on touch devices.
People who’re using Windows 8 on a touch device mightn’t feel the need of a Start menu. And users who can’t live without a Start menu have a number of free and paid programs to choose from. Stardock Start8 (paid), ViStart, IObit StartMenu8, and Classic Shell help you get back the missing Start menu in the newest version of Windows.
Unfortunately, these Start menu applications are compatible with only 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. Users who are using a tablet, such as Microsoft Surface RT (see Surface RT vs Surface Pro), powered by Windows RT, a cut-down version of Windows 8 designed to power ARM-based processors, doesn’t support legacy desktop applications. In Windows RT, one can only install apps available in the official Windows Store developed exclusively for Windows 8.
The good news is that Windows RT users can now enable the Start menu as well. Windows enthusiasts over at the XDA Developers forums have developed a free app named ClassicStartMenu, based on the popular Classic Shell, for Windows RT and can now be installed on Windows RT devices. The only catch is that you need to jailbreak your Windows RT device first with the help of RT Jailbreak tool (free) to be able to install this app.
If you own a Windows RT tablet, you can now head over to XDA forums page to download and install the app. You might also like to download 8-Zip File (archive app) to extract compressed files in Windows RT.