In Pictures: 5 tricks to restore the Windows 8 Start menu

As everybody knows, the Start button is not included in Windows 8, and Microsoft has vowed not to put it back. If you’d rather not be forced to use the full-screen, tile-based UI, called Modern, here are five alternative programs that install on Windows 8.

Classic Shell

Developer: Ivo Beltchev

Price: Free

Classic Shell was originally designed to restore certain features and functionalities of the Start menu UI found in Windows XP, but which were removed from Windows Vista and Windows 7. It also happened to work with early release versions of Windows 8, letting you use a facsimile of the old-school Start menu. So there’s been renewed interest by the public for Classic Shell, and its developer has maintained compatibility with the current Windows 8 releases.

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