IObit Start Menu 8 is a versatile free tool which will tweak the Windows 8 interface to make it more like Windows 7.
After installation your system will by default boot straight to the desktop, for instance - you won't even get a hint of the Start Screen.
On arrival you'll notice a start orb in the bottom left-hand corner of the taskbar. Click this and a very close copy of the Start Menu appears, with links to your programs, system applets such as Control Panel, and the old power-down dialog.
And StartMenu8 also disables the Windows 8 "hot corners", perhaps useful if you find yourself occasionally activating them accidentally.
If you don't like any of this, though, just right-click the start orb, choose "Settings", and you'll find a wide range of options to help you configure the program more to your liking.
In a click or two you could restore the hot corners, for instance, or have your system boot to the Metro Start Screen. You're able to change the start orb to a variety of options. You can customise the Start Menu to include a host of links and applets, and there are plenty of other useful tweaks hidden away.
IObit Start Menu 8 provides a lot of configurability, then, certainly for a free tool, and if you're missing the Start menu or otherwise annoyed by Windows 8 interface changes then the program may be able to help.
Note that we've updated this download due to a minor name change.
IObit Start Menu 8 v1.4 brings these changes:
+ Added Windows 8 Style for Start Menu
+ Added Options for (not) Displaying Account Picture
+ Added Options for (not) Displaying Frequently Used Programs
+ Added Transparency Setting for the Default Theme under Windows 7 Style
+ Optimized the Function for Disabling Bottom-left/Top-left Hot Corners
+ Enhanced the Search Function
+ Optimized the User Interface
+ Better Support for Windows 8.1
* Fixed "Win Key Cannot Be Released" Bug
* Fixed Other General Bugs