How to Get the Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8

Create a Start Menu Toolbar

1.- It’s not a well-known feature, but Windows can create toolbars that show the contents of a folder on its taskbar. This means that you can create a pseudo-Start menu without installing any other software on Windows 8. Just create a new toolbar that points at the Start menu’s Programs folder.

New Toolbar on Taskbar

From the desktop, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select “New toolbar.”

2.- Type or copy and paste the following path into the Choose a folder window:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

3.- Click the “Select Folder” button and you’ll get a Programs menu on your taskbar.

4.- Right-click the taskbar and uncheck “Lock the taskbar” if you want to move the new Programs menu around.