Originally Posted by MikeMoss
Here's way to give yourself a easy start menu.
I've done this for a long time, just as a convenience and if you don't like the Windows 8 start screen this makes it unnecessary with no third party software.
Save a link to every piece of software on your computer in a folder the desktop. Even the ones that appear elsewhere.
All you have to do is open the folder and there is an alphabetical list with icons and links to every program on your PC.
I usually just copy a link there when I first install the program and set up my desktop.
On my computer it's the blue icon with the arrows pointing in all directions and the bottom of the column on the left.
For the most part, Win 8 (and other Windows Versions) does that for you already. There is a hidden folder at C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu (you'll need to enable the option to show hidden files & folders). When programs are installed, the installer creates a link in that folder. You could create a shortcut to it on your desktop or you could create a Toolbar that points to it.
After you create the link, you can then disable the option to show hidden files if you prefer to run that way.