In Windows 8, Microsoft made the controversial decision to drop the usual Start button for a Start screen. The Start screen does have its merits, especially on touch-based systems, but many people miss the Start button because it can be difficult to find all of the stuff you're looking for when you're not used to the new system.
Fortunately, long-time Windows-tweaking company Stardock has a solution. It's released an affordable program called Start8. You can try the download free for 30 days and, if you like it, you can pay Stardock $4.99 for unlimited use.
Start8 adds the Start button back to the taskbar and tweaks the Start screen for easier use with a mouse. If you're using Windows 8 on a non-touch computer, this is one tweak you definitely want to try.
You can integrate the old school start menu with Windows 8's new features. For instance, you can pin your desktop and the new Windows 8 apps to your Start menu for easy access. The Start menu search function will also work to find apps along with settings and files.