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Start menu

In Windows, starting with Windows 95 and ending with Windows 7, the Start menu is a launching pad for all the applications and control panels in the computer. Application installation programs place an icon in the Programs or All apps section of the Start menu. Depending on the version of Windows, users can rearrange some parts of the Start menu. Start is also used to turn the machine off. The default location of the Start menu button is the left bottom left side of the taskbar.

From Start Menu to Start Screen
Windows 8 changed the Start menu dramatically, turning it into a tablet-style interface with tiles. The Windows keyboard key opens the Start menu or the Start screen, but in Windows 8, Start can be accessed from the Charms bar (see Win8 Charms bar). See Win Start menu, Win8 Start screen and Win10 Start menu.
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Unless you want a totally clean machine, you'll most likely want to retain your personal files, so choose the option to "Keep personal files only" and then click the Start button.
8.1 brought back the Start button, improved the start screen and made it easier to use with a keyboard and mouse.
Shut down from the Start button. Windows 8.1 restores the Start button, and while it still does not behave exactly like the Windows 7 Start button, it does allow you to shut down Windows by clicking the Start button and selecting the Shut Down option.
It's notable Microsoft had added the Start button in the first update.
HE JUST KEPT PUSHING MY START BUTTON OVER AND OVER.
With the launch of Windows 8 that attempted to bring essentially a tablet-style layout on the conventional desktop mode, a lot of users were put off by the complex OS and dearly missed the Start button.
RAY: We held the start button down for varying lengths of time, and it made no difference whatsoever.
In case you haven't heard of Windows 8.1, it is the first major update to the Windows 8 operating system and brings many new changes, such as Internet Explorer 11, integrated Bing search, Skype and SkyDrive inteA[degrees] gration, UI changes and that Start button that everyone misA[degrees] sed so much.
Microsoft Corp has rolled out the preview version of Windows 8.1 at its Build developer's forum in San Francisco, reintroducing the treasured Start button and including a host of new features in a bid to lure disgruntled users back to Redmond's flagship platform.
The radical changes made to the Desktop as we know it, have been disastrous: the absence of iconic Start button is particularly bad; in addition, the tile-based interface has left the users annoyingly- baffled, if not outraged.
The new software dispenses with the familiar Start button and features square tiles for apps.
"Once we hit the start button I really believe we can take off and begin moving out of the relegation zone," he said.