Windows 8: missing start menu for programs

I've been trying out Windows 8, and I hated it to start with, but I think I'm getting used to it. I can put up with the bits I don't like in return for the buits I do like.

One thing I hate is the missing Start menu. I don't like switching to the Metro Start screen when I go to 'Start' on the desktop.

 

Good news - there's a partial workaround for it!

 

Add a new toolbar that points to the fodler where Windows keeps program shortcuts, and you immediately have a functional, reassuringly familiar, Start menu - but the new Metro screen still works, so you can still access all the new things.

 

So, right click on the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop, and select 'add toolbar'. In the box that comes up, copy and paste this line:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

 

..and click 'select folder'.

Now right click the task bar again, and untick 'lock the taskbar'. Now you can drag your new 'Programs' menu to the left hand end of the taskbar, with a mit of messing around.

This only shows items on the old "all users" start menu. Anything installed just for the current user won't show. I'm sure someone will come along with a little utility to build a better Programs menu.