, DeathByVisualStudio wrote

@deedubb: Since Microsoft provides no means themselves to restore the start orb one can only assume the "complain for 3 weeks straight while I adapt" plan is their desire. It's part of their "No Compromises" strategy -- you know the one where they provide no compromises to their strategy.

Fortunately there are some emerging 3rd party tools that you can use:

If you have such uniform hatred of Windows-8, including IE, metro, the start-menu and their business-model, why upgrade to Windows-8 and then downgrade the UI with hacks, when you could just stick with Windows7?