Admittedly, being a relative newcomer to W3, most of my experience with operating systems is in Windows 8--8.1. More recently,after being given an old Acer netbook, I have been playing around with various Linux systems. But I digress. My point in writing is that there seems to be a lot of frustration with the lack of a start button. Almost all advice points to the charms bar. I don't ever mess with it. All you newcomers to W8 should be aware that if you press WINKEY + X, you will get a large pop-up in the bottom left-hand corner giving you access to everything you should need. That's all folks!