The WinX menu provides you with access to fifteen tools
In the article, Benefits of the Tools menu and Windows Key shortcuts in Windows 8, I extolled the benefits of using what I was calling the Tools menu, which you can access by right clicking on the Start Screen button. It has since been dubbed the WinX menu due to the fact that you can also bring up the menu by pressing [Windows] + X. In any case, when the WinX menu appears, as shown in Figure A, you can see that it contains fifteen items that provide you with quick access to perform frequently used operations. For example, from the WinX menu you can quickly and easily access such things as Device Manager, Event Viewer, and Command Prompt, just to name a few.
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An easy way to harken back to the Start Menu days is to put on the desktop a shortcut to the directory, "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" (right click desktop; new; shortcut). It's not pretty or elegant but it is simple, easy, and hack-free. I find that Win 8 challenges one to use shortcuts creatively. -kc garrett