You can create your own Classic Start Menu in Windows 8
When you position it, you'll see all the folders inside of the Start Menu folder. To hide them, click and drag the Taskbar handle next to the Internet Explorer icon to the left to cover up those folders. Now, right click on the Taskbar and select the Lock the taskbar command. When you do, you'll notice a slight side effect - just an edge of the Windows Update icon appears; however, it is nothing to worry about.
When you complete the operation, you will have your own Classic Start Menu in Windows 8.
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