I brought back the windows 7 start menu on my son’s windows 8 machine with Classic Shell. I even used my own logo for the start button. It was easy and works really well.
Microsoft made a big deal about bringing back the start button with the windows 8.1 update and it was nearly worthless. All it does is take you to the metro start page if you click it. Well, it does give you some handy stuff if you right click it, but it was sort of like Microsoft said, “You want the start button back? Here you go, now go to the f#@#^ng metro start page and stop whining”.