A super quick tip for those frustrated by the lack of a Start Menu in Windows 8. There is a way to pull-up an almost-Start Menu by hitting a couple of keys.
Hit the Windows Key and the letter X on your keyboard. Below is what the Windows Key looks like:
A window will pop up in the lower left-hand side of your Metro/Modern Start Screen.
In that Window you will find a menu listing Desktop, Control Panel, File Explorer, Task Manager, Programs and more.
This may help ease some of the navigation issues with Windows 8.