In Pictures: Making the most of Windows 8 - the diehard's guide

You may need to break many old habits to get the most out of Windows 8, but it doesn't have to be a cataclysmic event

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Coping with Windows 8 Start: Third-party options

Another way to keep from getting hung up on the new Start screen is to use a third-party program to re-create the behavior of the legacy Start menu. Stardock, makers of a number of desktop-enhancement utilities for Windows, have released Start8, an application that moves the Start menu back onto the legacy desktop and makes it behave more like the old Start menu. It even re-creates the original Start button on the taskbar. And now that Stardock has succeeded in working around Microsoft's latest attempt to block Start menu alternatives, expect other options to arise soon.

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