From the outset the biggest complaint about Windows 8 was the lack of a start menu like the one provided in all other Windows operating systems starting with Windows 98.
Some would argue that the Start Screen—which is what you get when you click the 8.1 Start button—can do everything that the Start menu can, but it can’t. You can’t hover the mouse over a Modern tile and get a submenu of files recently opened in that application. And the Start screen just doesn’t feel right to most longtime Windows users.
Luckily, you can find lots of third-party Start menus for Windows 8 and many of them are free. My favorite, Classic Shell found at http://www.classicshell.net/, is one of the free ones. It’s capable of giving you a fairly close resemblance to the Windows 7 Start menu. But you can also change that look with additional skins, add separate Programs and Apps menus in place of the traditional All Programs, and pick an image for the Start button.
If you don’t like Classic Shell you can try one of the others from this list provided by PC World Magazine. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2054422/five-tools-to-bring-the-start-menu-back-to-windows-8-1.html