Windows 8.1 IS "better" than 8.0 in many ways. Yes, the so-called Start button is the same as the Windows key; except in Windows 8.1 it can > the ALL Applications screen, instead of Start. IF your point is, that for some reason, you feel "the Tile window" to be a bad thing, you do not have to use it, BTW. There are 2 other choices. (1) use the ALL Applications screen instead or (2) have an Applications folder/window on the Desktop Taskbar & never leave Desktop to access anything.I upgraded to 8.1 thinking it would make it better, and boy was I wrong. Sure, the start button is back, but all it does is bring you to the tile window. That is what the windows button on the keyboard does... I installed an aftermarket program that gives you the classic start button.
Finally, 8.1 has decided to screw with my wifi as well. I have to do a restart any time I shut down or go into sleep mode, because for some reason it disables my wifi every time. Restarting is the only way to get it to come back. And NO ONE has been able to fix it.
I also thought that Windows-8 was off base... Windows-7 was the first really good Windows-OS, since Windows-2000-pro... my opinion..
Personally I love using windows 8.1 and do not lament the loss of a start menu. I don't use the tablet features a great deal but then again why would I? I'm a desktop user.. I should add that I install 8.1 using a proper iso file and do not upgrade from Windows 8.Sorry for not coming around more than what I do.
I used to be one of the most serious people of staying with Windows-7. Then I bought a 700.00 laptop with Windows-8. After about a week, I saw some good about the OS.
Just put Windows 8.1 onto my MAIN tower. My rocker MAIN tower is my secure place. I run 2 1920x1080 screens... 3840x1080 res.
When I put all the programs I want to run in the "pin to taskbar"..... why do I need a start menu..