On the Winaero website it is not only possible to download the little program, but also to read Sergey's motivations. "After the release of Windows 8.1 (the beta has been downloadable for months, ed) I found the Start button useless. Seriously, I see no problem with not having that button in the taskbar. I miss the old Start menu, the menu! A single key cannot restore the old user experience. So I decided to re-establish the behavior of Windows 8 ".
StartIsGone is freeware, and does not require installation or .NET Framework, but it is an application that is placed in the "tray icon" with some contextual options. "Check Run at Startup and the Start button will be removed every time you see your desktop," the website reads.
In short, the summary is this: Sergey didn't want a half-way Start button, but just the whole old "mechanism", complete with a menu. Microsoft, as we have explained in this article, has pushed for a hybrid solution, in order to push the use of the new Modern UI interface. Some users are not even satisfied with the compromise, and therefore "we might as well use Windows 8.1 as Windows 8". Which side are you on?
Windows 8.1 without Start button with StartIsGone