I love Windows 8. Even though Microsoft took away the start menu in Windows 8, I have never felt it missing because, I simply hit the windows key and type the name of the app I am searching for. This is something that I did with Windows 7 as well.
Long long time ago, I wrote about two software that will allow you to Say Goodbye to your Windows Start Menu. Yet another software that provides a similar functionality is called Guillotine. Guillotine is a free and lightweight Windows utility that allows you to quickly and naturally access items you commonly (and uncommonly) use like programs, bookmarks, contacts, and web searches.