We all know that Windows 8 Developer Preview doesn't come with Windows Vista and 7 style Start Menu. Microsoft has removed it from Windows 8 Developer Preview. There are high chances that Microsoft will add it again in Windows 8 Beta, RC or final version.
We have posted a detailed tutorial to enable old Start Menu in Windows 8:
Using the same registry trick and tutorial to add program shortcuts in Windows context menu, "MBOSSG" @ DA has created a small and portable utility for Windows 8.
"Start Menu Selector" is a free utility for Windows 8 Developer Preview which adds its entry in Desktop context menu (right-click menu) and allows you to easily and quickly toggle between old Start menu and new Metro Start menu.
Just right-click on Desktop and select "Start Menu Selector" option and it'll enable old Start menu. If you want to restore new Metro Start menu, click on the option again.
PS: To remove the option from context menu, run the "Delete Start Menu Selector From context menu.exe" file present in the downloaded archive.
UPDATE: This utility no longer works in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Release Preview and RTM versions. You can check out following useful articles to enable Start Menu and Start button in Windows 8:
- How to Enable Good Old Start Button (ORB) and Start Menu in Windows 8?
- Get Start Button (ORB) and Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8 Using Classic Shell
- Start8: Download Freeware to Get Start Button (ORB) and Start Menu Back in Windows 8