If there was one huge change from Windows 7 to Windows 8, it would be the relatively flat look of the user interface, and of course, who can forget the lamentations that followed after folks realized that the Start button has gone missing? Well, here is some good news for those who wished for the “good old days”, that the upcoming Windows 8.1 preview that is just some days away will mark the return of the Start button. So far, final preview copies of Windows Server 2012 R2 have been distributed, and these do point to the inclusion of a similar Start button as what was leaked in the past concerning Windows 8.1 preview.
Apparently, if you were to right click on the Start button in Windows 8.1, it will offer you the usual power users menu, although you would now be able to Shut Down or Restart the operating system via that way. Power users will definitely welcome these two returning functions with more than just open arms, since it has been that way for so many years already. Other than that, extra navigation options will also be thrown into the mix, such as the ability to disable the upper-right hot corner in order to gain access to the Charms, the upper-left area, and the ability to boot to the desktop instead of the Start screen whenever you sign-in at the beginning.