Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild %u2022 The Register. If you have a Windows 8 computer, you know that your trusted Start button disappeared, and you boot to a screen with the formerly known as Metro interface. If you have been reading this blog, you also know that, for $4.99, you can buy Stardock's useful utility, Start8, that solves both problems. Now, the upcoming Windows 8 update promises to add a new Windows Start button, and to permit booting past Metro directly to the Desktop. I have no problem with Metro, if you have a touch screen. However, older notebooks require navigating with a mouse, which is only comfortable on the Desktop interface. Keep an eye out for Windows Blue. It will be a free upgrade.