Because the start menu was an outdated part of the operating system. http://www.neowin.ne...t__p__595048551
That's what I don't understand, Microsoft.
Why not give users who shelled out their own hard-earned money for Windows 8, a choice -- Metro or the 'classic' Start button ?
'Different' is not always better.
As for the thread starter, I wouldn't bother with a start menu replacement. Just use the start page, for me it works almost identical to the start menu. I open it (usually using the start button on my keyboard) and start typing to launch a program. I don't use many metro apps and don't bother with the live tiles.