Microsoft made a big deal about the Start button being removed from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It actually still exists in functional form, just invisibly -- in Windows 8’s Desktop mode (the GUI environment that resembles the classic Windows desktop), hover the pointer over the lower-left corner of the screen, and a thumbnail of the Start Metro panel pops open. Clicking this thumbnail opens the Start Metro panel. But if you miss the good ol’ Start button, you can install one. Stardock, a company known for its myriad of Windows customization software, released a free tool, Start8, that puts the Start button back.