Windows 8 Start Menu options

Your first option is simply to create a toolbar on the taskbar next to where the clock and running apps show in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Follow the steps below:

1. Make sure show hidden files has been enabled.
2. Right-click on the taskbar and click Toolbars and then New toolbar.
3. Browse to C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows and select Start Menu and choose Select Folder.
4. Once completed you'll have a new Start Menu folder with all your programs in the Programs folder.

Alternatively you can download and install any of these third party apps for restoring the windows start menu: 
ViStart 8 - A free utility to get the start menu back the way it was in Windows 7. Also includes lots of other features.
Start 8 – This is another tool to get the start menu back.
Classic Shell – This is a free tool that’s open source software for adding the start menu and many other previous Windows features to Windows 8.”