I had also added that there was hope for the future in the Win-X menu, a simple menu which opens when you press the Windows key and the X key together. This offers a list of many of the programs most of us want access to occasionally but which are often hard to find. (And is the menu which you get if you right click on the new icon at the left hand end of the taskbar in Windows 8.1)
The list includes Programs and Features, Event Viewer, Device Manager, Disk Manager, the Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin), File Explorer, Search and more.
If only we could add a few more or replace some with others more useful to us! Well, as I read in some blogs, you can edit the menu but Win8 is so clever that it checks the hashtag of any items you add and reverts to the original when you reboot.
I felt sure that someone out there was clever enough to work around Microsoft's way of keeping us to their path. It was just a question of waiting.
We did not have to wait long. Several blogs were soon pointing to the wonders to be found at http://winaero.com/
From there you can now download the Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8. In the best traditions of such programs, this does not need to be installed. Just download the zip file, choose the right version for 32 or 64 bit and run it.
It doesn't make it a fancy menu, it is still just a list of links to programs and services, but you can make it YOUR list and it will survive reboots. There are several presets to let you add links such as one to Notepad, which I tried as a first simple step, and it worked as promised.
Will it lead me to unload Classic Start Menu? Maybe, but I must add that the other problem with Windows 8, the Metro tiles start page, can also be solved at the WinAero site: Skip Metro Suite, to boot directly to the Desktop.
They have a number of add-ons for Windows 7 too, including a Libraries management tool and a TakeOwnership tool. I hope that you have not come across the problem where you can't even open a folder or file using Administrator rights, but it does happen and this TakeOwnership tool claims to overcome it.