The OS upgrade fixes a lot of things, but the classic pop-up Start menu isn’t one of them. These utilities—four of them, free—can fill the gap. Whether you prefer a plain Start menu, a customizable one, or loads of extras, one of these programs can give you the Windows 8.1 you wanted in the first place.
Classic Shell adds the features back into Windows 8.0 and 8.1 that Microsoft took out. It also adds many useful enhancements to the Windows Explorer.
This mil-spec tested tablet can take punishment, but its performance is held back by a slow processor and a small amount of memory.
This hefty notebook has an excellent screen and plenty of storage space, but it delivers only mediocre performance and battery life.
Based on a board game, Windows 8 game Zombies!!! is fun and cartoony. Although up to four can play at once, it's bloody enough that it's not a good choice for a family barbecue (depending on the family).