Here's my desktop with the Start Menu folder used as a Quick Launch folder on the Taskbar.
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And Here's the Modern UI Start Menu.
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I'm using Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer from codigobit apps software by vhanla
codigobit apps: Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer
I use Slide Show for my Desktop background, so they periodically change. Having the same background for MUI as the DT really makes it feel like a start menu overlying the desktop.
How do you get gadgets working on Windows 8? I want my old Vista Sticky Notes back on there!