how can I get the Start button to reappear within the desktop of Windows 8?

Hello Everyone,

              Within Windows 8, I did notice that the Start button which normally appears on the lower left hand corner is not present within the classic desktop.  That said, could someone provide the necessary steps for having it to reappear?

               Thank you

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need Windows 8.1 for that, so did you at some point update it to V8.1?

If something has gone wrong, run SFC /SCANNOW from an Admin Command Prompt. From the same prompt, run:

dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Restart after the above.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi John,

          Thank you, John, for  your suggestions.  As far as I know, nothing has gone wrong.  I am customizing the operating to best fit my friend's needs.  With respect to updating to Windows 8.1, could you provide the necessary link for downloading and installing it?

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can run Windows 8 Updates while connected to the internet and it should update. Did for me.

Windows 8 is quite old now.  Any chance your user would consider updating to Windows 10?  Ease of use is better in Windows 10 and many experts here are using it.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi John

          Sounds like some great ideas here.  With respect to running Windows 8 Updates, which area would I need to go for that?  I do have very good wireless access at my home with AT&T.  Also, with respect to updating to Windows 10, is there a link I can go to to carry that out?

             Thank you

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Control Panel, Windows Updates should start the update.

The user would have to pay for a Windows 10 license.  Go to :

Create a bootable USB key and start the process that way. At a point of activation, you (user) would need pay.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Thank you so very much, John.  You were definitely spot on with your recommendation.  Following the upgrade from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1, the Start button did appear as you predicted.

By the way, John, would you mind reviewing my new open post at 
I would greatly appreciate any feedback you might have to this one.

Thanks again :-)

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help you resolve this issue
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