I am using "Classic Start" menu (Classic Shell)
I have copy/dragged Start > Programs > Desktop (shortcut) ... onto the Start (menu)
When any program is open neither the (default) Start/Programs/Desktop ... nor... Start/Desktop shortcuts do anything.
ie, Desktop is not activated.
I have been copy/dragging some Start/Programs/<shortcuts> around to reduce the size of the "Programs" menu.
In shortcut properties Desktop path "Show Desktop" is (disabled)
(But the same shortcut works on my Win7 PC.
On Win8 PC when I create a shortcut to desktop (ie, C:\Users\MyName\Desktop-- the shortcut opens WinExp at Desktop.
It does not minimize all open windows to reveal the Desktop.
The Win8 "Start screen" is not being used because I have modified the Laptop to boot/awaken to Desktop
Obviously I am missing something ... would appreciate any help