For those of us who want a Start Menu-sort of-on the desktop…
The Quick Launch still works in Window 8
Make a new tool bar with this:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
If you follow that link after the bar is created it is much easier to organize (create folders, arrange short cuts, etc.) the bar in the folder. You can, in effect, create a Start Menu without the orb.
For those critics of this hint…you do not want to know what I think.