I bought myself a cheap new Toshiba Satellite C50-B-140 laptop. It only has a 500Gb drive ample for me and not a touch screen, as I get enough pain in my arm using a mouse for hours without waving it all over the 15 in screen.
Have you any idea where the fools have now hidden the all important equivalent PROGRAMS list in this Win 8.1 formally under the Start Button. Toshiba have probably messed up the usual layout of Win 8.1 I suspect.
I can swap from the silly big desktop for tablets to the classic XP one where I have managed to import all my shortcuts. But neither show a replica of the old Start button as I thought was possible. In fact the only way I can close down is to swap back to the big tablet desktop.