The Start button is set to return in an update with Windows 8.1, it has been reported. However, sources close to Microsoft told The Verge that the traditional menu associated with the Start button would not make a return.
It is understood that the revived button will allow users to access the Start screen, and looks identical to the Windows flag used in the Charm Bar.
Windows controversially scrapped the Start button and a range of previous features with the release of Windows 8 in October 2012 as it moved towards a more tablet-friendly system.
The first major update of the operating system, commonly known as ‘Windows Blue’, will also allow users to bring back the original load-up screen instead of the tiled interface.
A Windows 8 Start menu replacement by Pokki reached 1.5 million downloads in January, suggesting that there is still demand for the classic approach.