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Assuming most use windows 10 by now not win 8 so everything relevant for the start menu is back. Tiles can all be removed (I don't like them) The top 10 most used programs should be pinned to the taskbar. WIN+1,2,3,...0 will start them/lay the focus on them Everything else I start with WIN+"type some letters of the name" Right click on the windows "start"-logo brings up shortcuts to jump basically everywhere in the windows settings for example "event viewer" or "device manager".

Note that WIN+search orders results by hits so if you use it for a while it gets better. Also if you don't use file search you should turn it off as this makes search faster for starting programs.

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