Recently I was teaching a remote class to customers. They were all new to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, so I was giving a bit of a tour for them. When they got to their lab assignments one of my students informed me that he was connecting with a computer that had a nonstandard keyboard…one that didn’t include a Windows key. Because of this he couldn’t figure out how to get to the new Start screen.
I remembered back to my days of supporting Microsoft Natural Keyboard and told him to try Ctrl + Esc. Sure enough, my old knowledge was still handy. Good old Ctrl + Esc still taps the start button…even if it isn’t there.
Now it simply takes you to the Start screen.