Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172042/how-to-organize-the-all-apps-list-on-windows-8/
Windows 8 awkwardly forces the Start menu programs list into a flat “All Apps” list. Many programs haven’t been properly updated for this new reality and fill your All Apps list with useless shortcuts to help files, websites, and uninstallers.
Wow. This seems like an awful lot of work just to get the 8.1 Start Menu to look functional.
It's for this reason, you will never see Windows 8 in the corporate world. Far, far too much "tweaking".
I'll stay with 7.
Another reason to stick with Windows 7 for sure... Just installing Win 2012 Server, and at least there is no 'Charms' menu on that one (although you still have a stupid Start Menu and pull-out access bar)
Window 7 rocks! Windows 8 . . . not so much. Yuck.
I actually really like Server 2012. It's by far the best server OS Microsoft has ever done. I don't use the GUI so much as the Server Manager feature. You can do everything right from there without actually RDP-ing to a server. Some fantastic features and really quick.
i don't think it is necessary to rearrange the all apps menu in win 8.
we did this in win 7 because the desktop in win 7 doesn't allow categorization.
the start screen in win 8 is in fact already a desktop with categorization.
thus we don't need to repeat the categorization in the all apps menu.
This article contains some of the worst computer advice I've read recently! Clearing the clutter on your all apps screen by deleting program shortcuts from the underlying start menu folders is really stupid. What if you want to run one of the affected programs at some later date? The shortcuts you will have deleted would come in handy then. It is not always that simple to figure out where that shortcut pointed to later.
This is the ALL APPS screen we're talking about after all. It is supposed to be comprehensive. The better option is to clean up the Start Screen instead. Uninstall or Unpin all of the tiles you don't want and then look for things on the All Apps screen you do want and pin them to the Start Screen. Voila! Your All Apps screen is intact and you have a nice, clean custom Start Screen.