You can easily create shortcuts to classic desktop applications on Windows 8 Start Screen (this is called "Pin to Start" in Windows 8).
It may not be immediately obvious how to rename these shortcuts / tiles once they are on your Start Screen.

  1. Select (right click) on the tile you want to rename.
    Windows 8 tile
  2. Click on "Open File Location"
    Windows 8 open file location
  3. This will open your shortcut in Windows Explorer.
    Windows 8 Start folder
  4. Simply rename it there and this will change the name which appears on the start screen.
    Windows 8 tile

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