I'm using Windows 8 on my notebook. I'm also using this program, which adds a startbutton to the desktop: http://www.classicshell.net/ When I run JA2 stracciatella in fullscreen mode, the start button is still visible, yet not clickable. I tried to make a screenshot, but the start button is not visible on the screenie. So, I took a phote with my cellphone:
Note that the cursor is hidden by the start button and the start button is not clickable and can't be captured by a screenshot.
Also, the problem does not occur with JA2 Gold (Vanilla) on the same system. Actually, the JA2 Gold installation is the same source, I'm using for stracciatella.
I hope, there is a way to make stracciatella "hide" the start button.
Edit: I can work around the issue by hiding the task bar.