Moving to Windows 8 can be a frustrating experience. People that grew up on earlier versions of Windows are confused by the Metro screen (the tiles that show up when you boot). Fortunately there’s a 2 minute fix for that which came with Windows 8.1.
- From the Windows 8.1 desktop, right-click on the taskbar and choose Properties.
- In the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box that opens, click the Navigation tab.
- In the options in the “Start screen” area, check the box next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”
From now on you’ll boot directly to the desktop, making the experience feel much more “normal”.
You still won’t have a proper start button. If you want that you will have to install a free 3rd party program like Classic Shell. Do that and you can almost forget that you ever upgraded.