Looks like I am the first to agree with her.
I was a beta user (Preview..etc) for a while, but have to admit that, like everyone in the above, I spent most of my time on the desktop while occasionally playing with the Start screen. Then I bought and upgraded to the Professional 64 bit version (at $69.00 for the CD at Amazon along with a $30.00 promotional credit, it was a no brainer).
I now find myself living on the Star screen. I have put all of the tiles for my frequently used application (apps or Windows programs) on the far left, where they are quickly available to me (even when I remote from my Win 7 laptop which is every day)...and yes, the Computer title still occupies the top left position (it is cool when you right click, you get the same options as on the desktop). I even added a Recycle Bin tile. Haven't figured a way to add Control Panel, but that can easily be selected from the Win+X menu (if you haven't tried this, you really should - quick access to many Windows power user's tools). You can also get to Control Panel by clicking on the Computer tile (or desktop icon) - it is right there on the ribbon (oh, that's right, some of you hate the ribbon too).
Hate to disappoint you Microsoft haters and enemies of progress and change, but I cannot see myself ever going back. I would consider upgrading my laptop, except that it is so easy to access my Win 8 desktop from Windows 7 RDP. I even have a batch file that wakes my desktop up from Sleep mode and connects me to it.
Six weeks should do it for the average user - power users should get there faster, if they want to.