I've been saying the exact same thing since the Developer Preview was released. Metro actually makes it easier because everything is right there on the Metro Start screen (I just wish the tiles could be customized more and be made a lot smaller), and just one double click opens whatever you want to open. With the Start menu, you had to click the Start menu, then go through at least one or two additional submenus to get to the program you want to open. But if you don't like Metro, you don't have to use it anyway. Once booted into Windows 8, click the Desktop tile in Metro, and you don't ever need to go back (except to run Apps purchased from the Microsoft Store) if you have icons on the Desktop for the programs/files you use. (Which is how I've always used Windows 7 anyway, and is now how I use Windows 8). And lastly, Metro technically is the Start menu. It's just different because everything is layed out on the screen instead of being buried in pop-up menus and submenus like the previous Windows Start menus, and there's no permanently visible button in the corner to launch it.