[QUOTE=debro;2642576]I’ve found windows 8 to be quicker than windows 7 on the same hardware.
Without the metro interface, I’d almost suggest that windows 8 is much better than windows 7.
As Dee mentioned, you can use 3rd party (free) software to add a start bar. Its just that you shouldn’t have to.
Apart from the FUBAR metro interface, it’s a great improvement. But … it’s got metro.
FFS.[/QUOTE]I’ll keep saying this 'till the moon turns blue. So don’t use Metro. Just go directly to the Desktop view after booting into Windows 8, put icons and/or folders for everything you do on the desktop, and go. I do this with Windows 7 and never use the start menu anyway. It’s actually quicker and easier than the start menu because everything is right there in plain view.