I have classic shell installed.
She just hates windows 8 ...
She opens a picture .. BAM .. fullscreen. She hates it.
She opens a PDF ... BAM .. fullscreen. She hates it.
She opens the internet .. BAM ... fullscreen. She hates it.
I've changed the default applications to avoid, and installed classic shell to elevate it from "stupid toy" to "Real PC" status.. but she just hates windows 8.
The damage is already done.
If it was a touch screen, she might show some sympathy for the horrible interface that looks like it was colour coordinated by a blind child having an epileptic seizure. But it's not. It's a PC with a mouse and keyboard, and Windows 8 is unusable without a proper start menu ... something that Microsoft obviously didn't think about when they unleashed the Kraken on their customers.
My wife prefers Linux mint to windows 8, and can actually work in it, despite the lack of Microsoft office, and Microsoft everything.
It's a good thing they're re-introducing the start menu to windows 8 ...
It's still a real pity about the UGLY themes that were adopted for windows 8, after those beautiful aero-glass that were in windows 7.
My personal favourite was my next door neighbour, recently had a major fight with a (now ex) friend, and somehow windows 8 managed to dig out the only photo of this (ex) friend and put it as the first photo in the Windows 8 gallery program. There does not appear to be any way to change these gallery photo's, apart from finding the offending photo and deleting it, to force the gallery program to find a new undesirable photo to display every time you open it.
God help anyone that leaves a naughty-pic collection on their HDD
Microsoft have really outdone themselves this time