Unfortunately, but a stark reality, many people don't want to give up their Windows XP or Windows 7 (sorry Vista) for Windows 8. I read a nicely done blog post, The Metro Haters Guide to Windows 8.1 Preview by ZDNet writer, Ed Bott that makes that change smoother.
First of all, the Windows 8 Desktop looks just like Windows 7 but without a Start Button. So if this is your only complaint about Windows 8, then stop right here and just click on the Desktop tile and work from there. That's what I do but I digress.
Next was to force Windows 8 to skip the new ("metro") Start Screen and go right to the Windows Desktop, like XP or Windows 7. Here I used Skip Metro Suite which is also FREE. Again, Windows 8.1, when it comes out, will do this but in the meantime Skip Metro Suite will do the trick.
- Go to the Control Panel
- Choose User Accounts and Family Safety
- Choose User Accounts
- Choose Manage Accounts
- Choose Change an Account
- Choose the Account (typically just yours as Administrator)
- Change the Password
- Enter the Current Password
- Leave the two password spaces blank.
- Leave the Hint blank
- Hit Enter or Click OK.