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As far as being abused by Windows, you are not alone in your misery. If you have Windows 8.0 and are confused by the interface and trying to find your way around in it, you might consider upgrading to Windows 8.1; at least you will get Explorer back again. Then, go Here and download and install Start 8, and that will give you back your Start button. Then Windows 8 should become far more manageable and will boot to a desktop screen similar to XP or Windows 7. It will be the best $5 you ever spent.
Edited by ranchhand_, 02 September 2014 - 07:10 AM.