Windows 8: If Windows 8's new interface is getting you down, RetroUI is a simple app that skips the Start screen and brings back the Start button,. The newest version brings even more features, including the ability to run Windows 8's full-screen tiled apps in regular desktop windows.
The old version skipped the Start screen and brought back the old Start menu, just like lots of other apps -- RetroUI's new trick is to extend that approach into other areas, including the ability to squeeze Windows Store apps into a regular window and bring the taskbar into the tiled UI. If you want to run Windows 8 but don't want it to look like Windows 8 at all, this is the way to go. (Though there is a point where you'd wonder why you upgraded at all if you go that far.)
RetroUI is a $US5 download for Windows machines, but you can access a free trial by hitting the link below.