Yet another Start menu thread! It all comes down to a point of view. Windows 8 was designed, primarily, for use on touchscreens/tablets. etc. Microsoft left in the secondary function of using the old style desktop, but, for various reasons, left the legacy start menu out. This is easy enough to install from the several third party add ons now available. But, imo, the performance improvements, speaking of the OS in it's entirety, are not sufficient to allow me to recommend buying, to anyone in my circle. I would see no real reason to recommend that they purchase the product, to then convert it to something more like Windows 7. This includes the above, but also by means of a mass of legacy desktop shortcuts or similar taskbar usage. Windows 7 is stable, and does most things the better than average user would desire of an OS. Why change. But, in spite of having said that, I think the author of the link has , indeed, missed the point. Many potential users of Windows 8 do not have touchscreens. Many, also, may not have , if ever, for many years. Possibly they would not see a real purpose in having to use the "Metro" as their new start menu. Fwiw, and we have been into this too many times, I use, successfully, a combination of both and am enjoying Windows 8.