With the release of Windows 8.1, Windows 8 is now capable of the same functionality that made windows 7 great while adding improved performance.
1. The first step is to make sure you have the 8.1 update, this isn't an auto update, the only way to get it is through the Windows 8 app store.
Now that you have the update, there are a few configurations that need to be done:
-right click on the task bar
You now have a start menu that behaves basically the same way windows 7 did except it's full screen and you need to right click to get control panel/admin functions.
2. The next task is to get rid of windows 8 applications, this was/is the main issue with windows 8, these apps are garbage on a PC and are somewhat frustrating to get out of.
First step is to delete all windows 8 applications, there are 6 that you can't delete, Store, PC settings, Photos, Camera, Desktop, Onedrive
-Start menu, right click on each windows 8 application, (you should be able to identity them by the icons) uninstall.
3. Finally, set up new default programs, this will make sure you never get sent to any of the remaining windows 8 applications and repair all of the remaining defaults to proper desktop programs
-you'll find the default application program in the control panel, everything left in there other than Photos should be desktop apps, go through the list one by one and "set this program as default" for each one; you should probably start with your least used program and end with your most used program to ensure that the program you use most of the time is the default in case there are multiple programs capable of handling a particular task.
That's it, you have the best version of windows working the way you want it to.