Andrea, can I just ask why you're even bothering using Windows 8, when (at least as far as I see) you're not utilizing one new feature. You've gotten rid of the start screen, and instead replaced it with a start menu. That I would be OK with, if your desktop just wasn't such a mess of XP (Luna msstyle) and Classic/Windows 98 UI elements. That, and the fact that your desktop is just an unbearable sight to me, seeing as almost 2/3rd's of it are taken up by application shortcuts. Here's a little hint-the search field in the Start menu is more efficient than that.
As for the Vista/7 screenshots, the same arguments as above apply, but I've also got to comment on the horrendous choice of window colors. That over-saturated purplish color just can't be pleasing to read on.
You also say that Windows 8 is slower than 7, which is slower than XP. So, why aren't you using XP in that case?
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for UI customization, but I just don't see the benefit in installing a new iteration of an OS and then removing all of its' new features and/or replacing them with older ones.
No the Metro theme and the start screen are still there on Windows 8. Because you can't disable the Metro theme like you could in Windows 8 Developers Preview.
But now with the new version of Classic Shell it boots straight to the desktop. Well you only see the start screen for 1 second before being taken to the desktop.
Where as before,in the old version of Classic Shell you booted into the start screen and did not get to the desktop unless you clicked the desktop tile.
Although in Start Menu 7 you could get to the desktop by clicking the Windows key,which took you to the desktop and brought up the Windows 7 start menu.
But if you have the Windows XP or Windows 7 start menu on Windows 8,which I have. You don't really need to have so many icons on the desktop. And I could make the icons smaller,by using the small icons setting instead of Medium icons.
But if you have got only the Metro start menu and have not installed Classic Shell or other start menu software,then you probably need to have more icons on the desktop. To access things quickly,although you can still pin items to the taskbar in Windows 8. But you notice I have not done that.
Well the quick launch in Windows XP and Windows Vista is useless. As it pins all of the desktop icons to the taskbar. It is not like Windows 7 and Windows 8 pin to the taskbar function,where you can choose what items you want pinned to the taskbar.
Oh,and there is another quick launch toolbar on the right hand side of the taskbar in Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8. That displays all of your items pinned to the desktop. Andrea Borman.