Firstly, stop using netbooks. They're very underpowered hardware. The price you'd paid for the several netbooks you own (my guess is four, since you state you have 2 XP netbooks and several running Windows 7) could have gotten you a much better laptop, or better yet-a desktop.
The reason I use netbooks is because they are the only ones that have 32 bit Windows 7. But the big Windows 7 laptops have 64 bit. Which as you know you cannot run Windows 3.1 or 95 games or 16 bit software on 64 bit Windows, only on 32 bit.
And even though I always do a clean install of Windows 7 now from my Windows 7 DVD. If my laptop was a 64 bit,it may only have 64 bit drivers. And so that would be a problem because I want to install 32 bit Windows.
And may I add that my 32 bit Windows 8 RP is wonderful. All of the 16 bit software,Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and now Dos games works on Windows 8 RP. But they won't work on 64 bit Windows. Also I read 64 bit Windows is not very good.
But I do have one big desktop laptop that has Windows Vista 32 bit. But that is a second hand one made in 2009,before they stopped putting 32 bit on big laptops.
Absolutely agree, but they aren't going to do so, it should be clear by now that they have no interest in listening to their users. 3rd party options are going to be the only way of disabling it, sorry.
That's right. the only way now to get the start button and Windows 7 start menu is with third party software. Which I hope will work on the final version of Windows 8.
Also Microsoft does listen to its users Many windows 8 features are here because of us users the only thing Microsoft dont want to hear is anything about the start menu because they made the choice long time ago to ditch it and come up with the start screen that does everything the start menu does but better . so They do listen also they read the forums they read the windows 8 blogs and emails you send them but the metro start screen is something that is staying.
I think that the Metro theme is not needed. And I find the Metro start menu does not meet mine and most peoples needs. It is difficult to create new start menu folders on the Metro start menu. And the Metro start menu is not on the desktop.
So I and most people install a third part start menu software that gives us both the start button and Windows 7 start menu. Andrea Borman.