Yes, this, lol!
Many are paying for that 'third party' app to get just that, and use it as an excuse for anything, to protect their 'beloved' OS, that is, Win8
In all reality, they lost more when installing this piece of crap, and no app will ever make it seem otherwise
scaramonga, those like you that are insisting on FORCING users to choose really have no idea what the reason for being for Windows 8 (not WindowsRT) is.
WindowsRT and Windows 8, despite their UI similarity, have different reasons for being.
WindowsRT specifically targets the tablet/device space (Android and iOS) and is geared almost entirely toward content consumption.
Windows 8, on the other hand, is a superset OS - it has both the Win32 environment (minus the Start menu) that Windows 7 and before have had, and the WinRT API (in addition to being by and large cross-compatible with WindowsRT, and capable of runing a lot of the same apps).
WinRT is not meant to replace Win32 - at all (except maybe in the VERY long term - somewhere out around Windows 10, if not later). Augment, yes - replace, no.
Microsoft cannot, under any circumstances, ignore the tablet/slate/device space - neither in terms of operating system software or in terms of development for the space. Most of you know criticizing Windows 8 are well aware of it.
So why is it that you are acting like the old-school PC builders did when confronted with the first products by Falcon Northwest? (You've heard of them - the builders of those big bulky beige boxes that were, by and large, utterly another B word - boring!)
Why are you practically insisting that the PC ecosystem NOT change?
Computing IS changing and evolving - whether you, I, Google, Apple, or even Microsoft like it or not.
The Internet *alone* has changed more in just the past two years than in the 2000-2010 time frame - and its reach has changed with it.
Microsoft's choice is simple - grab the tiger by the ears and hang on. The ride WILL be bumpy; however, the alternative is to become lunch for those companies that can adapt to those changes.
And I can assure you that Microsoft no more wants to be the tiger's lunch than does Google - or Apple, for that matter.
And that means that Windows - the cornerstone of the company - must change with it.
The same applies to Google, and Apple, and everyone else.
Only time will tell whether the WinRT API will have the long life that Win32 has had - which is unheard-of in terms of staying power.
However, Win32 is not, and never has been, tied to the Start menu - if anything, Windows 8, and how Win32 applications behave in it, is hard data that proves it.
While some USERS may be tied to the functionality of the Start menu, that has nothing to do with the Win32 API.
I run mostly (but not exclusively) Win32 applications and games in Windows 8 today - could I do that if Win32 were tied to the Start menu?
The answer - as even the critics admit - is an emphatic and unreserved NO.
The whole thing is basically a tempest in a teapot at best.