the rest of your post aside, the question once again pops up
if you're gonna go through all the trouble to make 8 work exactly like 7 then why bother even upgrading?
Did I say I want it exactly the same? You are also forgetting the under-the-hood changes that Windows 8 brings that are much better than Windows 7. I do not want to have to dig in to the file associations to avoid the full screen image viewer or music player (and other stuff). Not once did I say it needs to be exactly like Windows 7. I said to make it operate like Windows 7. And what I mean by that is to use a standard "windowed" photo viewer, not a full screen one.
I clicked desktop already, why is it taking me BACK to a full screen app. Why do I NEED to change the associations? I never had to do such a thing before because they did not have these annoying full screen applications in previous versions.
but that's the thing, some of the people i've seen on this forum even go to the lengths to disable other new features on the desktop as well such as the ribbon and other things just to make it exactly like 7 (then there's that one program that just completely replaces 8s explorer with the one from 7). what's the point?
See, I like the ribbon in the explorer. The new task manager is incredible. I love the new desktop interface. I just want it to work like Windows 95 -> Windows 7 did. Straight to desktop, no hidden invisible menus/hot corners, and no default full screen apps in the file associations (I am already in the desktop environment, being thrown back to the other interface is not fun). THAT is what I mean by making it act like Windows 7.