Yeah its UGLY!!!
been using windows 8 for 2 weeks and this is what I did:
I added Classic shell to bring back what Microsoft (and people on the a Windows 8 fan site called ) useless and outdated.
with classic shell you can boot to desktop ( Windows 7 Desktop)
Added NEXUS ( its like rocket Dock )
Of course there is no Glass ( AERO is gone )
Turned off Defender and using AVG free 2013 ( Defender was a pain and erasing non virus programs automatically thought Nexus Dock was a Virus LOL )
Windows 8 forces you to use a password to log in unless you take several steps ( more than 7 ) to turn off log on password
Even with User permissions turned off to Administrator rights you will still get nagged at moving folders around, a pop up will ask if its "OK" Administrator, your never the true Admin with windows 8 Microsoft Big Brother is in control in the name of security.
Lastly (Drum ROll here) when installing windows 8 Microsoft wants your Live Hotmail email account or asks you to make one and sets up the account ( the Windows account) as on the internet so your Laptop is expected to be on the net all the time LOL, you must make a "Local account" to be off the net not "talking to Microsoft"