I remember some time ago that if you wanted to buy a Ferrari, it was a stick shift or nothing. Then Ferrari introduces automatic transmission. There was a cry far and wide of a automatic transmission on a Ferrari. Now, you cannot get a Ferrari with a stick shift. Not because Ferrari dictated that, but because poor sales, nobody wants one. People found out that automatic transmission was better and faster than a stick shift. The same is with Windows 8. Many people now cry far and wide now (I notice is the same people crying about Windows 8) but eventually we will find the Windows 8 is better. Now if you want a Ferrari with stick, you going to buy a old one at over a million dollars. Maybe I can sell you a Windows 3.1 (back to basic) for a few thousand dollars. LOL
Looks like someone needs to go back to the days of MS-DOS (assuming you're old enough to remember using it). Windows 8 - Start Menu = step backward. The clever thing to do would have been to give the customer a choice during setup as to whether or not they would like one or the other, with an easy switch able to be used from the control panel!?! But NOOOOOOOOO, Microsoft have to get rid of something that has worked for 20 years, and now they feel it's a waste of time? Puhlease.
Ferraris on the other hand, need an automatic shift because of the insane revs they put on the engine in the lowest of gears. You wouldn't want to have the gearbox falling through the floor of your brand new ride now would you... Therefore it's a safety feature for all the boys who can't really drive as well as their wallets would have you believe.
PS: The majority of Linux users have both Linux and Windows installed. Not because they feel they have to, but because they can. Claiming that they have to lean on another geeks knowledge doesn't preclude them learning it themselves. Furthermore, the 100+ Linux distros all use fairly standardised code, and there isn't 100+ different types of them (codeing). For instance, Ubuntu is able to install Debian packages, just like Puppy Linux can... I know you don't care, because you probably don't have the wherewithal to learn it. Instead, be spoon-fed by the cranks at MS Inc. You probably deserve it.