I think it’s time for people to stop using the “afraid of change” as a defense for Windows H8. Like I said, people are changing. They’re changing to Apple, Linux, Android, etc, which it what prompted Microsoft to try to foist a tablet OS onto people in the first place. I also think it’s time for people to stop blaming the “new & improved” Start Screen (aka The Bing Screen) as a reason why people aren’t downgrading to Windows H8. For many people Windows H8 is just plain bad. I routinely open more than 1 folder at a time. With XP they always just open in the same place and the same size, every time I open them. With Windows H8 it’s open a folder, move it, re-size it, open another folder, move it, re-size it, open another folder, move it, re-size it… every single time. That sucks. With XP I can mix and match icons and thumbnails, it’s not either one or the other. And by the way, having an empty folder an icon and a folder with a piece of paper in it as a thumbnail sucks. With XP I can open a folder with music in it and just click Play All, I don’t have to jump through a bunch of hoops first. And don’t give me any crap about just using your media player of choice, sometimes it’s easier to just go straight to the folder, at least with XP that is. With XP I can group my thousands of folders by individual letters of the alphabet, not giant blocks like A-H which, by the way, is a complete nightmare if what you want is in the middle of one of those blocks. Nearly everything I routinely do on my computer has been made more and more difficult with each “new & improved” version of Windows. I would be willing to bet that most people will agree with at least 1 of these things. THAT’S why people hate Widows H8, because it’s just plain bad and not because of some missing Start button that can be replaced with Classic Shell.
I do have one remaining XP install that I use to check the weather when in the kitchen (where it's kept), but wouldn't dare to enter a password on a site, not even my Google password to sync bookmarks. Even though it's reported as fully updated. Linux Mint is installed as a dual boot & come April, it's likely all that will be left on it.
Around 5-6 years ago, I'd be on the same page, but times has changed & computing has with it. And come April, the bad guys are going to have a field day busting into XP machines that's online. I, for one, won't fall victim to that. Not saying I'll never get attacked by malware, but it won't be from running an unsupported OS.