THERE is why you got used to it so quickly, you've not had the experience, and don't have to unlearn fifteen years of Windows with a Start button. New users, surely, will adapt more quickly than users who've been doing the same things SINCE THEY GOT a computer in, say 1998. New users have had to learn recently, and don't have to unlearn as much.
I threw the baby out with the bathwater, anyway, and just installed Linux. With that, you can easily customize your user experience the way you want, making your system look and feel like any version of windows, or mac, or anything you want. That, I was willing to learn, it didn't require unlearning windows, simply learning new things.
To the original questioner, I'd say, install Linux, leaving a dual boot, and that way you have a windows install if you really have to use it for a program or two (probably no more than that) that won't work on Linux without a lot of trouble.
Then, you can decide what you want, you can even get a 3-D taskbar, several floating tool menus, multiple desktops and monitors, easily, and for the most part, it's all free, and much more secure than a virus-laden windows environment, which had critical updates within THREE days of release!
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