So you want W8 to boot into what you call a START app?
In W8, the 'desktop' is not a mode; it is a Metro (START) app. One click takes you there...just one.
Close it with the conventional, W7-style 'alt + F4' if you like, or drag it off the screen. The "X-to-close" still works with non-Metro apps.
The START screen is the fabled Start button laid-out in a highly customizable form, which can easily be shifted to show everything the old Start button did. Granted, it displays everything horizontally rather than by vertical, cascading menus, but it can be readily configured to suit your individual needs, something the old Start button did not do.
And that is all we are talking about here; just the UI. Nothing about W8 requires a touchscreen to be effective and useable.
I see an irony in people demanding that they be allowed to boot into a different Metro (START) app, as if that would bring W7 back. You fault W8 for these kinds of START apps, yet you want to use one as your primary tool.
In reality, all this noise is more about peoples' reaction to change, not about W8's functionality.
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