Don't downgrade...just change Win8 to your liking

I feel the same way you do about Windows 8. I just turned on a new computer yesterday that had Windows 8 on it for the first time, and damn I was lost. Then I started searching the web and found some free programs that can give you back the classic start menu and essentially turn Windows 8 back to Windows 7. Trust me that it is far easier to keep Windows 8 and modify it than to completely start from scratch with Windows 7. I've done the format/reinstall thing before with many computers, and without the right drivers and programs, you're dead in the water and have a nice new paperweight.