Windows 8 is now my main OS on my Lenovo X220T touch laptop. But I find myself to be in the Desktop mode 95% of the time. I hate to go back to the Windows 8 tiles, scroll all the way to the right to be able to start an application I don't start too often.
I have been a fan of Stardock Fences for a couple of years now and I just found that they have another tool called Start8 that will bring back the same menu you had in Windows 7 for the desktop of Windows 8. Check it at http://www.stardock.com/products/start8.