Booting Win8 to Desktop

Windows 8 Metro is a joke. Luckily, there are a few workarounds to start with the proper desktop shell. My favourite: Scheduling a task that runs explorer.exe after every log in. Since there are enough tutorials out there, I'm not going to bother writing it down here.

Make Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop

Alternatively, you could just download a GNU/Linux distribution. Why not Ubuntu?