You are not alone. when I got my latest PC, I had put it off as long as possible, trying to delay having to mess with all the boxes and sliding screens.
Eventually, I had to buy. I was tempted to wipe out windows 8 and install Windows 7… but I committed to trying it, I made the effort for a full week. After a week of struggling w/ hidden screens & buttons, I worked out a solution.
If you are struggling as well, and are looking for relief, give me a call. For $80, I will remove all the windows 8 boxes, giving you a great windows 7 style desktop INCLUDING a ‘Start” button!