Also didn't like the missing start menu. Installed a 3rd party app, which I paid roughtly NZD$10 for, for lifetime updates, which I installed on each Windows 8 Pro PC. All computers now act and look like Windows 7, except being Windows 8.
Plus, having to purchase additional software that only works on Windows 8 Pro to play DVD's/blu rays is ridiculous. Despite there being freeware products out there on the web that one can utilise.