Any Windows users who have used it with Start8 or Classic Start can attest that it's faster, more stable and overall better than Windows 7.
WTF? Are you some sort of Windows apologist or something? Windows 8 is demonstrably worse than Windows 7. Windows 8 uses up far more resources - disk space - cpu time slices - RAM, etc. Furthermore, it is far more complex which creates a MUCH larger attack surface. There are twice as many services and programs running on an idle system from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Seriously, WTF is up with that?
And then there is the GUI. When I have numerous overlapping windows open, I can not find the controls to minimize a particular window. It is all flat and the color is the same. It looks like an explosion in an origami factory without shadows to determine which piece of paper is on top of which piece of paper. I have closed the wrong window NUMEROUS times because I can not tell which windows controls I am clicking on.
No, Windows 8 is pure garbage with absolutely no redeeming qualities other than being more stable than Windows 95/98. Even then, it is less usable than 95/98.
And yeah, Windows 10 does NOT improve on the GUI other than to limit Metro (or whatever its name is now) to the start menu. Flat paper cutouts are garbage and I will not be using it.