, Dr Herbie wrote

Will try it out as a short-term workaround ...

 

I'm using Start8, it has an option to boot to the desktop with only 1 explorer running (I believe Classic Shell will do the same thing).  Of course, this puts a start menu back whereas you may not want that portion.

, BitFlipper wrote

For some reason I don't want to get involved in hacks to make Windows work the way I want to.

I used to be like that, but after using Windows 8 I thought, why shouldn't I be able to get Windows to run exactly like I want it to?  Why shouldn't my computing experience be customizable to my preferences (and to each their own)?  The direction of companies disallowing you to do anything with the OS is a bad direction IMO (tablets are soooo locked down in what your allowed or not allowed to do).