Transiting from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Tablet

I am mostly a PC user with keyboard. I like the start menu of Windows 7. Now I got a Windows 8.1 Tablet but I found that it was very difficult to use without a keyboard. Does anyone has a simple guide or advice for transiting from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Tablet ?
Claws HoEngineerAsked:
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Different philosophy Tablet to Desktop...Tablet is to serve you when you are on the move...don't expect to work as you used to do with your desktop...
If the lack of keyboard is holding you back then probably you should try to buy a cover with a keyboard...
Also for the start menu there several start menu replacements for Win 8.1...but probably move to windows 10 which already ship with start menu
Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
I think my most needed function is to be able to turn from Metro interface into normal interface . Do you have any idea how to do this best ? Thank you!
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
If you mean to change from Metro to the normal desktop then its easy..
GO to Right-click the taskbar-> Properties-> Navigation  and check whatever you like on the "Start Screen" section
Also to get start menu "back"
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
I mean with touch screen......

I agree with you comment that a keyboard cover could solve the problem. But I dislike bringing so many discrete parts outside office. It complicates life ... the keyboard needs to charge.... the need to link up bluetooth connection....... blah blah blah.......

I just want to get into the normal interface from metro with a touch ( or minimal number of touches ).
Thank you!
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
maybe there is a cover where the keyboard connects via Usb like some Android no need for need for connection....
Upgrade to windows 10. It lets you choose when you are in tablet mode and when you are in desktop mode.
Also I find it easier to type when I use the split keyboard layout.  When the virtual keyboard is up click the keyboard icon an select the keyboard style that suits your typing style.
I'd also suggest upgrading to Windows 10, provided your current OS isn't Windows RT, but rather the real Windows 8.x. If it is RT you can't upgrade to 10.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
I have used the ones above and they were ok.  I recently found StartIsBack and love it.

Best $5 you can spend IMHO.

It truly makes Windows 8.1 look and feel like Widows 7.  So much so, my IT manager couldn't tell the difference.
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you all. I have upgraded to Windows 10..... ^_^
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