Update to 8.1 (I think its free) and the windows icon will appear where start used to be. And all you have to do is right click on it to get all the stuff you're used to seeing there (control panel, etc). As far as switching screens, what are you using? A Windows mouse can switch between screens and what not with a simple press of a button on it. I have one, and its pretty cool. Otherise, maybe you're using a hotkey and you don't realize it.