@Inet32 You can still do all of that
It is quite a common misconception that you are stuck with the Metro ( ahem... Modern ) desktop. It is simply untrue. The old style desktop screen is still there. You can put all of your shortcuts there just as you do in Windows 7. What is missing is the Start button and the Start > Program Files list but you can recreate them if you want to. There is plenty of information available on how to do this.
Posted by JJFitz