Finding Control Panel the first few times was great.... I found myself praying to Microsoft Bob for guidance
My single favourite thing about W8 is when I figured out that by far the easiest way to get into the control panel is to search for "con", shortly followed by changing the retarded layout back to the classic view where I can find everything (although to be fair I still do that with Vista and W7).
I also prefer the "old fashioned" single column view, but have nothing against the double column view either as they are very similar in reality.
I for one will be looking forward to the next W8 machine that I see so I can install W8.1 for its general changes and bug fixes and then "classic shell" over the top so that the poor user of the machine wont be irritated every time they turn it on (unless they are one of the very few people who actually like W8 (in a non phone/tablet environment).
I was speaking to a co-worker of mine (another computer engineer), he has had the misfortune of getting to fix a W8 all-in-one machine and hated the environment with touch-screen every bit as much as without + the constantly filthy screen that goes with.
As yet I still haven't played with a tablet that has W8 on it, which is a shame as tablets and phones are what the entire GUI was designed for, although I personally wont be parting with any of my own cash on any tablet no matter how good AND cheap it is if it has a screen that's so reflective I might as well be looking in a mirror. If there is one thing I dislike more than the W8 GUI, itts a reflective screen, although a reflective screen covered in greasy fingermarks and peoples lunch trumps everything.