I agree the start menu is cumbersome. Most non techy people don't know commands such as 'shutdown' or CMD window stuff.
It's been a year so I can't remember how I shut down, but it's possible it's that convoluted. Behind the start screen with the tiles, I do like the enhanced look of file explorer, as it looks more like a browser now, and the file tagging functions are improved.
Overall it looks more like an overhaul or facelift of Win7 vs. the vast difference between Vista and Win7 several years ago.
But hey, you don't have to switch to Mac. You can just keep Win7