I assume Classic Shell just didn't tame it enough?
I was sorta happy with Classic Shell in 8. But when I installed 8.1 things went down hill.
I use Fences to segregate my programs. With 8.1 I can't move the icons after an installation. They are on the desktop but you can't drag them anywhere.
You can move them around in Metro but not in Classic Shell under 8.1. Even the ones I already have in a Fence can't be moved around.
Along with all the other 'little niggling things', that was the last straw for me. I'll put up with the hassle of moving back to 7 and hope for a better experience in Win9. But if M$ tries to continue down this same road I may have to bail to Linux.
Windows has been a fun ride all the way from Windows 1 to now. A few hiccups along the way, but still fun. Till now.