Prefer win 7 Start menu to win 10 tile menu?
The win7 Start menu has perhaps become ingrained in many of our computer psyches over the years, and the familiar is always most comfortable to us. For those of us who would like to keep using the Win 7 Start menu ... You can get it
You can replace the Win 10 Start menu by installing Classic Shell
If Cortana is not your thing or of any use to yourself, then you can remove this also by right clicking the search box and select 'Cortana Hidden'
Another way of doing this is by going to Start, Settings and search for Cortana, then
Open 'Cortana & search settings' and drag the slider to off.