I get a real kick out of those whining about Windows 8. The whines take two forms:
(1) Loss of the Start button and menus -- easily overcome with StarDock's Start8 or a dozen other free or low-cost utilities that restore the Start button and menus to the desktop and easily enable you to boot directly into the desktop. I've been using Windows 8 Pro since early November along with Start8 and I pretty much ignore the Modern UI. Same for the five or six follk for whom I've built a Windows 8 computer.
(2) Steep learning curve and missing features. Well, if you use Start8, there is virtually no learning curve because Windows 8 works like Windows 7, but on steroids with much faster boots and shutdowns, greater stability, more security, and a much more forgiving behavior. As for those missing features like a scheduler some object to -- pure fiction. They're still there in Windows 8. They may have a different name, but they still exist. Unfortunately articles like this one tend to use too much short hand. I imagine that "Multiple Storage Devices" refers to the ability of Windows 8 to configure several hard drives, for example, as a single drive -- so you could have two or three hard drives appear as a single drive to Windows.
All in all, I've found Windows 8 to be a significant step up from Windows 7 and well worth the $40 to $70 it cost until Feb 1. Is it worth $199 to upgrade now? That's for each person to evaluate on their own.
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