This summer I took a train trip up north. While I was gone, my friend Clark needed to borrow my laptop for a Fantasy Football Draft. I had it with me, but my Asus Tablet with an external Keyboard and Mouse were at my home. Before I left for my trip I decided to download the latest version of Windows 8, but had not had a chance to use it. Clark needed to connect a Flash drive to the tablet and open up an excel file, pretty simple tasks. After an extremely frustrating hour, we could not do it. We could not figure out how to open a file in Excel! That should have been my first clue that Windows 8 was flawed but I held off judgment for the past 5 months.
Imagine for moment that you are back in high school. Spanish is a very popular language so the next year, the principal decides that all classes are going to be taught in Spanish. That is what Microsoft did with Windows 8. They saw that Tablets are popular, so they decided to make every computer like a tablet. They butchered their operating system by removing the Start Menu and forcing everyone, regardless if they were on a Desktop or Tablet to swipe to get where they wanted to go. That is a really bad idea, especially because Windows 8 sucks on a Tablet. Its even worse on a desktop.
The other big problem with Windows 8 is that in a lot of instances, you are forced to buy it, especially if you are getting a new computer. I ended up with 3 copies, a Tablet, a MacBook via Parrells, and a brand new Dell Laptop. Instead of forking over some serious $ to downgrade to Windows 7, I found a utility called Start 8 by StarDock.
For $4.99, you get the Start Menu back, which all practical purposed makes your computer like Windows 7. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and it has been flawless.
So if you have a Windows Computer DO NOT upgrade to Windows 8. If you are buying a new machine, try to get Windows 7, but if that is not an option, download Start 8.