Computer Type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavillion 15-n090sa OS Windows 8 (Will go to 10) CPU AMD A8-4555M APU Motherboard Hewlett Packard 216B Memory 8Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3 @ 1366Mhz Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7600G 768Mb @ 668Mhz Sound Card Realtek High Definition Audio Monitor(s) Displays 15" Smart Touch Display Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels
Keyboard GB Keyboard Mouse Dual Button Mouse PSU HP Battery.. Case HP Pavilion 15, 15" Silver Shell Cooling 2 Noisy Fans Hard Drives 1TB 2.5" HDD Internet Speed 1Mbps Down 100Kbps Up Browser Google Chrome Antivirus Windows FireWall
Computer Type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavilion 15 OS Win 8.1 Update x64 CPU Haswell Core i5 4200U Memory 8GB Dual-Channel DDR3L @1600 Graphics Card Intel HD 4400 Integrated; 2GB Dedicated NVIDIA GT 740M
Mouse Logitech B175 Wireless Mouse Cooling Deepcool X6 Hard Drives 500GB Samsung 840 EVO Internal SSD ;
2TB WD MyPassport Ultra EHDD ;
1TB TOSHIBA HDD Internet Speed 10 Mbps Browser Opera v25.0 Antivirus KIS 2014 Other Info Microsoft Wired Xbox 360 Controller
I don't like the plain, so called "modern" theme as I feel it is just a dummied-down theme (requiring less bandwidth) used as a universal theme by Microsoft marketers trying to placate and entice PC users into buying a Windows phone or some other Microsoft small-screen hand-held device.
I have two very nice, high-resolution monitors on my PC, fully capable of displaying no less than 16.8 million colors. So why use a boring black and white picture of a window pain - err, pane?
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Acer T690 OS 8.1 Pro X64 CPU Intel Pentium D Dual Core Motherboard Acer/Intel E946GZ Memory 2GB (max upgrade) Graphics Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16 Sound Card Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support Monitor(s) Displays Acer AL1917W A LCD Screen Resolution 1440 X 900
Keyboard Acer Windows PS/2 Mouse Wireless Microsoft Arc PSU Standard 250 watt Case Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5" Cooling Dual case fans + CPU fan Hard Drives 350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
Thumb drives Internet Speed 54mbp/s Browser IE11 Antivirus Defender Other Info Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1
I'm with Brink too. Windows 8 with the touch interface is actually easy to use if you give it a chance. Even with a mouse, I can navigate, split screens, switch to other programs so quickly. I missed the Start Menu at first, but now I don't give it much thought.
Of course, there is a time to use the Desktop, especially in programs not written for touch. But that's the beauty. You CAN have both.
If you don't have a touch screen, then you'll probably stick with the Desktop for the most part. Even though I don't use them, install a Start Menu emulator.
But be ready for Windows 10. The new menu is great, even in the first release.
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Self Built OS Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center CPU Intel I-7 860 Motherboard Asus P7B Memory 8GB Graphics Card Nvidia 580 Monitor(s) Displays Acer (Primary), Asus (secondary), Sony TV (third) Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Keyboard MS 1000 Mouse MS Flip Hard Drives Kingston 128GB SSD Windows 8 Boot Drive
WD Black 1 TB (2 ea)
WD Red 3 TB
WD Black 500GB Internet Speed Verizon FIOS 35/35 Browser IE 11, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari Antivirus Windows 8 Defender (MS Security Essentials)