So about a week after Windows 8 came out, I purchased it. I bought the Pro edition and used the upgrade tool from Microsoft (yes I know.. ewh auto upgraders aren't as good as clean installs). I used Windows 8 for about three months as my daily laptop (I use my laptop all day, every day like many do). I liked it for about three days mainly because of the "new feel". Then the Metro Start Menu started to bug me, so I bought a start menu program from Stardock. This resolved my complaints for about the next two months. I never really used the "app store, (which has a crappy selection for desktops/laptops), but I did install a few music and news apps. The transition from desktop to metro just didn't seem to work to well. I found it a pain to get to the metro apps that were running in the background but not shown in the taskbar like they normally would be. I still decided to give Windows 8 a chance though, but then Windows 8 started becoming slower for me. Like on Windows 7 I never shut down or rebooted my laptop, so I did the same with Windows 8, but I eventually had to reboot to make it fast again with 8. I also had a friend who bought a laptop that had shipped with Windows 8 who was having the same issue. Well, we had discussed our annoyances with its increased slowness on a Friday. On that following Monday I saw him again and told him I had fixed the issue by installing Windows 7. He was less than thrilled since his laptop did not have drivers available since it was a Windows 8 made device, but I am quite happy. I am so glad that I switched back to Windows 7. Now I did like a few new features, like the advanced details on file transfers, the square windows around programs I kinda liked, and the lock screen looked nice. However, in day to day operations I find Windows 7 much easier and quicker to use. I do think that 8 is easier for the average consumer to use and especially with all the new touch screen laptops, but I personally don't like touching my laptop screen, that;s what a tablet is for. Oh well, everybody has their preferences.