Quote Originally Posted by mikekoz View Post
Quote Originally Posted by badcat View Post
Where MS missed the boat was getting rid of the traditional start menu and making it so difficult to get it back. The fact that a whole class of third-party utility has sprung up (start menu restoration) is proof of two things. First, that it really isn't all that hard to make it re-appear, and two, that a lot of people prefer that on their laptops or desktops. The Metro interface makes absolutely no sense (to me anyway) on a non-touch screen device. I work with a lot of computer literate people (developers) and they all hate Metro. I'm only running Win 8 because I was able to upgrade for $14.99 and because of utilities like Start8. If I had to pay full price and live with Metro, I'd still be using 7, which I think is Microsoft's best OS ever. I should point out that once past the Metro issue, I'm pretty satisfied with Win 8.

I agree that Microsoft missed the boat on this. They should have made a simple change to Windows 8 where people using PC's can adjust it the way they want. Most people at this time are not using touch screen PC's. Tablets, phones, yes, but not PC's. I am using a freeware app that brings the start menu and Desktop back and I have it starting with this when my laptop boots. Other than that, I like Windows 8 and I find it to run faster than 7. I tested it first on a 4 year old laptop and it put new life into it! It is screaming on my new HP Envy I7!
I agree. It runs well on my laptop. And it's been rock solid.