I just bought a barebones computer kit that I have assembled and have installed Windows 8 on it. Compared to what we're used to, I have to say that I don't know what Microsoft was thinking when they "forced" this change on the desktop user, who prefer to use a keyboard and mouse. I had to keep running to my Win 7 computer to inquire as how to locate things. Not convenient at all. Most thing require me locating a box to type my request in to find a particular file/location/etc, on this Win 8 computer. Very little point and click.
However, there are a couple of applications to try which will make Windows 8 act much more like what you're used to. I'm personally experimenting with Start8 which has a 30 day free trial, $4.95 to buy. There is also the free
Classic Shell. I will likely test this one, too. Why spend even $4.95 if you don't appreciate the difference? With both of these 3rd party apps you can boot straight to the "normal" desktop, find your old apps, etc, and switch back & forth to the tiled "Metro" screen. Very easy to set up, at least it was for me, and both apps are customizable.http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/