Windows 8 is pretty good performance-wise, arguably faster than Windows 7. The massive problem is that its introduction has made everything else slow. Windows 8 Ignoring shortcut keys/commands, to shutdown your PC you have to go to the right overlay, settings, shut down. This is instead of Start > Shutdown. To change the UAC in Windows 7, open the start menu, type UAC and it'll be there for you to open. In Windows 8... yeah. The worst culprit for this is when you want to find a printer and you haven't replaced the Start menu. If you're instructing someone that doesn't know about how to add a printer in Windows 7, you tell them to pop open the Start menu, type printers and it'll pop up in the results. With Windows 8's Metro you can't search for printers, but you can search for the control panel. When you want to know the resolution of a picture in Windows 7, click on it (as long as you don't have the slideshow view). You'll even get a little thumbnail at the bottom (handy in icon view). In Windows 8 you either wait for the mouseover to appear or right-click > Properties > Details. Sure, you can turn it on but wouldn't it be better as an option to turn off? "I've forgotten my password" "Do you sign in with your Microsoft account?" "Yes" "Talk to that guy over there, he has more free time". Photobucket With the old version, to resize a picture I just had to mouseover and in a couple of clicks I could resize to 800x600 (or a variety of other common res). It kept proportions automatically. Now, I have to click edit, wait for the editor to show up, click resize, type the res that I want (proportions kept by default), click "overwrite original" then click save. With the old version, to get the link to a photo, mouseover then click on the format that you want. It's copied to clipboard. For the new version, it's the same principal but you have to go in to the picture first. Microsoft.com Spoiler Website recently updated for Windows 8 Yep, they're more scroll, scroll, scroll friendly for scroll, scroll, scroll touch-screens.