Re: the Start Button. I use this: www.windows8startbutton.com It gives me the classic Windows 7 start screen with all its goodies and shut down. I still have the capability to revert to the Windows 8 interface if I so desire. So far, I've found Windows 8 to be stable. I've also discovered at least one program that works with Windows 8 that did not work with Windows 7 -- Nikon's Picture Project photo editing software. I have one hardware related problem: my Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus drive fails to be recognized more often than not - the drive apparently tries to initialize before my WD USB3 adapter has been started. This is a common problem with Backup Plus drives (regardless of OS) that Seagate fails to acknowledge (just check their forums). They have yet to release a USB3 adapter for the drives. One other quirk: upon startup, I get a good connection with my Netgear dual band wireless network adapter, but it quickly goes away and the system then goes through the process of hunting for a connection again and establishes it. This is on the 5 GHz radio -- I haven't tried on 2 GHz.