I know you don't want to hear it, but Windows 8 is total garbage. If you bought a computer with Windows 8 Pro, the good news is you have built-in "downgrade rights" which allow you to downgrade to Windows 7 for free. If you do, you can Google it for the "how-to".
I'm staring at an over 6 year old dinosaur desktop computer. Been planning to ditch it for a while and get a new one. I mostly run with my laptop from work and an iPad. But I want the home PC as a kind of central point in our home network where I can run iTunes, do some video editing, store our thousands of pictures, etc. and have a big, comfortable screen to look at. I'm thinking about going with the new iMac rather than a Windows 8 machine. My take on Win8 is that it does a decent job of being a hybrid between a tablet OS and a desktop/laptop OS...but doesn't excel (no pun intended) at either.
Last edited by jetstream23; 02-21-2013 at 01:04 PM.
You should try to get used to it as most people say it's great once you go through the pain of re-learning windows. If you don't have a touch screen you should get a touch mouse which will add a lot of value with gestures that really speed up certain tasks.
Also, if you just miss the start menu/desktop ease just get one of these.