Good luck! I have 8 and hate it. Reading about the fixes of .1 didn't seem like they would make 8 suck any less. But I have it in a cheap laptop that I bought just to make a TV streaming video capable, and I think it works well enough for that. Joe
I was in the 'Big Yellow Tag' store twice at a min. of 2-3 hours, searching thru the laptops. I'm partial to Toshiba, but with an open mind I checked others.
Most of the 'new' models have touch screens, a route that I did not want to go down. All have Win 8; a few had 8.1 installed. A few 'tricks' from one of the 'geeks' have me down a path that I feel I can handle, although it will still be a learning experience.
I thought about switching to Apple, but $$$ and software issues sent me away.
Windows 8 was designed for touch screen, 8.1 was to help people that did not like the touch screen. Be careful as most win 8 machines cannot be rolled back to XP or even 7 due to the Bios installed for 8. Same goes for some 7 machines. If you want a machine you can put other operating systems, best to build it yourself, or by a generic laptop that will work with any operating system.
Not directly... However, after the Third time a Salesperson approached me, stating:
"Are You SURE there is nothing We may assist You with, or help You make a possible Purchase Today???!!!???"
I figured They were getting tired of My presence, along with My default response of: "Just Looking, Thanks!!!"
Besides that, a few Customers started asking Me questions about the Machines & Operating System, of which I responded truthfully... (responses benefited the Customers more than the Sales Department!)
Believe Me, there was no intention to be a nuisance to the Sales Staff; and I think the only reason the Customers Queried Me was They overheard My Wife and I discussing Pros -vs- Cons of various Machines.
Scott " 35 " Thompson Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!