Regarding your post#1, drozman :
Windows 8 and 8.1 are operating systems with two parts, the proper desktop part and the apps part. The apps run in an annoying and confusing metro interface, the desktop is a little trickier to use than windows xp or 7 but can be made work in a fairly similar way. The lack of a start button* can be dealt with by pinning the programs you regularly use onto the taskbar at the bottom or by learning to use the "windows key"+"r" run command. Once I set them up to my liking I find I am able to use both my windows 8 ad windows 8.1 system without EVER going into the metro interface except when I log on and have to click one button to get to desktop(windows 8 only) and when I log off and have to do so from a menu in the metro interface(both operating systems). It is not too difficult to use windows 8 or 8.1 in a way that avoids the metro menu entirely, but setting them up to be so is a bit bothersome. On windows 8 especially you must change the default pdf reader and image viewer (and other things) to be proper programs rather than apps. A few things regarding some settings (mainly visual personalistion ones) have to be handled through the metro menu on windows 8 and 8.1, but these only need doing once when the machine is new and after that the usual control panel is used.
Window 10 sort of blends them, it is from what I hear a desktop but with some aspects based on the metro interface rather than the desktop one. It is mainly a desktop, with some app stuff mixed in. You can see that from the screen shots of it's "start menu", that is a bit like the metro interface but the operatng system also has normal desktop features in the desktop.
*windows 8 has no start button at all, windows 8.1 has one but it opens a sort of full-screen semi-transparent metro menu rather than a clasic start menu (as you had on windows xp or 7).
Edited by rp88, 31 May 2015 - 03:40 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB