No internet connection sounds like a driver problem with your NIC. Takes time to figure things out. Not everything just works. You have to do the work to get it to work. The stuff you are talking about, "start menu" is not Linux. Unlike Windows or Mac OS, there is a choice what Desktop Environment you can use. KDE, Gnome, XFCE. It all depends on what you choose, to how it looks. Ill get around to reading your post on Linux after work today. I just happen to wake up and want a smoke. It's not just England, every where is moving away from XP. It is 10 years old now, I like XP but there is a time to move on and get a new OS. 8 is going to be new and unusual for a lot of reasons. Although like all things in computing it is a matter of how much time and effort you put into learning it. I know IT techs that have to learn stuff, and they have been ITs for over 15 years. Every one goes through that. You have to put time and effort into it. Not all software works on newer OSes. One of the first things you got to learn, is the difference in newer versions and clones. Movie Maker 2.6 is not a clone of 2.1. That would be a newer version. A clone is a piece of software that has a different name, but is pretty much the same software. Who cares if free software works on a newer version of an OS. Get the newer version of the software, its FREE. I don't care if Firefox 3.0 works on 8 or not. As long as there is one that works on 8 then, that's all that matters. Now if it is a pay for software, like Abobe, then you would have a solid case.