I first acquired Windows 8 with a new HP All in One desk top back in November 2012. Then I had another computer crash it's hard drove and installed a new one along with Windows 8 Pro. I also set up a local network, of 3 computers, and spent a good deal of time with all versions of Win 8 coupled with lots and lots of glitches and problems. Over the next 2-3 months I discovered 9 defects myself and about 50 that were to be "fixed by Microsoft". As it turned out there was no fix for several. But individuals figured out "work around's" sometimes. I keep a professional Guru on annual contract and usually go to them a couple of times each year. As my problems mounted, I lost some apps; store, weather, maps. They just went dead. Visible but inactive. The Gurus worked for 3 days and couldn't get the apps back. Finally they wanted to wipe the drive and reinstall. I said NO - no way. Those apps are essentially superfluous and duplicates. I simply pinned the Weather Channel to my start menu; installed Microsoft Streets and Trips and forgot about the store apps. All was just fine. Yesterday, for no compelling reason, I opened the Win 8 weather app and it was back active again. I tried the store app and it too is back and active. The maps app seems to have disappeared. In any event it was pretty cheesy and lacking. I too have Google Earth so the maps app is essentially worthless baggage to me. I had heard about a big fix coming and many months have passed. Does anyone know if the big fix, or any or all fixes, have now been made ? I haven't gone back to remedy those peaky defects *( If they are still there ) as they are non-essential and do not interfering thus not worth messing with. There seems to be quite an improvement in the Win 8 reliability and a notable absence of problems including hackers, Trojans, worms et,al....l... I'm navigating around flawlessly now, after getting through my learning curve and find Win 8 just fine. I suppose the novelty wore off and now settled into a routine.