I first found out at the beginning of last year that there was going to be a Windows 8,and that Microsoft had finished making Windows 8.And I read about and saw a preview of what Windows 8 was going to be like,and I knew right away that I did not like it. To tell you the truth, when I first saw the preview of what Windows 8 looked like and what it was going to be,I had the shock of my life. Windows 8 has NO START MENU,oh my God. And instead of the normal Windows Desktop that is in all the other versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 7,that has been replaced by tiles known as the Metro theme. And as a result from what I read on the web and saw in other videos,most people,even computer geeks are finding it almost impossible to use. And Microsoft has no plans to make Windows 8 with a normal desktop and start menu,like Windows 7 has. In England you can no longer buy Windows XP and Windows Vista computers and laptops,because they have stopped making and selling them. You can now only buy Windows 7. And it is often the case that when Microsoft brings out a new version of Windows that computer makers and shops stop selling the old version. And I don't know what I will do if they stop selling Windows 7, and then if my computer wears out I will be forced to buy Windows 8. As I have limited experience with computers. I stopped using Linux a year ago because I don't know how to use it. And I found Linux hard and difficult to use and I could not use it, that is why I stay with Windows. Also many brands of Linux do not have a start menu or desktop,Ubuntu for example does not. And so I could not even find the settings on most brands of Linux. Another reason why I could not use Linux, as well as many other problems with Linux. Now they have made this Windows 8, that does not look like Windows at all, and looks like Mac or Linux. And it is as ugly as hell,the Metro theme is. I have never installed Windows 8, even though there is now the developers preview that you can install. But I have read and seen videos on the web of other people who have installed Windows 8.And each person who has tried it has found Windows 8 almost impossible or impossible to use.So if the most experienced computer geeks cannot use Windows 8.Then I know for sure that I won't be able to use it, and other ordinary computer users won't be able use it either. The biggest problem with Windows 8 is the Metro theme and other things,the fact that it is based on an I Pad.And I don't even know what an I pad is,let alone how to use one. I got my first home computer,a Windows 7 netbook in April 2010. Before that I was using Internet cafes.Where I learned how to use a computer from the person sitting next to me,who showed me how to use a computer.Before that I did not even know how to use a mouse, but thanks to this person,I learned how to use a computer. Although my typing is not good,I type with two fingers,that is two finger typing, and looking at the keyboard.So it would not pass an office. And of course in the Internet cafes they have Windows XP,but when I got my first laptop it had Windows 7.But because Windows 7 has a start menu,taskbar and normal Windows desktop. Just like Windows XP and Windows 2000 does,except that Windows 7 has the transparent Aero theme,I am able to use Windows 7 just like I use Windows XP.And I was able to use Windows 7 without any problems. And any Windows XP user who has upgraded to Windows 7 can use Windows 7,because it has a start menu and normal Windows desktop. And if you don't like the Aero theme which is only the look,you can set your theme to Windows Classic. Windows Classic theme setting makes it looks like Windows 2000,but from here you can change the start menu,taskbar and desktop color to any color you choose using the color picker. And Windows Classic theme setting also turns off the Aero theme. The Aero theme is the transparent theme or transparency you get if you set Windows 7 to Aero or Windows 7 Basic theme setting. Windows Vista also has the Aero theme and Windows Classic Theme like Windows 7 does. Some people find Windows Vista slower than Windows 7 but at least with Windows Vista,you have got a start menu,taskbar and normal desktop. And you have also got a start menu,taskbar and normal desktop with Windows XP,Windows 7 and all other versions of Windows,Windows 2000,Windows 98 and 95. But you DON'T have a start menu or normal Windows desktop on Windows 8,that's the problem. And it is a big problem for other Windows users and Windows users like me who have limited experience with computers. And the start menu,taskbar and Windows desktop is whole thing and the only thing Windows users know and understand. Not this horrible ugly Metro theme that is Windows 8, and is impossible to figure out how to use. On the appearance side Windows 8 is the most horrible thing I have ever seen. And the whole operating system with the Metro theme is impossible to use. And I don't think I could figure out how to use it. Now I have 4 Windows 7 netbooks,each with different versions of Windows 7, and 2 Windows XP netbooks. I bought my Windows XP netbooks last year and I enjoy using both Windows 7 and Windows XP.They are both perfect in every way. Windows Vista I am not sure about,there is a question mark over that. As I had a second hand Windows Vista laptop that did not work properly and the laptop broke.But you cannot judge Windows Vista based on one bad experience with a faulty laptop. And Windows Vista may be faster on a newer and more modern laptop. But at least Windows Vista has a normal Windows start menu,and desktop.Windows 8 does not. And any Windows XP user who has upgraded to Windows 7 will feel right at home. Windows 7 will run most Windows XP software,Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP,Web browsers and media players for Windows XP. And not only that, it will also run all of the Windows Vista software as well.As well as web browsers and software made for Windows 2000 and earlier versions of Windows.as well as all of the latest software of course. I don't think that you could run all of your Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista or even your Windows 7 software on Windows 8. In fact you probably cannot run Windows 8 at all the way that it is.The system they have with the Metro theme. And also most people have spent money on new Windows 7 computer or laptops and have only just upgraded to Windows 7 and gotten used to it. They don't want to go on another operating system that is not even like Windows and that they cannot figure out how to use. I think it is disgusting that Microsoft have created this Windows 8 and made it like Mac or Linux.And removed all of the Windows features and replaced it with this Metro theme and as a result created an operating system that most people including myself cannot figure out how to use. And from what i have seen on the videos does not work anyway. And as you know when they make a new version of Windows they stop selling the old version. If they start selling Windows 8 and making and selling Windows 8 computers and laptops.And they stop selling Windows 7 and we are forced to buy Windows 8 all Windows users including me are going to be in trouble,big trouble. Because I and most people don't know how to install operating systems. And from what I hear anyway Windows 8 may have a secure boot system that blocks the installation of other operating systems,like Linux and maybe other versions of Windows. So we won't even be able to install Windows 7 or Windows XP over Windows 8 on a Windows 8 computer. So if Windows 8 does go out and so when our laptops wear out we are forced to buy Windows 8.We all will be stuck with it and the shop keepers are not going to care if you go home with a laptop with an operating system that you cannot figure out how to use.They just want to sell you something.It won't be the shop keepers that have to live with Windows 8, we will. But of course we cannot because of the way it is. I have never installed Windows 8.If I did I would probably wreck my computer. People should get together and have street marches and street protests against Windows 8 and protest to keep Windows 7 alive forever. And bring back all of the other versions of Windows,Windows XP,Windows 2000,while they are at it. I think we should write to our President or Prime Minister so that governments can ban Windows 8. As if they get rid of Windows 7 and replace it with this Windows 8.Most people including me,will have to give up using a computer. And why would you want to give up Windows 7 for Windows 8 anyway? Windows 7 has everything we want. Some people have suggested that if they must make a Windows 8 they should make one with a normal Windows 7 start menu and desktop and NO Metro theme. But it seems that Microsoft are not going to do that. So here is how to avoid being stuck with the dreaded Windows 8. Now,stock up on Windows 7 laptops. Now buy as many Windows 7 and Windows XP laptops as you can while you can still buy them. Buy 10 or 20 Windows 7 or Windows XP laptops and put them away somewhere safe in a cupboard.Then when your computers you are using now wear out. You will have enough Windows 7 laptops to stay on Windows 7 for the next 10 or 20 years or longer. Then you will never be in a situation where you are forced to buy Windows 8 or get stuck with Windows 8 in the future. Andrea Borman.