"Hopefully, PC owners, who are contemplating buying a new computer, have, in most cases, retained their original Windows 7/XP DVDs, so can reinstall, if that it their wish?" Unfortunately most people who are buying a new computer are replacing an old computer they bought, and when was the last time you got a full OS disc with a computer you bought? I got one with 98, how about you? Good thing I build my own. "But, it is obvious that their are two quite opposing groups on this thread. Those who are comfortably using Windows 8, and those who are, even to the smallest degree, unwilling to compromise on their views regarding Windows 8." This sounds like you're saying people who don't like 8 have never tried 8. I've tried it. It's terrible. "I do ponder, however, as what stated earlier, why those with such an extreme attitude register on a forum dedicated to helping users with Windows 8. If they merely wish to be heard, then perhaps their views would be more usefully expressed on one of the Microsoft forums?" This thread wasn't started by anyone asking for help. It was just a news story that 2 people responded to. "Speaking from my own standpoint, when I start to read comments such as "you come off as a condescending d*ckhead, you know that right? ", I drop out of a thread, it is not what help forums are about. Time to close the thread, perhaps?" Go back and read what he wrote and you'll see that he was. The funny thing about any forum though, is that people who have made enough posts to be granted some kind of title, (or in this case an administrator), are the first ones to degrade a topic with snide comments and insults. They're the first ones who say that if they like something then anyone who doesn't is just too stupid to know better, but if someone like me comes along after and says anything about them then I'm the one with the problem.