Understand your frustration.

Have tried to assist more than one friend with Win 8.
Brand new HP laptop and HP would not support the
change back to Win 7. One friend even kept notes on
how to move the mouse and touch screen gestures
to use his laptop. It's more work than it's worth!

Been through many changes with MS over 25 years.
Even used Win 8 during trial period last year. The new
touch-screen interface is lost on me. Just keep cleaning
the screen of all the finger prints! Can't wait for the new
iris-interface to hit the market. Just kidding.

I really like any of the Linux distros after all of this!
And to think someone maybe stuck using Win 8 for work???

I don't recommend Win 8 to friends.