I think after about 6 months of daily use, I finally fully appreciated Windows 8(.1 in my case), and I believe it is perfect for a touchscreen convertible laptop like mine. It probably took me a week to get used to it.
I download something called Classic Shell on every windows 8/8.1 I install. It gives you a true start button but also gives you the option to use metro. It also puts the windows 7 UI features into 8/8.1 to make it a more complete package.
Im not marketing here I love using windows 8.1 now and thats just my experience.
I also have 11 years of IT so I know a good OS when I see one.
I don't know the exact amount of time, probably about a week. I was quite impressed about the new Windows 8.1 . Apart from the gadgets, startmenu and icons I think performance is pretty fast compared to Win7.
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