You can get used to Win8 fairly quickly I imagine, but I installed a freeware program called "classic shell" which makes it behave very much like XP/Vista/7. I'm an old dog, I don't want to learn new tricks.
my wife got the surface pro and honestly she loves it. It's a niche item but for people that want to use the thing to work instead of play games its much better than a laptop for her. Only issue is getting that extended battery on it.
Got it today. The Windows button on the keyboard is my new best friend. W8 is Real Fast. POP3 email is not supported, so, Goodbye Verizon, Hello Thunderbird, although I have to research the email thing further.
Media Player is here and activated.
My thoughts on Windows 8 so far:
1. It's a schizophremic system set up for two different types of operation. It opens with the Start page which operates like your smart phone and is optimized for apps not PC programs. It's also optimized to try to get you to give more of your money to MS by buying stuff at XBox and the MS Store and God knows what else. I need to explore this more as time goes on, but at this time I greatly prefer.......
2. The classic Desktop. Familiar operation with much faster results. I feel a much better sense of control and ease using the Desktop than the Start page.
I'd look into getting the classic shell freeware now but my wife has already gotten used to Win8 over the time.
I am also using the PC tower (with XP) that is over 7 years old and have had just one major breakdown over the years. knock on wood. anyway, once it conks out I ain't going to try to resuscitate it. instead I'll get the laptop with Win7.