To Noah S., I was doing some research on the Acer Aspire Laptop I'm considering purchasing the device when I came across your comment or should I say complaint regarding Windows 8, if you go to: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/
or you can write to:
ATTN: Complaint Dept.
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA
The people at Microsoft are willing and ready to assist you with any issues you may have. But with your 40 years experience I'm sure you knew that.