Right now the most interesting feature of Windows 8 ( asides from all the crap) is to have a portable Windows Installation as I use Puppy Linux on an 8 gig flash drives are my Computer store on all the repair workstations . The Windows 8 TO GO version needs a massive 32 gig flash drive so since we plug in an our all the time to boot into customers systems, how on earth could I run my store on 32 gig flash drives LOL .We have a standard 200 meg ISO image that we load unto the 8 gig flash drives we use. Copying Windows 8 To GO would be a pain in the ass as we go through about 20 flash drives a month dead LOL since we have a lot of computers coming in from charity groups as well, and we use on older systems just a Cdrom Image of Puppy Linux or even older systems Damn Small Linux on Cdrom
So these portable Linux installs make our life much easier for computer repairs, as we just boot from usb or cdrom . Before this was a pain in the ass ( years ago) When knopix linux came out I jumped right in and started using it.
as of Right now we rely exclusively on Puppy Linux ( Slacko Puppy)
The biggest problem when repairing a PC is hooking up a drive to the same os you are trying to fix to back up as you are doomed to any crap in that os such as the infamous and virtually impossible to remove Brontok as soon as you hook up a flash drive, an sd card , removable usb drive brontok will auto copy itself to the new drives.
We have become experts at brontok at my store. We added some custom batch commands ran in the Puppy liinux terminal and boot into the system with the flash drive and run our tools. Since Brontok infects running critical processes ( Fail on Microsoft!!) We always boot the machine with puppy linux flash drives to look for Brontok as that thng is a pain in the ass to remove.
I have no idea how microsoft allows any modifications to running critical processes like CSRSS.exe by Brontok as even the local ADMIN does not have access to it!! FAIL MICROSOFT JUST PURE FAIL!!!
Back to the point no tool out there commercial or free can fully remove brontok.
What I recomend to less experienced users is I install Mallwarebytes or Spybot.
The problem with Brontok is it’s spreads over any removable drives so SD cards from cameras get infected easily and on an on!!
I hate brontok!! However with my tools and Puppy Linux we can get rid of it by asking the customers to bring in any removable drives or sd cards so we clean them too. We kept getting the same people back with the same problem until we forced the customer to bring in all removable media.
Windows 8 Go TO is a major ass FAIL! TO BIG
Don’t even get me started on the NX bit that you need to have to install Windows 8 BIG ASS FAIL!!!