Two clean machines loaded up, one an older ASROCK AMD motherboard and one a new ASUS. The installation of the OS went fine, but none of the problems that Win8 presents to my daily uses are solved.
The File Manager still likes to dawdle and expand-unexpand-re-expand Ballmer's choice for Home Folder (those synthetic Libraries as defined by Steve Ballmer, not MY choice of Home Folder, which would be C: Drive, root - that's why I'm using File Manager after all, not opening some Desktop Owner Folder).
There's still Zero Customization for Screen Objects, if you don't like a Theme's memory use and choices, learn to love eye-strain headaches.
File-Names for Fonts are still hidden away, so that has to be turned on, over, and over, and over, and over for those dozens of Ballmer Font Choices. But the OWNERSHIP Batch File works once all those 100+ file-names are entered three times.
I'm not worried about 8.1's refusal to do allow File-Restore from WinXP-Vista-7 Windows Backups as that's an update that will "likely be installed for Final 8.1 release" I'm told. Or shortly thereafter. I still can't understand why a History or Backup concept is EVER used if the RESTORE process isn't included immediately. Why bother with the delusion that Backup accomplishes the Next Step?
Installing some printer drivers still screws up the File Manager. I haven't tried every video-driver because those screw-ups can be unfixable without a clean re-install since SAFE MODE's access limits remain somewhere between Icarian blue-sky limits and black-magic.
We haven't loaded Desktop Programs yet beyond FireFox 21.0, Chrome (58 or 99 or 6,425 - whatever version they've released in the last 90 seconds - I think they do it in Thirty-Second Increments, yes?), DVD FAB DECRYPTER 9-whatever, DVD SHRINK and NERO BURN ESSENTIALS 10, but haven't tested any of those except see that DVD FAB D9 scan and read a DVD properly, and DVD SHRINK did a FILE OPEN and RE-AUTHOR.
So, User Customization remains almost nil.
User Obstructions & Slowdowns remains at Highest Maximum Setting.
Drivers are still an adventure in the Uninstall Abilities. I'll do Video Driver Updates next week for these tests. I probably need a Screw-Up in those to test fix-abilities after a screw-up. Fortunately, I've got an AMD card installed so...