On October 28, 2012, I finally purchased my new laptop. I had been reviewing laptops for some time to find the laptop that meets my needs. I found a few laptops in Best Buy, however, when I went back to buy those laptops they were already removed from the floor. Best Buy was no longer selling those laptops. Newer laptops were coming out with Windows 8. When I finally found a laptop I wanted to buy, the laptop had unfortunately Windows 8 on it. I bought the laptop in hopes to adapt and learn about Windows 8. This is not a touch screen laptop and did not have an option to downgrade or have Windows 7 installed.
After arriving home with the new ASUS laptop, Windows 8 problems started to occur right out of the box of turning the system. Windows 8 new logo shows on the screen and went away. I sat there looking at a blank screen with no hard drive activity. I turned off the laptop and tried again. Then Windows 8 install ran for the first time. During the Windows 8 installation, I found it confusing on whether it was actually running. There was an animated circle of dots that kept showing on the screen with no progress indication of time or progress. I figured with an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a fast 750GB hard drive, this should not take very long. Three hours later (as I had to leave for a while) I found Windows 8 showing the same screen. I restarted Windows 8 to see if the install would complete.
I contacted ASUS Support while the laptop started the installation process again. This time is seems to run and I continued to hold. ASUS Support finally answered the phone and I explained the problem. When Windows 8 installation process had restarted (as it should), I finally had the window showing to create accounts. The ASUS Support rep told me that if I made it that far, it should complete the installation. I got off the phone and continued to complete the Windows 8 setup.
When it prompted me to use either a Microsoft Account or Local Account, I selected Local Account. I read some recent news stories on using a Microsoft Account and the security risk is very high for problems. I created my Local Account and continued with the setup process. When Windows 8 starts to create the Local Account, an error message showing "You must log in to create the account". I found this message puzzling and clicked OK on the message. Since I was creating the very first and initial account, I figured something went wrong in the setup. About several minutes later, my Local Account had been created. I restarted Windows 8 and logged in to the account.
This is when I started to play around with Windows 8 to figure out where Microsoft had changed and hide various tasks and options.