I was really expecting to like it. I had positive expectancy going in. I don't care about a start menu and my issue with it is not the metro interface. You can just choose not to use metro. Simple. It's just a combination of little annoyances that add up it an intolerable 'user experience.' That is to say, that I use my computer to accomplish certain tasks and these things get in the way of doing them.
Like, the fact you can't create shortcuts where ever you want them to be. MS might contend that the software is their property, but the magnetic media which it is stored on is still my property and I can put whatever I want on it where ever I want it to be. But MS thinks otherwise.
No, crappy Win95esque themes. I hate the stupid cartoony XP/7/8 themes. The high contrast theme is almost tolerable, but then it forks your browsers ability to render webpages. This is practically a deal killer to me. I know it's just aesthetics, but I just want a simple theme that isn't loud. Both the default theme and the high contrast themes are like something out of a bad 1970s Hanna Barbara cartoon.
Then there's the fact it has to constantly remind you where start menu is, as if you're some mind numbing cretin incapable of remembering where your fingers are.
The new hotmail/user account hybrids would be ok, if they didn't nerf your username. I need a specific username to access shares on my linux server. This is not possible with my live account. I can forsee a day where MS removes legacy user account support altogether.
I have more issues than this, I just have to go to work now. I'm sure there will be a few knee jerk reaction Win8 defenders. I really wanted to be a Win8 defender and I was really willing to give it a chance. I had a positive impression of it when I tried it out in a virtual machine, but now that I've installed it I'm considering going back to 7 or hoping SteamOS is a viable alternative if Win9 is just as horrible.