Use Windows 7 and get rid of the bloat you don't need. Windows 8 continues Microsoft's philosophy of "if it ain't broke, break it, and make something awesome with the broken pieces." continues. 8 isn't bad, I used it for two months but I found it to be frustrating even after using it open-minded. If you ever think it's not user-friendly though, I'd invite you to try GNOME 3.