Since everything was headed the Win8 way, I did the $15 upgrade to the son's computer. Had some issues, but those were some quality hours spent with people in India.... ALPS Touchpad Utility wouldn't come out, and Win8 wouldn't load until it did! Camera didn't work until Dell Software was removed. And after a mere 4 months, Dell doesn't bother to tell you the Trend Micro won't work. At least that upgrade was free.
Over all, it is what it is. It is faster. It's a new interface, but hey, so was the first time I tried a Mac. It's not that hard.
I do hate how everything is tied to a Microsoft account. Seems very Mac-like! I'll figure ways around that too!
As for the Metro Start screen, Meh, it's fine. For those saying it causes cancer, haters are gonna hate!
It was worth $15 buck. And I'm sure a high school kid will love it.