@rhm: Well, with the right hardware the startup and hibernate times are much faster ... but that's a good point -- apart from the new start screen what else does Win8 offer?  Is there a list somewhere?

I probably will go to Win8 on my desktop machine and if I find I really can't live with the Win8 start menu (or my wife or children find they can't) then this looks like a good option.

Herbie