Man people say learning programming is like learning a language... it's not, it is like learning every single language along with maths. I had no idea it would be this in depth, I thought it was like html or something, that * was easy lol. Reading this book on C, it's 957 pages long and giving me a headache.
I think I'll start with the C# stuff once I figure out how to install Visual Studio 2010 to Windows 8 as it says the Os isn't compatible.
On Windows8 use Visual Studio 2012. You can get a free express edition on the web to get you started.
Also without GFWL how do you expect Visual Studio achievements to turn into Xbox cheevos?