I used Windows 8 32bit since October 27, and it is pretty good for a newer Windows operating system.
All my computer hardware like Printer, USB TV Tuner, video, sound, USB drives, mic, and DVD drive work in Windows 8 like Windows 7.
One of my main reasons for installing Windows 8 on my older computer because it has low system requirements like a 1 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of hard drive space, and a DirectX9 video card, and I read reviews and comments online that said it uses less RAM then Windows 7, so I can continue using my slower computer parts, but experience better performance in Windows 8.
I installed Windows 8 on an older computer with a 1.86 GHz Dual core CPU, 1GB of RAM, onboard intel video, non-touchscreen LCD monitor, and 320GB hard drive.
Windows 8 runs better then Windows 7 for me since Windows 8 uses less RAM better then 7.
I can now watch HD YouTube videos without slow video playback in a web browser compared to Windows 7 which sometimes tend to slow down my computer when I watch YouTube videos, and have too many tabs, or programs open. Regular video files like video I recorded with my USB TV Tuner or digital camcorder also open pretty fast on GOM player, and Windows Movie Player without slow down when loading the video for the first few seconds which sometimes happen in GOM player in 7, but does not slow down when loading video for the first few seconds in GOM player in 8.
I was also able to install all my software like MS Office 2007, Google Chrome, FileZilla, CDBurnerXP, and more I installed on 8 without any problems.
Big programs like MS Office Word 2007 also load slightly quicker compared to 7.
The new Market App store in Windows 8 is also useful for looking for apps, games and programs to use on Windows 8.
My web browsers and websites I visit also seem to load slightly faster in Windows 8.
The Desktop user interface is still available for Windows 8, and it is similar to Windows 7, but without the startmenu button which is not a big problem for me since I mostly just make desktop and taskbar short cuts to my most used programs like Firefox, IE, Chrome, and other programs. The task manager, Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer 10, and the file copy dialog box also look nicer. I like the matte finish of Windows in Windows 8.
The modern touch/tile user interface isn’t very hard to use. It took me an hours to get used to the new user interface with keyboard, and mouse. I kind of like the Modern user interface since the tile shortcuts, are big, and easy to click, and move with a mouse and keyboard. I also can change the background picture very easily for the modern and classic desktop.
The login screen also looks a lot nicer in Windows 8 then the blue Windows 7 wallpaper. I like the selection of themes, and wallpaper in Windows 8 more then 7. Although, I wish Windows 8 came with Avatar/Profile pictures for changing my profile picture, but it is not a big deal since I mainly just use my own pictures as a profile image.
One minor problem I have with Windows 8 is shutting down since I need to move my mouse to the top or bottom right corner, go click settings, power and shutdown, but I see one benefit of this is that you won’t accidentally hit the shutdown button like in Windows 7 startmenu which happen to me a few times.
The corner navigation takes a few hours to get used to. You move your mouse to the bottom left to go to the start screen, and top left to change apps, and to close apps, you hold on to the top, and drag the app to the bottom when in Touch mode.
The desktop mode navigation is like Windows 7 minus the startmenu. There are programs like Start8, Pokki, and Classic shell to get the Startmenu back if you feel you need it. You can click on the recycle bin to launch Windows Explorer, and use the recylce bin sidebar, and address bar to navigate your computer disk and settings.
The new task manager in Windows 8 also looks nicer, and is easy to use. I like the new Startup tab in Task manager which makes it easy to disable startup programs.
The new copy, cut, and paste window also looks nicer, and lets you pause copy, paste, and cuts. Windows Explorer has a nice 2D modern themed Window design.
It is also easy to change the login background image which used to be very hard to change in Windows 7 because I had to go into the registry editor, and upload a image file to the Windows directory, or use a 3rd-party program to change the login background picture for me.
Windows 8 also comes with an Antivirus called Windows Defender which is similar to Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows 8 also comes with a Firewall software to keep you safe when you use your computer.
My favorite thing about Windows 8 is its fast start up time, sleep, restart, and shut down time. Also, Windows 8 does not freeze/forced shutdown when shutting down on my older computer with slower computer parts.