I've never really trusted Microsoft when it comes to dual-booting, especially if you're dual-booting their own OSes. As an update to my own experiences of W8, the hard disk on the laptop was faulty, it failed yesterday. So I've now put the original Hitachi hard disk that contains my W7 installation back into it. So that concludes my investigation of W8 for now. I've been impressed with how it recognises existing hardware, as well as my peripherals, and it definitely got bonus points for seeing my RAID as soon as I got to the desktop on the first run. -- in comparison, even W7 needs drivers before it even realises my RAID exists, as well as a couple of other pieces of hardware in my main working PC. W8 recognised everything without needing any interaction or extra drivers from me, so in that respect its very good. I still can't but think that on desktops and other non-touchscreen devices it needs a start menu though. The option to show Metro would be cool, like maybe a quick start icon similar to the way they've always had the "show desktop" icon in the taskbar, or even just a icon pinned to the taskbar, so users can use the start menu, as well as the tiles if they want. As it is to be expected, it still had many quirks that I'm sure will be resolved by the time it hits retail. It is a pre-retail "testing" release though, so some issues are understandable.