Yes, it actually is a superior code. And your argument is really conflicting. First you claimed Win8 sucked because it was too different from Win7, and now you're trying to insinuate it is just a stripped down version of win7. Pick a complaint and stick with it. Win8 is faster because its coded better. That's what happens when you work on a new OS for 3-4 years. And if you're really all that bent out of shape about the Metro interface you can always set the computer to bypass it and go directly to the desktop. The only reason it's so cheap is because they now have iOS to compete with.