I was fool enough to buy a HP Pavilion big notebook. Windows 8 and NOT A TOUCH SCREEN. £400+ wasted, down the pan! Totally unimpressed with HP, PC World, Windows, the whole boiling of them. Gone to an Ipad Air reluctantly. No one said Windows 8 NEEDS a touchscreen, just took my money.
Just to put the other side to this thread. I have upgraded to a new computer a few weeks ago and I kept an open mind to windows 8+1. At first I was not that keen but now I cannot see any problems with it and sadly I am starting to get comfortable with it.
It is a problem with technology that things move on so we have just got to learn to move on an get used to it. Keep an open mind and give it a chance.