Hey all, here's my predicament, i need to upgrade my laptop (i5 @ 2.2, 4gb ram) from Win7 premium to either Win7 ultimate or Win8 because i NEED to run 2-3 languages on my computer (certain work files only work in a particular language so i have no choice), and Win7 premium only allows you to use one language (damn u Microsoft!!!!!) The ONLY thing i need is access to the 2-3 languages on the same OS without any headaches (so 3rd party programs that i googled are out of the question). So my choices are either to upgrade to Win7 Ultimate for $99, which i know will be painless and straight forward as it's just a matter of unlocking the language packs on my comp, or upgrading to Win 8 for $39 but risk all the nuances & pains in using a new OS. 1) will upgrading to Win8 make me lose files & reset my settings or is everything preserved and stays the same? 2) can i have the normal start menu feature in Win 8 and disable metro painlessly? 3) is compatibility with some programs/drivers an issue, or if it'll work with Win7 it'll work with Win/8? I don't have time to learn to use a new OS or deal with compatibility issues, hated using a Mac cause it was so much different from Win7. Yes call me old fashioned or whatever, but is Win8 as similar a switch as from Vista to Win7?(i really had nothing new to learn making that switch & it was totally painless) Thanks for reading and any advice would be greatly appreciated!